Notre Dame vs Louisville NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 9/2/2019
Monday, September 2, 2019
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The Louisville Cardinals host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Cardinal Stadium on Monday, September 2, 2019. The opening line for this game has Notre Dame as 16.5 point favorites. The Cardinals had an over/under record of 8-4-0 and they were 1-11-0 against the spread last year. The Fighting Irish had an ATS record of 6-5-2 while their over/under record was 6-7-0.
Valuable Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Trends
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were 6-7-0 against the over/under last season
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were 6-5-2 against the spread last year
Important Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends
The Louisville Cardinals were 8-4-0 against the over/under last season
The Louisville Cardinals were 1-11-0 against the spread last year
Key Notre Dame Fighting Irish Injuries
08/19/19 WR Michael Young Collarbone is out indefinitely
08/12/19 TE Cole Kmet Collarbone is out indefinitely
Key Louisville Cardinals Injuries
08/06/19 DL Dejmi Dumervil-Jean Undisclosed is out for season
08/06/19 S TreSean Smith Suspension is out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ran for 2,378 yards as a team last year, which ranked 52nd in college football. They ran 534 times, averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Fighting Irish were penalized on offense 68 times for 595 yards last season, which had them 92nd in the country in penalties. They were 41st in the nation in points scored with 408. They ran 952 plays last season for 5,725 yards, which ranked them 33rd in Division 1 in total offense. The Fighting Irish averaged 6 yards per play, which was 50th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 304 1st downs last year, placing them 25th overall as an offensive unit.
The Fighting Irish rush defense allowed 472 attempts for 1,814 yards last year, putting them in 35th place in D-1 against the run. Notre Dame committed 65 penalties for 549 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 16th in college football. They were 13th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 237. They surrendered a total of 4,516 yards on D, which was 33rd in the country. The Fighting Irish were ranked 13th in yards per play allowed with 4.7. Opposing offenses completed 276 passes on 485 attempts against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense last season, placing them 117th and 125th in Division 1. The Notre Dame pass defense also gave up a total of 2,703 yards through the air, which was 49th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish attempted 22 field goals last season and made 18, which was 23rd in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 82%. Notre Dame Fighting Irish kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 46 for 49 last year. Their punters totaled 2,367 yards on 53 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That placed them 15th in Division 1 in punting average. Notre Dame was ranked 59th in the nation in punt returns with 20 last year. They accumulated 196 punt return yards and averaged 9.8 yards per return, which was 56th in college football. They returned 13 kicks for 276 yards on special teams, ranking 123rd in kick return yardage. The Fighting Irish averaged 21 yards per kick return and they were 51st in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,197.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cardinals were 124th in the country in points scored with 238 last season. They ran 796 plays last year for 4,242 yards, which ranked them 93rd in Division 1 in total offense. The Louisville Cardinals averaged 5.3 yards per play, which was 99th in the nation. As a team they accumulated a total of 226 1st downs last season, ranking them 111th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Louisville ran for 1,709 yards, which ranked 104th in college football. They ran 402 times, averaging 4.3 yards per rush as a unit. The Cardinals were penalized on offense 101 times for 862 yards last year, which had them 9th in the country in penalties.
Louisville was 128th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 529 last year. They gave up a total of 5,820 yards on D, which was 115th in D-1. The Cardinals were 123rd in yards per play allowed with 6.9. Opponent offenses completed 187 throws on 290 attempts against the Louisville defense last season, ranking them 10th and 3rd in the nation. The Louisville Cardinals pass defense also surrendered a total of 2,476 yards in the air, which was 25th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 552 attempts for 3,346 yards last season, putting them in 127th place in the country against the run. The Cardinals had 66 penalties for 622 yards on defense last year. That placed them 43rd in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Louisville was 102nd in the country in punt returns with 13 last season. They totaled 197 punt return yards and averaged 15.2 yards per return, which was 10th in D-1. They returned 44 kicks for 997 yards on special teams, which put them 6th in kick return yardage. The Louisville Cardinals averaged 23 yards per kick return and they were 92nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 5,436. The Cardinals tried 12 field goals last year and made 10, which was 110th in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 83%. Louisville kickers made 90% of their extra points, going 28 for 30 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,798 yards on 70 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranked them 91st in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Cardinals college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals +16.5
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