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Dabo Swinney: Lamar Jackson is an unbelievable player

Dabo Swinney: Lamar Jackson is an unbelievable player

That's how many tickets I had for a single University of Louisville football game in 1987.

"They're a great group", Petrino said. Of course they got the majority of the publicity, which was fine with me. I might've even gotten a couple of free ones from Convenient Food Mart.

AP TOP 25 SCHEDULE (all times Eastern): No. 1 Alabama vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m., ESPN2 No. 2 Oklahoma vs. Tulane, 6 p.m., FSOK PPV No. 3 Clemson at No. 14 Louisville, 8 p.m., ABC No. 4 Southern Cal vs. Texas, 8:30 p.m., FOX No. 5 Penn State vs. Georgia State, 7:30 p.m., BTN No. 6 Washington vs. Fresno State, 9:30 p.m., Pac-12 No. 7 MI vs. Air Force, Noon, BTN No. 8 Ohio State vs. Perhaps some enterprising reporter will ask the home of the Kentucky Derby how many $2 bills it put in the bank after the Clemson people staggered out of town on paws made sore by what will happen beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Caught up in his feelings of excitement, the gunslinger took the Oklahoma flag, and planted it into the turf at midfield, upsetting the whole state of OH and becoming a hero in basically every other state.

It's all pretty heady. The hype. The spectacle. Clemson has quickly shaken off all the doubt just two weeks in, as the Tigers replacements haven't missed a beat in their 2-0 start.

Back in this situation again, it's all about taking the next step.

Coaching and defense. The Tigers are led by Dabo Swinney, who must be mentioned anytime the best coaches in college football are brought up. Clemson managed to smother Jarrett Stidham last week and I can see this pass rush creating more havoc in the backfield. Which position group could be better in 2017 after the national championship? It is used to these games.

Last season against Virginia, Lamar Jackson officially ran for 88 yards. The offense was stymied last week, but Kelly Bryant has been solid in his first two games as the starter, passing for 417 yards with a touchdown and an interception and rushing for a team-high 136 yards and three scores. Sporting Tyrone Crowder and Mitch Hyatt, two of the ACC's best offensive linemen, Clemson's O-line is excellent.

So everyone knows the stakes.

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Lamar Jackson going to work - Much like last season, reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson has looked pretty unstoppable this season. Clemson struggled with the Cardinals a year ago.

But Kirk Herbstriet said, it's tough to argue, "The key is can Lamar Jackson get help from a running back to take some of the pressure off of him".

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Louisville's offense started to go when Brandon Radcliff found some running room. Louisville is looking for its first victory in the rivalry, which didn't begin until the Cardinals joined the ACC. Clemson rallied in the fourth quarter to win 42-36 previous year, overcoming five turnovers, three on interceptions by quarterback Deshaun Watson. Not coincidentally, Louisville rallied in the second half and almost knocked off Clemson. It likely will be without its preseason All-American cornerback Jaire Alexander, which is a blow to this defense. But Clemson stands to lose plenty in this game and they can not afford any slip ups this week.

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. Through two games - against Purdue and North Carolina - the junior has thrown for five touchdowns and run for three more. You've just got to stay focused and do your job.

On the other hand, Louisville's Seth Dawkins has been solid returning kickoffs, and a big one in this game could be a big boost against what has been an outstanding Clemson defense. The Tigers have a moneyline of -155 in this matchup, while Louisville sits at +145 and the Over/Under sits at 58 points. It could be all too overwhelming for quarterback Kelly Bryant to keep up with this week.

The ACC football conference title still goes through Tallahassee, but all eyes will be on the Clemson/Louisville game Saturday night. A season ago Louisville nearly pulled off the upset if not for barely missing a late fourth down conversion.