Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft targets to watch: Clemson vs. Louisville

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As we prepare for another classic matchup between U of L and Clemson, I can't help but to think about many things when it comes to this matchup.

The Tigers and Cardinals have battled each year since Louisville joined the ACC, with each game being decided by less than seven points - six points at Clemson in 2014, three points at Louisville in 2015 and six points last season at Clemson. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News.

Let's go inside the numbers.

On a Saturday in September, it's not cliche to call something a must-win game. Questions about the offense after a 14-6 win over Auburn were effectively answered with their second 40-point effort in three games, this against a ranked opponent. In the last encounter, Clemson posted a 42-36 victory in Louisville 2016.

The OddsShark computer likes Clemson to get the road win. Reasonable people could debate if Jackson's defenseless here, but it doesn't matter because of the crown launch. However, one game truly packs a punch, but the other games are merely significant for the teams involved and are not likely to affect the College Football Playoff. Give us the Illini to keep it close and make this a game on Friday night. Clemson edged out Louisville previous year in a contest that really put Jackson on the map nationally. It costs a lot of money to manufacture Kryptonite, but his value in building what's becoming a Clemson dynasty is priceless.

"I want to watch Lamar Jackson in-person", Bell said. Bryant had a career-high 316 yards passing at a 22-for-32 clip.

With Florida State losing quarterback Deandre Francois, the Clemson-Louisville game could be the deciding game in the ACC Atlantic Division race.

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

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Since he entered the league in 2015, that's only been done four times.

It was the flawless opportunity for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson to prove himself against Clemson's vaunted defensive front. Get all of the latest lines that you need to get a piece of the action!

Jackson's final, fourth-down pass near Clemson's end zone came up a yard shy in a last chance to take down the Tigers. In those contests, the Cards are 2-5; the two wins came back in 2015 against Wake Forest and Boston College. They weren't exactly juggernauts.

Again, these totals take into account yardage that Jackson lost on sacks.

"They're very good up front", Petrino said. The 19th-ranked Cardinals play at San Diego State, which just knocked off Arizona State of the Pac-12 last week.

The offensive line for Louisville is critical, too.

They cheered as loudly as they could when the Tigers ran onto the field, but their voices became barely audible as Louisville players emerged from their red tunnel. Clemson doesn't have Deshaun Watson at quarterback anymore, but it does have what is probably the best front four in the country, on par with Alabama. Not after a loss like Jackson suffered at the hands of the Tigers.

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