Welcome to Hot and Cold Takes: Louisville Edition. As a reminder to all of the readers, this is HEAVILY driven by you. The format allows readers and fans to leave their own takes for the game, both HOT and COLD. As a recap, a HOT take is one that may cause some controversy, but will allow you to say, “CALLED IT!”. A COLD take is still impressive, but is generally more reasonable/expected. During the season, I will feature the most accurate, most interesting, and the most wildly inaccurate after each game week. Now let’s get to the takes for the upcoming Monday Night action featuring the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
Kyle Hamilton gets his first collegiate interception
This is less about being on the Kyle Hamilton hype train and more a nod to both our defensive line and the skill of Louisville’s offensive line. Notre Dame will get up early in this game, forcing Louisville to focus heavier on the pass. This in conjunction with Julian Okwara and co. wreaking havoc will force some throws to be floated. There will be opportunities and Hamilton has shown he can capitalize on that. Can’t wait to see this kid in his first full action.
Jahmir Smith scores 2 touchdowns
Jahmir Smith should get plenty of carries, even if the game isn’t a blowout. Specifically he has a chance to be the short yardage/goal line back with his low pad level and hard running style. If the game does get out of hand, they will want to rest Jafar Armstrong and Tony Jones Jr. as much as possible, opening up the door even further for Smith.
The pronunciation of “Louisville”
Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler will have differing pronunciations of “Louisville”. I think Herby focuses on the Midwestern crowd as an Ohioan (Northern Kentucky). He appeases the good people of Kentucky and has the smooth “Lou-vuul”. In Contrast, the Denver native Chris Fowler will upset the locals with the “Lou-ee-ville”. By the 2nd quarter they ditch it all together and just says the Cardinals.