CFB Picks: Notre Dame vs Louisville College Football Picks, Predictions 10/17/20
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Louisville Cardinals (1-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -16.5 -- Over/Under: 63.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Louisville Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday in week 7 college football action at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Louisville Cardinals need a statement win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Louisville Cardinals have lost four of their last five road games. Malik Cunningham is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 986 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Cunningham has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Tutu Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick have combined for 515 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Braden Smith has seven receptions. The Louisville Cardinals ground game is averaging 177.7 yards per contest, and Javian Hawkins leads the way with 468 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 34.3 points and 389.8 yards per game. Dorian Etheridge leads the Louisville Cardinals with 27 tackles, Monty Montgomery has two sacks and C.J. Avery has one interception.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for another win to start a season 4-0 for the second time in the last three years. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish haven’t lost a home game since September of 2017. Ian Book is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 608 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Book has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Kyren Williams and Javon McKinley have combined for 228 receiving yards on 12 catches while Tommy Tremble has nine receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 270.6 yards per contest, and Williams leads the way with 359 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 13 points and 323.3 yards per game. Kyle Hamilton leads the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 15 tackles, Isaiah Foskey has two sacks and Shaun Crawford has one interception.
The Cardinals are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 conference games and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Fighting Irish are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 8-1 in Cardinals last 9 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Fighting Irish last 7 home games.
The Louisville Cardinals entered the season with a lot of hype, but they looked like frauds last week against Georgia Tech where they blew a 21-7 lead and were outscored 32-6 in the second half. Notre Dame is not a team I trust in big moments or with a ton of chalk, but their offense has rolled these last two games and they've been kind to us against the number lately. Maybe Louisville was in a lookahead spot last week and will have better focus this time around, but I'm having a hard time trusting the Cardinals right now. Notre Dame can't afford to take its foot off the gas with Clemson lurking in a few weeks.
I look for Notre Dame to win this game by three touchdowns.