February 24 2018

Tennessee Over Florida, Clemson over Louisville Among Top 25 Predictions

February 24 2018, 05:45 | Sammy Rose

Tennessee Over Florida, Clemson over Louisville Among Top 25 Predictions

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald sprints past his teammate and an LSU defender for a first down during the second half of their NCAA college football game against LSU in Starkville Miss. Saturday Sept. 16 2017. Mississippi State won 3

Clemson and Louisville kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET from Papa John's Memorial Stadium.

The Florida Gators are 5.5-point favorites against the Tennessee Volunteers on the Week 3 college football odds with a 49 total. That's because we also know they're also going to leave a whole lot of their trademark $2 bills in local establishments, including Churchill Downs.

A year ago in Death Valley, Jackson fared well against an equally tough Tigers defense, passing for 295 yards and rushing for 162 in a 42-36 loss that went to the wire.

Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Says Lamar Jackson in the discussion.

While the Tigers were able to come away with the win last season despite a minus-two turnover differential, it must be noted that they were at home and they had Deshaun Watson.

Lamar Jackson headlines this week's look at the top five Heisman Trophy candidates. The best of those games is No. 3 Clemson at No. 14 Louisville. The Tech people felt that Clemson folks didn't spend enough money when they came to town, so the Tiger faithful chose to prove them wrong by buying stuff with $2 bills that would show their spending power.

"Some of it's fun", he said, "and then the more you see of it, the more sick you get". While the Cardinals' competition hasn't been great, Jackson proved past year that he is capable of huge performances against bigtime opponents.

Jackson and the Cardinals were knocking on the door of a game-winning score when receiver James Quick came up a yard short on fourth-and-12 at the Clemson 3 with 33 seconds left. The Tigers D proved that it's the best defense in the land last weekend, recording 11 sacks while limiting Auburn to just 117 yards.

Again, these totals take into account yardage that Jackson lost on sacks. He amassed seven tackles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass.

"We got our hands full with this guy", Swinney said.

"He's a great player", Petrino said. It will be essential, Carter believes, to keep him behind the line and force him to pass. "They play the run well". There were a few blips in the first two games - a shaky, wobbly throw into traffic in the red zone at UNC comes to mind - but he just seems much more polished.

The Heisman incumbent has been spectacular this season, with 1,010 total yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in Cardinal victories over Purdue and North Carolina.

If you add the yards back in, though, which Football Study Hall did, Jackson ran for 123 yards in the victory over the Cavaliers.

But All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins has done an excellent job of taking on that leadership role.

"He exposes a lot of people in the way that he plays". Defensively, Clemson is allowing 4.5 points and 118.5 yards per game.

Clemson has had strong start defensively this year.

The offensive line for Louisville is critical, too.

The defending national champion Clemson has put together staggering numbers through its first two wins of the year, outscoring opponents 70-9.

"They're very good up front", Petrino said.

This is how Louisville ended the 2016 contest against Clemson.

"He in my view is the best assistant coach in the country", Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said when giving Venables a $270,000 raise after last season. However, when you flip that equation, a not-so-surprising result gets spat out, too.

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