The Tigers are coming off an impressive performance last weekend, sacking Auburn quarterbacks 11 times in a 14-6 win at Death Valley. They're averaging 614.5 total yards of offense per game through two weeks. Junior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins contributed another 10, and junior defensive end Austin Bryant made four of Clemson's 11 sacks.
Although it's still early, Clemson might not have as many NFL prospects as the Tigers did a year ago when they won the National Championship. It gets another huge test this week at Louisville, where Lamar Jackson will try to put up some more video game numbers; he lit up North Carolina for over 500 yards of offense this week.
The central matchup in this game will be Clemson's front seven against the reigning Heisman Trophy victor, Lamar Jackson. Jackson has thrown for 771 yards and five touchdowns. He might not be the deep threat that Washington is, Ateman runs well, also. They held the Tar Heels to just 17 rushing yards, and just 48 if it excludes the loss of yards from quarterback Chazz Surratt's sacks.
Jackson and the Cardinals almost knocked off Clemson last season, falling 42-36 as Jackson was stopped one yard short on fourth down with 33 seconds left to play. He remains as electric as ever on the ground, and he looks as if he's improved as a passer.
As Clemson and Louisville prepare to face off Saturday in Kentucky, the mayors in each of their cities are betting bottles of bourbon on the ACC matchup.
Clemson has had little problem regularly scoring points since 2011 when now-SMU coach Chad Morris took over as offensive coordinator. USC displayed a physical and balanced offense, embarrassing a Stanford defense which prides itself on its toughness.
While Bryant has yet to start a road game, he did watch Deshaun Watson play in plenty of big games away from home over the previous two seasons. It could be all too overwhelming for quarterback Kelly Bryant to keep up with this week. So who wins? Andrea Adelson and David Hale weigh in on that game, plus the rest of the ACC schedule.
While Mullen and Jackson have not talked about the upcoming game between the No.2 Tigers and No. 14 Cardinals, they have discussed last year's game. Kansas State has an offense capable of going on the road against an SEC team and physically dominating a game, but the defense is still a concern.
Jackson's elusiveness and athleticism really shows when he tucks the ball and decides to run with it. Will agrees with the line Vegas has for the Clemson/Louisville game even though he isn't a bettor. Don't forget this game had three overtimes.
In the Cowboys' first two games, Rudolph has completed 45-of-62 passes for 638 yards and six touchdowns. But I would also predict Jackson would love to trade his Heisman for Watson's national championship trophy if given the opportunity.
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Lamar Jackson might have to revert to his bag-o-tricks to pull this one out. The defensive line is as talented as any in the nation, and while inspirational linebacker Ben Boulware is gone, Kendall Joseph has stepped in well to fill the void in what is still an athletic linebacking corps.
"He was in college when I was in my past year of (high school) football, so that's when it kind of started", Mullen said.