Clemson Tigers at Louisville Cardinals
College Football Pick 9/16/17

Clemson vs Louisville
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When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 16, 2017
Where: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
Betting Line: Clemson -3, Total: 56.5
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC.

The reigning national champions and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner face off in a early-season matchup between (#14) Louisville and (#2) Clemson. Clemson has won all three previous meetings, but each has been decided by six points or less. Last years game was a 42-36 victory in which the Tigers made a fourth-down stop on their own 3-yard line to hold on.

The Cardinals certainly have the offense to put the pressure on Clemson’s defense, as Lamar Jackson and Louisville rolled up 705 total yards in last week’s 47-35 win at North Carolina and are averaging 41 points in their first two games. However, the Tigers have a dominant defense and in their first two games they have yet to allow a touchdown and have given up only 237 yards of total offense. The top player of that unit is defensive end Austin Bryant, who was named National Defensive Player of the Week after getting seven tackles and four of the team’s 11 sacks against Auburn. Lamar Jackson has accounted for 1,010 yards of total offense in a stellar start to his bid to become the second two-time Heisman Trophy winner. The Cardinals’ defense has been excellent against the run, allowing just 34 yards per game on the ground, but that is mitigated by a susceptible secondary that has given up a whopping 338.5 yards per game through the air.

Clemson vs Louisville Prediction

I know Clemson has a top defense but they can be passed on. The Cardinals will get enough points to force Clemson to score a lot to win. I still like Clemson to win and I am taking the game to go over the total. The key to my Clemson bet is that I will not give more than three points.
 

Clemson vs Louisville Pick: Clemson -3 & Over 56.5 points