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No. 3 Clemson relishes matchup with Jackson, No. 14 Louisville

No. 3 Clemson relishes matchup with Jackson, No. 14 Louisville”

I'm not saying that Lamar Jackson will win the Heisman again, but I'm not NOT saying that the junior quarterback at Louisville will win the Heisman again.

BEST MATCHUP: Central Michigan's pass defense against Syracuse's passing attack.

Clemson, the defending national champion, is ranked No. 3 and brings a 2-0 record into the game. It was one of many impressive performances by Jackson, who walked away with the Heisman trophy.

Week 3 of college football lost a little bit of shine when Miami-Florida State moved to October (Clemson-Louisville moved down to fill the Week 3 primetime slot), but there's still enough to like about the schedule.

Jackson vs. Clemson's defense. Plus, Pitt's offense hasn't been as productive as it needs to be in the first two games and won't be able to keep up with the scoring.

Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell said those who went him against him past year are more wary this time.

"Obviously, you know what he can do with his feet".

That's what Clemson did in the opening half, perhaps best remembered for former linebacker Ben Boulware choking Jackson on a tackle.

Where the Tigers went wrong after halftime was giving Jackson too many opportunities, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

Two mid-majors coming off disappointments!

Clemson cornerback Ryan Carter said Jackson hurt the Tigers when he broke from the pocket and made plays on the run.

Jackson has had a fast start to the season. He's accounted for 1,010 yards and eight touchdowns in wins over Purdue and North Carolina. Jackson is a better overall quarterback than he was when these teams played a year ago (and Jackson had 457 yards and three touchdowns), and that will allow him to mitigate the clear advantage the Clemson defensive line has going into the game.

"Lamar is unbelievable", Louisville offensive tackle Geron Christian said. "He's going to make his plays - that's going to happen - but we've got to minimize them and do a great job of taking good angles, and when we get our hands on him hang on and tackle".

The growth we've seen from Duke has been fairly obvious - they are better across the board at the skill positions, Jones is a rising star, and this could be the best offensive and defensive lines the Blue Devils have had under David Cutcliffe. Clemson's defensive line, however, makes the task a tall one for the Cardinals, and that will ultimately be the difference. The Tigers had 11 sacks in shutting down Auburn last week. For those of you bad at math, that's 505 yards per game.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino certainly is hoping for a different outcome.

"He's a great player", Petrino said.

"I think the thing we did past year is, we went out there and played fast", Petrino said.



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