Free Week 5 Prediction: Cardinals vs Tigers Odds
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(4-0) Louisville Cardinals vs. Clemson Tigers (4-0)
Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Louisville -2
NCAA Betting Total: 67.5
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For the second time in three weeks the game of the week is featuring Louisville, and we are not talking hoops.
The first time around they demolished Florida State and if they can win this one they seem a lock for the playoffs. Again, we are talking about Louisville.
Clemson, last year’s runner up, are also undefeated but it is an understatement to say they are hardly playing like they did a year ago.
It might be playing down to the competition or the fact that it is hard to be the “it” team for an extended period of time.
No matter how much talent you have.
It is hard for the Cardinals to get much better on offense.
They are first in yards and points and are averaging record paces. By now everyone knows about Lamar Jackson.
This season, in addition to being a phenomenal athlete he is showing tremendous understanding of the game. Bobby Petrino knows how to coach offense and in Jackson he has the most dynamic force in the game today.
Sorry DeShaun Watson, the numbers speak for themselves.
In case you thought Jackson was the hole offense, Brandon Radcliff is averaging close to ten yards per carry through 4 games.
Jackson may be lightning in a bottle but the Cards can also bludgeon you.
Louisville’s defense is also very good. The overall numbers may not look special overall but they have been in so many garbage time situations that it may not be fair to evaluate them on the totals.
The story coming into the season was that the Tigers would have to make some big time replacements on defense but that the offense might be the best in the nation.
Through four games the defense has been superb, allowing just 11 points per game, but the offense has yet to find its stride. The only game in which it has scored more than 30 points was a laugher against FCS South Carolina State.
If they want to make it back to the playoffs they better flip the switch soon.
Without watching every play it is tough to pinpoint why they have struggled but one of the factors is that Watson has not been as sharp as expected.
He is completing only 60% of his passes (67% last year) and is nowhere near the running threat.
The would be Heisman winner is laps behind Jackson at the moment but that could all change with a big win.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0 in Cardinals last 4 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Over is 4-0 in Cardinals last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Over is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games in October.
- Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games on grass.
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To show you just how fast things can change the Tigers, though undefeated are not even favoured at home this weekend. Just let that sink in a bit. Before the season I think they would have been at least -7, maybe more.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Louisville -2
Be that as it may the Cardinals still look like the better value right now. I have to admit I got drawn into taking FSU -3 on the road a couple of weeks back as I underestimated this team.
If Clemson does not get their offense going they may suffer the same fate at Florida State, getting beat big.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Louisville 38 – Clemson 24
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