The third week of the college football season is when the ranked teams usually start to drift away from the powder puff opponents in favor of something a little tougher for the enjoyment of College Football betting lines fans. The #11 ranked Clemson Tigers certainly have a tricky proposition on Thursday night when they head to Louisville to face the Cardinals. This will be the first game away from home for Clemson this season.
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Taking A Closer Look at the Tigers vs Cardinals NCAA Football Odds Match Up
Why Bet on the Clemson Tigers
The Tigers had very comfortable wins in their opening 2 games of the season, which you would expect when Wofford and Appalachian State are the opponents. It is the next 3 games that will really tell us what this team is made of, as Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are next up after the Cardinals. Clemson would be wise not to look beyond this game, though, as Louisville have been better than their 0-2 record suggests. The Tigers will once again have DeShaun Watson taking the snaps, and the young man has gotten off to a very solid start.
He is 37 of 48 for 448 yards and has only thrown a single pick versus 5 TD passes. Again, it cannot be overstated enough that those stats came against much lesser teams. Of bigger concern is the running game, which has averaged 87 yards over the first 2 games. That said, Wayne Gallman is coming in with a pretty healthy 5.9 yards per carry.
Why Bet on the Louisville Cardinals
If the Louisville Cardinals are to have any success in this game, it is going to have to come via the running game. They have been edged out in tight affairs in both of their first 2 games, and were very unlucky not to get anything out of either, especially in week 1 when they pushed Auburn to the limits. The biggest concern for Louisville has been the performance of their starting QB Lamar Jackson, who has thrown 3 INT’s versus a single TD in the opening 2 games.
Kyle Bolin has looked steadier when he has played, and another error from Jackson may see the switch being made permanently. What Jackson does bring, though, is the ability to run, and he has had 122 yards and 2 TD’s in the first 2 weeks of the season. RB Brandon Radcliff has also chipped in a couple of TD’s on the ground.
My Expert Betting Prediction and Pick
This is a game that Clemson should win, but the big question is whether or not they will cover the 6-point spread. I’m going with the Tigers to win by 10, which of course means they will cover.