College GameDay crew breaks down keys to UofL, Clemson matchup

Fans & analysts breakdown UofL-Clemson game

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A lot has been made about the place you Clemson's Death Valley, but fortunately for the Cards those 85,000 plus won't be on the field.

"That's why you go to a Louisville or you go to a Clemson, so you can play in these games, these matchups," ESPN College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard said.

As the hype surrounding the UofL match with Clemson in Death Valley continues to build college football fans can't help but compare two dynamic quarterbacks  Lamar Jackson and DeShaun Watson.

"Outside of both of them being black and playing the same comparison that's where the comparison stops with me," said Howard.  "Deshaun is a more accomplished passer.  Lamar is a much more effective runner"

"Lamar Jackson is like watching a video game right now," ESPN GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said. "He's doing things and everybody's saying Michael Vick, but there was a guy named Michael Bishop that he reminds me of.  That was when the athletic quarterback was just starting to become trendy Michael Bishop did things where you just kind of scratched your head."

Since we arrived in Clemson their fans have been telling everyone in Cardinal red that Louisville hasn't seen a defense like Clemson, but in a game that could come down to defense, the experts see it differently.

"Most teams that kind of offense they don't quite have the passing game to compliment it but Louisville does," Herbstreit said.

"Clemson's front seven is going to have to play just very strict disciplined fundamental football," Howard said.

"If you watch the Florida State game they were really neutralized up front and it gave Lamar Jackson a chance to get running downhill," said Herbstreit.  "If you get him a chance for him to get downhill and build up his speed I don't want to say it's impossible to stop him, but it makes it very very challenging."

As for who will ultimately win the game, well, it depends on who you ask.

"I haven't figured it out yet," said Howard.  "I'm still trying to see has an advantage and who has an edge."

"We're going to win, but it's going to be close," said a Clemson fan

"Big W," said Sarah Schaefer. "A big win for sure.  Lamar is going to be Lamarvelous!"

Louisville is currently a 2 point favorite in this game but just a week ago Clemson was favored by 2 points so only time will tell.

You'll have to tune into WHAS Saturday at 8:00 p.m. to find out.


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