Early Bird: No. 2 Clemson Rolls to Another Blowout Win vs. Louisville

Willie Bee

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:24 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 2:24 PM UTC

Facing one of the weakest defenses in the ACC, Clemson is a huge favorite at home on Saturday’s college football betting card against Louisville.

Louisville (2-6 SU, 1-7 ATS) at Clemson (8-0 SU, 4-4 ATS)Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ABC)Free NCAAF Pick: Clemson -38½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Our previous trip to Clemson ended with the Tigers narrowly avoiding an upset loss to Syracuse. That may have been the wakeup call Dabo Swinney’s squad needed as the Tigers responded with three successive blowout wins and covers to remain perfect to sit No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

Clemson was better than a 3-TD favorite against an obviously undervalued Orange side, and even more is expected from the Tigers this time against a Louisville Cardinals crew that is winless in ACC action. Speaking of TD’s, we’ll be enjoying our Bloody Mary along with some wings at TD’s bar on old College Avenue to see if Clemson can cover a 38½-point spread at 5Dimes, Saturday’s scoreboard target set at 59½.

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Coach Swinney 🗣 from the Week 1 #CFBPlayoff ranking show #ALLIN 🐅 pic.twitter.com/qB3GI5cP4X

— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 30, 2018
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Tigers Should Feast On Louisville Defense

A long season for Bobby Petrino’s troops will only get worse this week as the Cardinals picked the wrong team to go up against for their first conference triumph. With a trip to Syracuse next week before closing out the campaign with home games against solid NC State and Kentucky teams, all signs point to Louisville’s current 5-game skid still being alive when the schedule comes to an end. A huge problem for the Cards has been their inability to stop the run, Wake Forest galloping for nearly 370 yards on the ground last Saturday and now facing a Clemson attack that is 14th in the nation averaging 237 yards rushing per contest.

The Tigers found themselves in a 0-0 game the first 15 minutes at Florida State a week ago before finding their stride to take a 28-point lead into halftime. The eventual 59-10 decision easily covered a -18½ spread on NCAA football odds boards as Trevor Lawrence passed for over 300 yards and four scores. Tailback Travis Etienne was kept out of the end zone for the first time this season, but the Tigers’ leading rusher could be in line for a huge game against this porous Cardinals defense.

The Ville 0-4 All-Time Vs. Clemson

While this rivalry has produced some close and exciting games along the way, the end result has been the same with the Tigers winning all four since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014. Clemson has also covered the last two, each of which saw the two sides combine for over 1,000 yards of offense to help send both past the totals.

The Tigers should do their part to keep that offensive trend going on what should be a nice afternoon at Memorial Stadium (sunny, low-60s at kickoff). With a trip to face a pretty good Boston College team on deck, Swinney could take his foot off the gas at some point, though against this bad Louisville bunch, even Clemson’s backups should have enough to cover for my free college football pick.

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