Louisville is the best team in the ACC. Yes, I know they lost to Clemson 42-36, but that is a game they should have won. They were down 28-10 at one point during the Oct. 1 matchup. Superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals came back and were a yard away from keeping their drive alive and most likely scoring the game-winning touchdown.
Louisville (6-1) has looked unstoppable in almost every game this season, and the team that is ahead of them in the ACC Atlantic Division in the aforementioned Clemson Tigers are undefeated and No. 3 in the country but have looked shaky at times to say the least. There is no doubt in my mind that Louisville would beat Clemson if they played again.
The only opponent both teams have played so far is NC State. Clemson played the Wolfpack in Death Valley two weeks ago and should have been beaten. It took a missed NC State field goal for the Tigers to force overtime, score a touchdown and escape with a 24-17 victory.
Fast forward to last Saturday. Louisville played the Wolfpack and beat them 54-10. So there is that. Also, Clemson has not played a single top-25 team besides Louisville.
While coach Bobby Petrino’s Cardinals have not played amazing competition either, they have played one top-25 team besides Clemson. That was against then No. 2 FSU, who the Cards embarrassed 63-20. In addition, Louisville has dominated pretty much every single team on their schedule and look to be one of the best teams in college football.
The biggest reason for their success is the play of their quarterback Jackson. The kid is a superstar. He is an electric playmaker, who not only has a great arm, but can make opposing defenses look silly when he runs the ball with his blazing speed.
So far, Jackson is producing eye-popping stats. He has thrown for 2,161 yards and 18 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He is also No. 8 in rushing in the FBS as he has added 908 yards on the ground and scored 16 times.
He is unbelievable to watch. Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick even asserted that Jackson is five times better than he was in college. Not a bad thing to come from the electrifying Vick.
The Petrino-Jackson offensive partnership is the most unfair coach/quarterback duo that I can remember in quite a while. It is a match made in heaven. Combine that with the rest of a talented offense that includes running back Brandon Radcliff and a receiving corps led by James Quick and the No. 10 defense in the nation, and ol’ Bobby has to feel good about his team this year.
There’s no doubt in my mind that they are truly the best team in the ACC and, if they win out, deserve a playoff spot. Will they get a playoff spot? I am not sure. They would need some help.
But are they one of the four best teams in the country? Absolutely.
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