The Clemson Tigers-Louisville Cardinals clash of the titans on Saturday will be attracting eyes from all over the nation, including National Football League scouts. Lamar Jackson is back under center for the Cardinals this season, and they're off to a solid start as a result.
Utah State (1-1) at Wake Forest (2-0), 3 p.m.: The Aggies won 36-24 at home past year in the first meeting between the two teams.
Clemson's defense kept Jackson contained for the most of the night as the Cardinals managed only seven points through the first three quarters before Louisville added a few scores in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.
Clemson rallied and went on to win the national title.
No. 25 UCLA Bruins at Memphis Tigers, ABC, Noon: Most early Saturday games can be a bit sleepy, but trust this one to be an eye-opener. But while he scrambled to make something of an otherwise miserable night, Clemson's own offense kept pace. He has accumulated 1,010 yards and eight touchdowns through the Cardinals first two games. We ranked the Clemson defensive line the best in the nation entering the season, and it has lived up that billing.
As you probably know, Jackson beat out Watson for last year's Heisman trophy.
"I look forward to trying a sip of my Six & Twenty winning after the Cards win, although I still have my doubts about any bourbon that's not made in Kentucky", he said. Jackson accounts for three of those; Deshaun Watson produced the other.
As we prepare for another classic matchup between U of L and Clemson, I can't help but to think about many things when it comes to this matchup.
The Buzz: Mayfield finished with 381 yards and three touchdowns while leading Oklahoma to its 12th consecutive win, an impressive 31-16 victory over then-No. Two of picks came in the second half and both led to touchdowns. We got our hands full with this guy.
"It's kind of all 11 guys working together", Petrino said.
"The environment at Louisville, it's probably one of the loudest stadiums we'll play at this year".
Louisville Cardinals - Louisville poured on the offense in their 47-35 win over North Carolina.
A huge difference between the Jackson who awed the college football world a year ago and the one who is again performing at a high level this fall, is that he is going through his passing progressions.
But All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins has done an excellent job of taking on that leadership role. The defensive line was nothing short of sensational against Auburn, and Louisville's blocking unit is comparable-which is to say, not great.
Clemson has had strong start defensively this year.
The pressure will be on Clemson's offense to score points because Lamar will get his no matter what - Louisville scored 36 a season ago - and interestingly enough, our preseason numbers love Louisville in this game giving us that much more confidence.
"He was the best quarterback on the field". Hyatt has been a starter since the day he arrived at Clemson and has the feet, range, strength and flexibility to play very well on the left side.
None of them, though, had suffered a loss to a team ranked higher than 12th.