5 players to watch for on the Clemson Tigers team that will play host to Louisville on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC

Cardinal Authority gets you prepared for this week's match up between the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals and the No. 5 Clemson Tigers. We take a look at five players to watch for on the Tigers' roster. The game is slated for 8 p.m. in Clemson, S.C.

For the second time in three weeks, the University of Louisville football team will be part of ESPN's College GameDay and will be the ABC featured game nationally when the Cardinals travel to Clemson on Saturday night.

The kickoff is slated for 8 o'clock.

And also for a second time in three weeks, the Cardinals will be part of a game with a ton of talent on the field. Clemson lost to Alabama in last year's national championship game and returns a boatload of players.

The Tigers arguably have more talent than anyone else on the Louisville schedule and head coach Bobby Petrino said he knows this will be a "challenge" for his team this weekend.

"They have a very, very good football team," Petrino said. "They have a lot of continuity as far as what they do offensively, defensively and in special teams. And they play the game really well."

And Cardinal Authority has you covered on all of the takes of the game. Here's a look at five players to watch for on Saturday night when the Tigers play host to the Cardinals at 8 o'clock.

1. DeShaun Watson, Jr., Quarterback - We listed Watson as the best player Louisville would face this season during the preseason and nothing has changed our minds after four weeks. Watson has a chance to be a top pick in the NFL draft pick and is still one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy. He threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns but had two interceptions last season against the Cardinals in a 20-17 win by Clemson. He keeps plays alive with his legs and posted the nation’s first 4,000-yard passing, 1,000-yard rushing season.

2. Mike Williams, Jr., Wide Receiver - Williams might have been the best player on the list had he played last season. He went down in the first game with a season-ending neck injury but is back and looks solid again. He had 57 catches for 1,030 yards and six TDs for the Tigers' offense in 2014. In the first four games, Williams has 20 catches for a team-high 303 yards and one touchdown.

3. Ben Boulware, Sr., Linebacker - Boulware isn't leading the Tigers' in tackles this season but he's the leader in the middle of the defense and is an All-ACC performer. He's made a ton of big plays during his career for the Tigers.

4. Carlos Watkins, Sr., Defensive Tackle - He's a major problem for the Cardinals on the defensive front. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Watkins already has 19 tackles, including three sacks. He's athletic enough to cause troubles for the Cardinals' offensive line.

5. Ray Ray McCloud, So., WR-Returner - McCloud isn't just a threat on offense but he's the No. 1 punt returned in the nation heading into this week. The 5-10, 180-pound speedster has 21 catches for 255 yards and two TDs and in the return game he's averaging 18.8 yards a return. McCloud doesn't have a return TD but does have a 74-yard return. He's dangerous folks.

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