Clemson vs. Louisville 2017

Bulldogs beat down No. 12 LSU 37-7

Bulldogs beat down No. 12 LSU 37-7

Things have definitely changed for Clemson from past year coming into 2017. 2 Ohio State last weekend.

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this: this contest will play a hand in determining this year's playoff picture. Serving as the backbone of the defense for the past three years now, the Clemson defensive line has quietly been the most impactful area of the depth chart for the Tigers in their recent run of success. Clemson edged out Louisville previous year in a contest that really put Jackson on the map nationally.

"He's a very confident guy and has a great understanding of what they're asking him to do", Swinney said. Rudolph has size, a strong arm, uncanny accuracy and ball placement, a quick delivery and the ability to move around in the pocket. But Clemson kept Auburn out of the end zone, the visiting Tigers settling for a field goal.

Not only were the Tar Heels unable to stop the Cardinals consistently on third down, but the high number of targets in the flats allowed Jackson to take his shot deep downfield and connect with Jaylen Smith on a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Williams' career-best 149 yards on 13 carries at UNC were 17 more than Jackson, an important stat for a ground game looking to succeed beyond Jackson.

Making matters even more hard for Clemson is that the Tigers have so many new starters on offense.

Scott said there were some miscommunications among the offense that stopped the Tigers from getting into an early rhythm. They completely shut down the prolific Auburn running game and demolished quarterback Jarrett Stidham, sacking him 11 times. "Let's learn from it and how do we respond".

The senior will have another chance to make his case on the road against the Oklahoma State Cowboys and fellow Heisman hopeful Mason Rudolph (+1000) in November.

As good as Clemson has been getting after the quarterback, Louisville has been equally bad protecting Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson.

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. Mayfield was brilliant in the game with three touchdowns and zero interceptions, bringing his season totals to six touchdown passes and 715 passing yards.

After 485 yards against the Boilermakers and 525 against the Tar Heels, Jackson produced 381 total yards against Clemson and led only three scoring drives - and nearly all of his success came in garbage time when Clemson had taken its foot off the gas. But I'm going to say Deon Cain. Obviously, they've got a great defensive front and linebackers that can really run. This year's game figures to be just as close and competitive, as both teams have National Title aspirations. They slip blocks and make tackles and they keep them free.

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. "It's a good package". The Louisville quarterback had a brilliant start to the season against Purdue and North Carolina, but this was a different beast.

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