Louisville Cardinals vs Clemson Tigers - Free College Football Week 5 Pick

Charles Stark

Saturday, October 1, 2016 4:14 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 4:14 PM UTC

Last year Clemson escaped a trip to Louisville winning 20-17 and this year the Cardinals are looking for revenge. Most of the public has jumped on Louisville in this spot and currently the Cardinals are a slight road favorite. Join expert capper as he finds where value lies for your NCAAF picks.

 Louisville Cardinals

Last year at home versus Clemson Louisville gained just 272 total yards versus Clemson's 401 yards in the 20-17 loss. Of course, the X factor in that matchup was that Lamar Jackson wasn't the starting quarterback and the Heisman front runner looks to be a major difference versus Clemson tonight. On the season offensively Louisville has been a wrecking crew averaging over 60 points per game but I believe tonight their explosive offense will be a bit tempered. 

To me, I thought they caught Florida State, with a freshman quarterback, in a great spot so they were able to run up the score against a Seminoles team that looks a little bit overrated. That won't be the case tonight as Clemson is extremely good on the defensive side of the ball and playing at home will only enhance this, more on that below. I could see why the public would want to jump on Louisville considering how they have ruled the first four games of the year but Clemson is a different monster and I believe this game come down to who is the better defensive team, and that is Clemson.


Clemson Tigers

Last week Clemson held Georgia Tech to just 124 total yards of offense while beating the Yellow Jackets 26-7. Needless to say, Clemson dominated that game but today they face a completely different type of team in Louisville that can do so many things with Jackson a quarterback. However, this is a Clemson team that has not lost at home in two years and are probably a little bit sick of hearing the hype surrounding this Louisville Cardinal team. Defensively Clemson is very tough all across the board with a very good D-line that should make things a little bit difficult on Louisville as I imagine they'll be able to put some pressure on Jackson. This team is simply not accustomed to giving up a lot of yards at home and I anticipate they will be able to score against a Louisville defense that has given up their share of yardage like over 400 to Syracuse on the road.


Louisville Cardinals vs Clemson Tigers  

Odds makers currently have this game as Clemson plus 1 or more across the board. For my NCAA football pick I'm going to take the Tigers at home +2 like at Bet online -110, now offering an incredible sign up bonus. We will all get a good opportunity tonight to see if Louisville is for real.


Free NCAAF Pick: Tigers +2
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline
NCAA Football Record: 5-5

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