College Football Pick: #3 Clemson Tigers at #14 Louisville Cardinals
Two Top 25 ACC Teams Battle
This is a major battle between two ACC teams, as the #3 Clemson Tigers (2-0) visit the #14 Louisville Cardinals (2-0). The game will be played tonight at 8 p.m. E.T. Our Clemson plays Louisville 2017 college football pick offers the Tigers at -3.0 and the totals at 61.0. Clemson started the season by beating Kent 56-3 and then they took on a very tough Auburn team, taking them down 14-6. The Cardinals started their season by beating Purdue 35-28 and then they managed a victory over UNC by a score of 47-35.
Clemson Offense vs. Cardinals Defense
Tiger QB Kelly Bryant will run a lot and pass to a degree. He’s been good on 69 percent of his passes, hitting for one TD and tossing one pick. Bryant has averaged 5.2 YPA and has three rushing TDs. Both Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne are dangerous runners. Together receivers Ray-Ray McCloud and Deon Cain have close to 200 yards in receptions. This is not the most dynamic offense, but when combined with the Tiger defense, it usually gets the job done.
The Cardinal defense has played unevenly. LB Jonathan Greenard (2.0 SCKs, 4.5 TFL, 1 FF) needs to have a big game for Louisville to stay close. The team has a solid run defense, but is very vulnerable to the pass.
Louisville Offense vs. Tigers Defense
Junior QB Lamar Jackson is hard to stop. He’s a solid passer and a dangerous runner. He has five passing and three rushing TDs. RB Malik Williams is averaging more than 11 yards per attempt. The Cards also have a fine group of receivers. Jaylen Smith, who has 300 yards and 17 catches for an average of 17.6 YPC, leads the receiving group. Dez Fitzpatrick has eight catches, three of which are for touchdowns.
DE Austin Bryant (12 TCKLs, 4 SCKs, 4 TFL) and DT Christian Wilkins (11 TCKLs, 2 SCKs, 2.5 TFL) are two fin stoppers. LB Dorian O’Daniel, who leads the team with 18 tackles, has 1.5 sacks and 2.0 TFL. This is a hard as nails, shutdown D.
Clemson Plays Louisville 2017 College Football Pick
Clemson has a stellar defense and a good offense. The Cardinals can score points, but they can’t seem to stop other teams from putting them on the scoreboard. Our Clemson plays Louisville 2017 college football pick is the Tigers at -3.0.