Louisville vs. Clemson fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 3
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Louisville (2-6) vs. Clemson (8-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Louisville Will Win
The passing game is working.
The defense might not be doing much of anything, and the losses keep piling up, but the Cardinals are bombing away with Jawon Pass throwing for 300 yards – okay, 299 against Georgia Tech – in three of the last four games.
Granted, a lot of this has to do with the offense trying to keep up with the horrible defense, but as least the O has the upside to battle with the Tigers at least a little bit.
For the Cardinals to come close to pulling this off, Pass has to start with 300 yards just to get isn the discussion, but most importantly, he and the offense have to answer every big Clemson scoring drive.
They can’t get their doors blown off right away.
There’s nothing to lose at this point for the Cardinals, so let it rip, and see if it can screw up the ACC star. The pressure is off, and Pass and the explosive receiving corps have to play like it.
One Reason Why Clemson Will Win
The Louisville lines are AWFUL.
There’s absolutely no pass rush, there’s absolutely no pass protection, and there’s absolutely no consistency to the running game.
Other than that, everything is going great.
By the way, Clemson’s defensive front is pretty good.
The Tigers are killing everyone’s ground attack so far. No one has rushed for more than 175 yards, and last week, the D lived in the Florida State backfield with five sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and stopping the Noles for -21 net rushing yards.
Pass is going to be under pressure all game long.
With no pass rush to worry about, it’ll be another target practice game for Trevor Lawrence, who’s settling into the job with two straight 300-yard games against defenses challenging him to make plays.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s not like the Tigers needed any more motivation or to play any better, but being No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff rankings should keep the focus on the big prize.
How good have they been? They’ve won their last three games by a combined score of 163 to 20. It’s not going to stop now, especially after Louisville scores early.
The Cardinals will poke the bear with an early lead, and then it’ll be all Tigers the rest of the way.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Clemson 52, Louisville 17
Line: Clemson -39, o/u: 61
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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