Coaches weigh in on clash between Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Clemson's defense

Coaches weigh in on clash between Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Clemson's defense

The Tech people felt that Clemson folks didn't spend enough money when they came to town, so the Tiger faithful made a decision to prove them wrong by buying stuff with $2 bills that would show their spending power.

All Jackson and the Louisville offense has to do is overcome what ESPN's Chris Low called "the new D-Line U" featuring All-American Christian Wilkins, junior Austin Bryant (school record 4 sacks against Auburn) and sophomore Clelin Ferrell.

The defending national champion Clemson has put together staggering numbers through its first two wins of the year, outscoring opponents 70-9. It's a fascinating matchup that pits Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy victor, against a Tigers defense that might be the toughest in the nation. In that title game, Watson was magnificent as he threw for over 400 yards along with 4 total touchdowns.

North Carolina knew that Jackson was capable of beating its defense with the deep ball, and aligned its secondary to prevent that. 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. On the other hand, Lamar Jackson threw for 295 yards and added another 162 on the ground against a Clemson defense that was one of the top units in the country a year ago. Both of which will be featured in this weeks marquee matchup, Clemson vs Louisville.

Will this be the year that the University of Louisville football team defeats Clemson?

Clemson's defense showed last week that its front remains as formidable as ever.

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But aside from 2008, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Patriots' opener, he's avoided serious injury. The NFL has struggled to come to terms with the danger of concussions and the lifetime health risks they pose.

The Clemson defense has allowed nine total points so far through two games but with a player as dynamic as Pocket Lamar entering the fold, things get could away from them in the end. The Tiger offense isn't almost as spectacular as the one that showcases Jackson, but it's efficient.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables doesn't like to keep highlights of Jackson's play on too long.

Making matters even more hard for Clemson is that the Tigers have so many new starters on offense. What makes this pick appealing is that IL is coming off an impressive win against Western Kentucky's high octane spread passing attack, winning 20-7, and shutting down quarterback Mike White in the process. Jackson's 505 average total yards per game are more than 104 FBS teams have compiled, including Clemson.

This game truly will be a tossup, as you might have the best offense in the nation against the best defense. Smith is the kind of big, tall, fast and physical receiver that National Football League clubs love. If Jackson can get these two to come up big for him again, Clemson could lose their first ACC game of the season. But all the games have been close: two games were decided by six points and the game in Louisville was decided by three points. I had them because that's how many I could get, because a couple of us just wondered how many free tickets we could get for a game by taking them whenever they were offered. Says Lamar Jackson in the discussion. Our linebacker Stacy Thomas is really talented and experienced.

"I think the thing we did previous year is, we went out there and played fast", Petrino said. It'll be interesting to see how Clemson's defense will try to contain the elusive playmaker.

His biggest challenge of the season awaits him in Louisville, when the irresistible force meets the immovable object. "It would be nice since the defense did step up this week, to take some weight off their shoulders".

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