Notre Dame vs Louisville Preview

By: Max O'Neill
Posted: October 15, 2020

After a big 16 point win over Florida State last weekend, Notre Dame welcomes the Louisville Cardinals to Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish are trying to go to 4-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 and the third time since 2014-15. The Irish come into this game as 16-point favorites. 

The Fighting Irish and the Cardinals have played each other twice, splitting those two matchups. The last time they played each other was in 2019, when the Fighting Irish won 35-17. 

This game will be the Irish’s third consecutive home game to start the season.  In those games Notre Dame is averaging 27.3 points per game. While Louisville has split their first four games, with back to back road games coming into this game. This season the Cards have been outscored by their opponents 137-116. After winning in week one, over Western Kentucky, they have followed that up by a three-game losing streak against ACC opponents. 

In Notre Dame’s last game, they beat the Florida State Seminoles 42-26. The Irish were led by Kyren Williams’ career day on the ground getting 185 yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 carries. The running attack carried the Fighting Irish offense accounting for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

In the Cardinals last game, they lost 46-27 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Cards took a 21-14 lead into halftime, before collapsing in the second half only scoring 6 points. Cardinals QB Malik Cunningham led the way with 229 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air and 73 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. 

Key for Louisville: 

Keep possession of the ball: In the Cardinals first three games of the season Louisville has turned the ball over 11 times, three times in each game. Notre Dame’s defense has yet to force a turnover so far this season. The Cards have won the time of possession battle this season. If they keep the Notre Dame’s offense off the field they have a good chance to win.

Key for Notre Dame: 

Stay Upright: In Notre Dame’s first three games of the season, QB Ian Book has been sacked only three times and the offense has turned the ball over only twice. One of those turnovers came on a fumble by Kyren Williams in the second offensive play last weekend, which he more than made up for. Notre Dame will win this game if one of the most experienced offensive lines in the entire nation, keeps Ian Book upright and as a result Book doesn’t turn the ball over. 

Prediction: Notre Dame wins 45-10. 

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