Bet Clemson Vs LouisvilleJosh Bailey
The best game on the Week 3 College Football betting slate will feature the defending College Football National Champions facing the defending Heisman Trophy winner. On Saturday, September 16th at 8:00 PM ET, the Clemson Tigers will face Lamar Jackcons and Lousiville Cardinals on ABC from the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Week 3 college football spread favors Clemson by a field-goal to beat Lousiville. Clemson is ranked No. 3 and brings a 2-0 record into the game. Louisville, also 2-0, is No. 14. Each of the three previous games between the teams has been decided by six points or less and gone down to the final play. Clemson has won them all.
Clemson Tigers Vs Louisville Cardinals Spread & ATS Pick
What: No. 3 Clemson Tigers (2-0) at No. 14 Louisville Cardinals (2-0)
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Louisville, KY
Stadium: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Spread: Clemson -3
Moneyline: Clemson -155 vs Louisville +135
Game Total: 56
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Clemson vs Louisville
Why Bet The Clemson Tigers To Beat The Cardinals
“Louisville is an outstanding team and that’s a difficult place to play,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “But it’s exciting and is going to be a lot of fun. To me, that’s what you come to Clemson for — to be part of games like this in great environments.
“We’re looking forward to it. This is a fun game to prepare for because you just know that every play is so critical.”
The Tigers rank second nationally in total defense and sacks and are in the Top 10 in seven defensive categories. Clemson has not allowed a touchdown this season and held Auburn to 15 second-half yards. They will have to count on that defense to keep Lamar Jackson in check.
In Louisville’s 42-36 loss last year at Clemson, Jackson almost single-handedly lifted Louisville to victory, totaling 457 yards and accounting for four touchdowns in a game that wasn’t decided until Louisville came up one yard shy of a first down at the Clemson 3-yard line in the final seconds.
“We have more pieces on defense, more functional guys,” Swinney said. “We’re creating some depth. After two games, I like where we are.”
Why Bet The Louisville Cardinals To Beat The Tigers
QB Lamar Jackson has been impressive in early wins against Purdue and North Carolina, averaging 505 yards per game, including 385.5 yards passing.
“When he gets to running around, he’s a handful and we saw that last year up close,” Swinney said. “He’s going to make his plays — that’s going to happen — but we’ve got to minimize them and do a great job of taking good angles, and when we get our hands on him hang on and tackle.
“He’s fun to watch, but he’s not fun to prepare for, he’s not fun to play against. He makes a lot of people look bad.”
Louisville has plenty of other offensive weapons, including wide receiver Jaylen Smith, who ranks among the national leaders with 17 catches for 300 yards and has helped the Cardinals rank fifth in the country in total offense at 614.5 yards per game.
Last Saturday, Jackson became only the second player in FBS history to have at least 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in consecutive games in a 47-35 win at North Carolina. Jackson’s 525 yards of total offense were the most ever allowed by the Tar Heels.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Tigers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win.
- Tigers are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cardinals are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September.
Clemson vs. Louisville Week 3 Betting Analysis:
Louisville took Clemson down to the wire on the road last season, and the Tigers must now play a second consecutive big game, as they come in off an A+ performance at home against Auburn last week. Louisville has the edge on offense and special teams and will have home-field advantage. Still, Clemson rates a large defensive edge, even though Louisville is allowing just 34 yards per game rushing (1.5 yards per rush).
Take Louisville with the points.