As good as Clemson has been getting after the quarterback, Louisville has been equally bad protecting Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson. They are two of the most famous schools in college football, and a lot of people think that they played in the best college football game of all time, the 2006 Rose Bowl in which Texas stopped USC on a touchdown by Vince Young in the final minute of regulation. They certainly did on Saturday against a 13th-ranked Auburn team that came in boasting one of the best offensive lines in the Southeastern Conference. The quarterback is going to make his plays.
I don't like going against good teams, especially when they are at home.
While the Tigers do not need Bryant to be Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, they do need him to do something that plagued former Tiger signal-caller Deshaun Watson - protect the ball.
As for Louisville, there are also numerous changes of note.
On offense, the best Clemson prospect is junior tackle Mitch Hyatt. Lamar Jackson has looked like the Lamar Jackson that won a Heisman last season, while Clemson's defense looks meaner than hell.
When Bryant returned, he led an 88-yard scoring drive that he ended with a three-yard TD run to take the lead for good.
If he does not give a dynamic Cardinal offense extra "at-bats", the Tigers chances of victory increase exponentially.
Clemson dominated to the point that a 14-6 lead seemed insurmountable. The Tigers have a moneyline of -155 in this matchup, while Louisville sits at +145 and the Over/Under sits at 58 points.
The two big games in terms of matchups are Tennessee's visit to Florida and Lamar Jackson's Louisville Cardinals hosting defending champion Clemson. He collected 485 yards of total offense and two touchdowns during the opener against Purdue, then amassed 525 yards and six scores at North Carolina.
But before that, he has his eyes set on revenge against a Clemson team that stole his shot at an ACC Championship last season. It was his ninth consecutive game with at least one rushing touchdown.
Jackson, who is the second player in FBS history to record consecutive games of 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing, has displayed his development, which could spell danger for the opposition. It was an outstanding defensive performance from the Tigers despite playing without safety Van Smith and cornerback Marcus Edmund, the latter of whom should be back for this game. 7 because of Hurricane Irma, the Tigers' visit to Louisville takes center stage, with Atlantic Division stakes firmly on the line so early in the season.
Clemson and Louisville have grabbed all the headlines this week, and deservedly so.
"I think the thing we did previous year is, we went out there and played fast", Petrino said.
Since the 2015 season, in games where Jackson has attempted at least 10 passes and run for fewer than 50 yards, Louisville has struggled. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 4.5 points and 118.5 yards per game.
"Clemson is very good up front", Petrino said.
"As mayor of Clemson, I am proud to say both our football team and our SC bourbon will bring their A-game to the table", Cook said in the release.