Notre Dame vs. Louisville Football Betting Analysis, Odds & Pick

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals NCAA Football betting odds and picks
  • by Anthony Carpenter
  • August 9th, 2019
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 20.5-point road chalk over the Louisville Cardinals, as the sports betting apps online spread goes for the NCAA Football game on September 2nd at 8pm ET in the Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals Odds by BetAnySports

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Notre Dame -20½ (-110)    – -1400
Louisville +20½ (-110)    – +925
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Betting Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The 2018 Irish finished 12-1 SU and 6-6-1 ATS, the latter according to the best online sportsbooks. The school made its first appearance in the College Football Playoff, losing to eventual national champion Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Classic. As 10.5-point underdogs, the Fighting Irish did not cover the sports betting apps online spread against the Tigers. It was nonetheless a marquee season for Notre Dame, and as such, many on the roster became sought-after commodities.

QB Brandon Wimbush transferred to UCF. Wide receiver Miles Boykin was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. Tight end Alize Mack was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Linebacker Luke Jones transferred to Arkansas. Defensive tackle Jerry Tillery was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. Defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway transferred to Minnesota. Linebacker D. J. Morgan transferred to UConn. Cornerback Julian Love was drafted by the New York Giants. Defensive back Noah Boykin transferred. And defensive back Devin Studstill transferred to USF. On the plus side, quarterback Ian Book stands out among the starters who are returning. Book passed for 2628 yards with 19 TDs in 10 games in 2018. Those numbers should rise in 2019 without having to share starts with Wimbush.

Betting Louisville Cardinals

The Cards finished 2018 season 2-10 SU, 0–8 in ACC, and 1-11 against the sports betting apps online spread. Unsurprisingly, they placed last in the Atlantic Division. Louisville ranked No. 108 in total offense and No. 122 in total defense. It was an unmitigated disaster; reminiscent of head coach Bobby Petrino’s equally disastrous stint with the Atlanta Falcons. And similarly, Petrino would not finish the year as head coach, though this time the move wasn’t of his own volition. His wasn’t the only head to roll, though. Co-offensive coordinators Lonnie Galloway and Mike Summers and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder were dismissed as well. Thus, Louisville starts anew with head coach Scott Satterfield, offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford, and defensive coordinator Bryan Brown. The latter of whom is not to be confused with the Australian actor of the same name. You know, the guy in Cocktail who isn’t Tom Cruise.

Satterfield led the Appalachian State Mountaineers to three straight conference championships between 2016 and 2018. And four straight bowl appearances between 2015 and 2018. Though he resigned before App State’s 45-13 win over Middle Tennessee in the 2018 New Orleans Bowl. Appalachian State finished the season ranking 6th in total defense and 37th in total offense. Such a stark contrast with Louisville. “I think the first impression was that these guys were obviously very hungry [with] a bad taste in their mouth of what happened last year,” Satterfield said of the Cardinals. “They want to be good. So, they were very welcoming. They were like, ‘Coach, we’re ready to work. What do we need to do?’” For the ACC media, however, the more things change the more they remain the same. The Cards were voted to finish last in the Atlantic Division preseason voting.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals Game Prediction

Notre Dame went undefeated in the regular season, but not against the spread. As a matter of fact, the Irish were a 50/50 proposition. Which is still a lot better than Louisville single cover of the season. Moreover, Brad Crawford of 247sports.com expects the Irish to regress somewhat this season. “Notre Dame’s slate might be the most unfair in college football since seven of its 12 games are against teams coming off bye weeks,” he writes. However, on day 1 and with all things being equal, Our Lady of the Lake should be able to win and cover.