Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-0 (2-0) VS Louisville Cardinals 1-3 (0-3)
This isn’t the game weeks for the Cards that we had in mind. Louisville was considered to be a program on the rise and one of the more dangerous teams on Notre Dame’s schedule (even before all of the changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Instead, the Cardinals have lost three straight (all ACC games) and seem unable to overcome any of their shortcomings.
Louisville still has a dangerous offense with plenty of talent at the skill positions, but their offensive line has really played terribly which has caused them to be less effective as a unit. On defense... well the defense is just bad and is one of the worst units in the ACC — which of course is the bigger reason why they are 0-3 in ACC play.
Notre Dame comes into this game as 17 point favorites after their 3-0 start. Last week the Irish shook off the rust from a COVID outbreak that forced them to stop operations. postpone a game, and then play the waiting game. They still beat a “gamey” FSU squad fairly easy with a 16 point win.
We’re looking for a lot of improvement from the Irish this week — especially on the defensive side of the ball. Against the Noles, tackling was a major issue. So if they get back to their standard there, they shouldn’t have many problems with Louisville.
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New week. Same mindset.— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) October 12, 2020
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