Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters. It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame. Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite. After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup 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 of the best internet sportsbooks. I like the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Apart from the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys? Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a successful win and IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real football, where the games rely and will our records on this one. Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club. However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza. Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win games and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity. Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell you have your Irish up. Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal record last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon. While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over. So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer? Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise! Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked final year. Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a match. Louisville does have to hope not and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight. Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time. Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks. I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is right, and in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville. Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110) Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)