The season is finally here for Louisville football as they go head-to-head with no. 9 ranked Notre Dame on Labor Day. Here are three keys for the Cards versus Notre Dame.
Louisville football is finally here.
There is no better feeling than walking into a packed Cardinal stadium filled with intensity and optimism. After a very long summer, in just a few days, that’s finally going to happen.
Things, however, are going to be the polar opposite of easy. The Cards will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, fresh off an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the College Football Playoff. The Irish won all 12 scheduled games in 2018 which included four wins against ranked teams. Their only loss came at the hands of the eventual national champion, Clemson.
The last time these two teams met, Reggie Bonnafon led the Cardinals into an insane environment in South Bend on senior day and escaped with a win.
Since then, quite a bit has happened.
Louisville fans had the pleasure of watching Lamar Jackson win a Heisman Trophy and create endless highlight plays in a Cardinal uniform. All-in-All we’ve had some great moments, some bad moments, and now a completely different coaching staff and culture than 2014.
Things are different for the Irish as well, they went into the last matchup unranked after starting the season ranked in the top 10. Since then, they’ve had 10 or more wins in three of the last four seasons and are coming off a season in which they made their first appearance in the College Football Playoff.
They appear to only be moving upward.
Star quarterback Ian Book is back this season and is protected by four returning starters on the offensive line. Their defense lost five of their 11 starters this year which could lead to some opportunities for Louisville to take advantage in a game one type scenario.
With that being said, here are the three keys to success in regards to our Labor Day showdown with Notre Dame.