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NCAA Football Picks: No. 3 Louisville Cardinals at No. 5 Clemson Tigers

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 30 September 2016 23:38

No. 3 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 5 Clemson TigersIt is a Top 5 matchup on Saturday night as the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals visit the No. 5 Clemson Tigers on ABC. The Cardinals feature the most exciting player in college football in quarterback Lamar Jackson while the Tigers have Deshaun Watson. If you think this is going to be a high scoring game you are not alone as oddsmakers set the total for this contest at 67. The Cardinals are listed as road favorites at top sportsbooks like Mansion88. Let's look at the matchup and NCAA football picks.

NCAA Football Odds at Online Sports Betting Sites

Louisville Cardinals -2, total 67

Louisville Cardinals 4-0 SU, 3-0-1 ATS


The Cardinals feature the most explosive offense in the country as they are averaging 63.5 points per game. Jackson has been unbelievable this season and is the current favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. The Cardinals haven't been great on defense as they are allowing just over 22 points per game but the defense hasn't needed to be great as Louisville is steamrolling opponents.

Jackson has thrown 13 TD passes and he has run for 12 TDs. The Cardinals have gone over 600 yards in total offense three times this season. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said that Jackson is tough to defend.
"If a guy is just a runner, he's easy to defend. If he's just a passer, little bit easier to defend," Venables said. "But he's a very dynamic player. You can have everything right, and he can get himself out of tough situations."

Clemson Tigers 4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS

The Tigers are coming off a 26-7 win last week against Georgia Tech. The Tigers haven't been nearly as good on offense this season but they did look better last week in the win over the Yellow Jackets. The Tigers are scoring just over 33 points per game while they are allowing just 11 points per contest.

The Tigers defense will have to find a way to contain Jackson if they are to win on Saturday. "The highlights I've seen have been like a video game," head coach Dabo Swinney said. "He's a gifted guy. When we studied them last year, and we knew that maybe he didn't have quite the whole package down just yet, and we played them early. By the end of the year, man ... we continued to see them on tape, he was playing other people, and it was like, whoo, OK, this kid's going to be something special."

Game Notes

This game on Saturday will mark the first time in ACC history that the conference will have two top 10 matchups within the first five weeks of the season. The ACC is making a case for being the top conference in the country as they went 8-0 last weeks in nonconference play.

The Cardinals are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 28-11-1 ATS at sites that feature a great sportsbook review in their last 40 road games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

The Over is 4-0 in the Cardinals last 4 road games. The Over is 5-0 in the Cardinals last 5 conference games. The Under is 4-0 at sports betting sites in the Tigers last 4 games overall. The Under is 13-5 in Tigers last 18 home games.

NCAA Football Picks

I will take Louisville and the game over the total.

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