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Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Apart from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a successful triumph IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win matches and to alter the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with a completely new offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS final year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh mindset on building a statement, and with this being a federal game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)