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Notre Dame vs. Louisville Cardinals NCAA Football Betting Picks

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals

One of the more interesting matchups from the opening week of the 2019 NCAA football betting season has to be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals contest. The Fighting Irish are coming off a spectacular season in which they arose as the best non-conference team in the nation. On the other hand, Louisville is coming off an atrocious season and are hopeful they can turn things around here. So what kind of matchup are the NCAA sportsbook odds predicting?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals – Mon., September 2nd

When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
TV: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Notre Dame -20 (-110) -1300
Louisville +20 (-110) +850
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Last season Notre Dame managed to post a 12-1 record. As aforementioned, this pegged them as the best independent program in the nation as they snagged one more win than Army. Their stellar efforts led to a playoff berth from the program. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, that berth didn’t amount to much as they were promptly eliminated by Clemson 3-30. Nevertheless, 2018 was a great season for the Fighting Irish and it promises that they can build off that success. In 2019 Brian Kelly will return as head coach for Notre Dame. He is of course joined by offensive coordinator Chip Long and defensive coordinator Clark Lea.

Players to Watch: Ian Book (2,628 passing yards, 19 TD, 7 INT), Tony Jones Jr. (392 rushing yards, 12 TD, 6.3 AVG), and Chase Claypool (639 receiving yards, 4 TD, 50 REC).

Louisville Cardinals

The Cardinals had a terrible season last year that saw Bobby Petrino fired mid-November. Lorenzo Ward stepped into serve as interim but didn’t help the program much as they would finish on a 7-game losing streak. Now Scott Satterfield has been hired as the head coach and has brought in an all new coaching staff. This includes Dwayne Ledford picking up the gauntlet at offensive coordinator and Bryan Brown stepping in as defensive coordinator. Satterfield is coming off a 5-year stint with Appalachian State college where he served as head coach. Under his watch, the program delivered 5 straight winning season as well as 3 conference titles in his last 3 years.

Players to Watch: Jawon Pass (1,960 passing yards, 8 TD, 12 INT), Malik Cunningham (497 rushing yards, 5 TD, 6.3 AVG), and Dez Fitzpatrick (422 receiving yards, 3 TD, 31 REC).

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Numbers

Trends

  • Notre Dame

    • 13-1 SU in their last 14 games.
    • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Notre Dame’s last 5 games on the road.
    • 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
    • 8-0 SU in their last 8 games played in September.
    • 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in week 1.
  • Louisville Cardinals

    • 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games.
    • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 7 of Louisville’s last 8 games.
    • 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games played in September.
    • 0-5 SU in their last 5 games at home.
    • 7-0 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Independent conference.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Notre Dame vs. Louisville Cardinals matchup? All things considered, Notre Dame is the safer pick here. They’re coming off a much better season and should have no problem taking care of a chaotic Louisville program. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Moneyline: Unsurprisingly, Notre Dame opens as massive favorites on the money line. You can up the value here by making a parlay prediction off this contest.

ATS: The spread is predicting a lopsided win for the Fighting Irish but one they should easily cover.

TOTALs: N/A

Score Prediction: 36-3 Notre Dame.