Early Louisville Vs Clemson Week 5 Odds, Pick & TV InfoNoah Williams
With the rise of mind-boggling quarterback Lamar Jackson and the now, third-ranked Louisville Cardinals, college football fans everywhere are looking forward to the huge October 1 matchup between the Cardinals and the fifth-ranked Clemson Tigers. That’s why the college football betting odds for this tilt are out a week early.
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Thanks to my expert betting analysis you’re about to get on one of the biggest matchups this season, you’re going to get some great insight into which team is offering the best value in this matchup.
Louisville Vs Clemson Odds, Pick & TV Info
What: No. 3 Louisville Cardinals at No. 5 Clemson Tigers
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Clemson, SC
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Spread: Clemson -3
Game Total: N/A
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Louisville vs Clemson
Bet The Louisville Cardinals Because…
Louisville has gotten off to a fantastic 3-0 start mostly because superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson has been a virtual one-man gang since the start of the season.
Through three games at the time of this writing, Louisville’s sophomore signal-caller has completed an impressive 61.0 percent of his passes for 913 yards with eight passes and just two interceptions while rushing for an additional 464 yards on 49 carries while scoring 10 mostly jaw-dropping rushing touchdowns.
Louisville is ranked first in total offense (679.3 ypg), 13th in passing (346.0 ypg), fourth in rushing (333.3 ypg) and first in scoring (65.0 ppg). While Jackson has been at the center of the Cardinals’ offensive improvements, the Cardinals also have a solid, but not overpowering, defense that ranks inside the Top 50 across the board.
Louisville is ranked 25th overall (302.0 ypg), 39th against the pass (188.7 ypg), 38th against the run (113.3 ypg) and 48th in points allowed (20.7 ppg).
Still, it is Jackson that makes the Cardinals go and they will need another outstanding effort if they want to beat Clemson.
Bet The Clemson Tigers Because…
Clemson is also off to a perfect 3-0 start after three games, but let me be honest, the Tigers are not firing on all cylinders right now despite their 59-0 shutout win over a Georgia Southern team they should never have been on the same field with in Week 3.
Clemson struggled to put away mediocre Auburn in its 19-13 season-opening win before looking even more pedestrian against Troy in their 30-24 Week 2 win.
Right now, the Tigers are ranked 44th in total offense (456.0 ypg), 26th in passing (289.3 ypg), 75th in rushing (166.7 ypg) and 46th in scoring (36.0 ppg).
More importantly, superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson has struggled mightily in completing just 56.9 percent of his passes after completing over 67 percent in each of the last two seasons. Watson has tossed a modest seven TD passes and three interceptions on the season.
The good news for Clemson fans and betting enthusiasts is that the Tigers still have an elite defense that ranks eighth overall (250. 0 ypg), an identical 17th against the pass (157.0 ypg) and run (92.0 ypg).
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While I’m stunned at the gifts and on-field play of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, I picked the Clemson Tigers to get back to this year’s national championship after falling just short a year ago and I’m sticking with that pick.
I know Louisville is 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games in the month of September, but Clemson is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an SU win and an encouraging 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record.
The Tigers have won two straight over the Cardinals in narrow fashion and I expect them to make it three in a row by keeping Jackson in check and forcing someone else to beat them.
I’m expecting the spread for this matchup to have Clemson as a 3-point home favorite and I expect the Tigers to narrowly cover it, mostly because they’re playing at home and know this is a contest they can; afford to lose against an elite opponent.
The Tigers have a really solid defense – and they’ll need it if they want to have any shot at stopping Lamar Jackson and the blossoming Louisville Cardinals!