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Coffee Break: Is this the year vs. Clemson?

17 September 2017, 06:22 | Anna Jefferson

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Kickoff is set for 8:12 p.m. ET inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

The Buzz: During the past five quarters, Rosen has passed for 621 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions while leading UCLA to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2015.

Clemson has won all three previous meetings, but each has been decided by six points or fewer, including a 42-36 victory past year in which the Tigers made a fourth-down stop on their own 3-yard line to hold on.

Clemson's offense might have to be mistake free facing Louisville and Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson. (Hey, what was all that one in a million talk?) The Longhorns defense allowed 8.31 yards per play against Maryland and gave up 507 yards against Cal past year. With a soft schedule on the horizon, and assuming Jackson avoids injuries, a win could launch Louisville's run to a playoff spot. It was one of many impressive performances by Jackson, who walked away with the Heisman trophy. If you've seen the show you are aware of the many creative signs fans produce and that was no different this morning when the show hit Louisville. Replacing Watson is junior quarterback Kelly Bryant.

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Louisville has been close all three years.

On three occasions, Jackson has thrown for over 350 yards in a game and also ran for at least 100 yards.

ABOUT CLEMSON (2-0, 0-0 ACC): The Tigers have leaned on a dominant defense in their first two games, as they have yet to allow a touchdown and have given up only 237 yards of total offense.

This is a Friday evening game so get your bets in while you still can. He amassed seven tackles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass. Two of picks came in the second half and both led to touchdowns.

"There's a lot of great players out there". It will be essential, Carter believes, to keep him behind the line and force him to pass. 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.

Jackson has had a fast start to the season.

The Cardinals certainly have the offensive firepower to put the pressure on Clemson's stout defense, as Jackson and Co. rolled up 705 total yards in last week's 47-35 win at North Carolina and are averaging 41 points in their first two games. Oklahoma's defense also impressed, shutting down Ohio State's senior quarterback JT Barrett and its exciting freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.

The Tigers' best National Football League prospect is junior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. "Being able to make those plays helped out the offense and special teams".

At most other positions, Clemson comes out in front. The Tigers had 11 sacks in shutting down Auburn last week.

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the Tigers' game against the Auburn Tigers at Memorial Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. The Cardinals, Petrino said, must go straight at the Tigers.

It's scary to think that Jackson is improved from previous year, but that has certainly been the case over the season's first two games.

Venables knows Jackson will be aiming to finish things this weekend like he didn't do a year ago.

"He in my view is the best assistant coach in the country", Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said when giving Venables a $270,000 raise after last season.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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