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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 that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes and then leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals. It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame. Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a road favorite. After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks. You are currently leaning to the Cardinals although I like the Irish. Other than the venue do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend? Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a successful triumph IMO, said a lot about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, will our records on this one and where the games rely. Remember Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club. But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza. Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win games and to alter the civilization. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking actions. I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense, well, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell. Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal record in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it. While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over. My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new? Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise! Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped last year. Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a national match. Louisville does have to trust never and also the Irish will accept them for granted have much fight. Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time. I was a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks. I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this case they certainly are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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) Read more here: http://tsllibya.com/?p=18311