Notre Dame Football: Notre Dame Fighting Irish will try to start their road back to the College Football Playoff on a winning note on Labor Day. when they face the Louisville Cardinals in a primetime game at Cardinal Stadium.
Notre Dame returns 14 starters from a 2018 team that went 12-0 during the regular season before being blasted 30-3 by Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Meanwhile, Monday’s game will be the first in the Scott Satterfield era at Louisville. Satterfield went 51-24 in six seasons as the coach at Appalachian State before taking over the Cardinals program in December. Monday’s kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.
In addition, the model knows that Book will have one of his favorite receivers back from last season, Chase Claypool. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound senior is coming off a season in which he caught 50 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns. He ranked second in the team in all three categories.
But just because the Fighting Irish return plenty of talent from a 12-1 team does not guarantee they will cover the Notre Dame vs. Louisville spread on Monday. The Fighting Irish are 18-point favorites in the latest Notre Dame vs. Louisville odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 54.5. Before making any Notre Dame vs. Louisville.
The Cardinals also return an experienced team. Louisville has 18 players who started at least five games last season. Eleven of those returning starters are on defense, which should be improved under new coordinator Bryan Brown. While at Appalachian State last season, Brown guided the fourth-best scoring defense in the FBS (15.5 points per game). His unit held the opposition to 10 points or fewer seven times.
In addition, the Cardinals have one of the best offensive tackles in the country in Mekhi Becton. A 6-foot-7, 369-pound junior, Becton has started 22 games over his first two seasons in Louisville, including 12 last year. He was named a second team preseason All-American by Sporting News.