That's how good the front seven played.
Both of them have the hardware to back up their supremacy claims.
In the past 16 seasons, only four players have gone on to win the Heisman after suffering a loss in the first month of the season: USC's Carson Palmer in 2001, Florida's Tim Tebow in 2007, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel in 2012 and Alabama's Derrick Henry in 2015.
It's only the fourth time in history that a reigning Heisman victor has faced a reigning national champion. Will talked about Clemson's defense and thinks they will get theirs against Louisville and that we cancel out Lamar Jackson's big plays.
The reigning Heisman victor is back to his old ways after he totaled more than 5,000 yards of total offense last season.
"It's great to win a game like that", he said Monday. "The more you see of it, the more sick you get". They slip blocks and make tackles and they keep them free. Louisville has undergone their own transition, but Jackson is still under center. But as long as he's there, Louisville is a contender.
Louisville (2-0, 1-0 ACC) has yielded 63 points and 745 yards through two games and trailed against both Purdue and North Carolina. But enough about the hype surrounding this Saturday's game.
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CT (1-0) at Virginia (1-1), 12 p.m. (ESPN2): Painful memories for the Cavaliers from last year's game - kicker Alex Furbank missed a 20-yard field-goal attempt as time expired, after Bobby Puyol put the Huskies ahead 13-10 with a field goal with just over three minutes left.
Clemson's sustained success is built of deeper stock. "We feel great about this game, and it's a big opportunity for our football team with College GameDay here and such a tough opponent coming into our stadium".
Mullen played 58 snaps against Auburn in a game dominated by Clemson's defense after playing 28 in the season opener and just 115 during his entire freshman season. That's the reason he's now the highest paid assistant coach in the nation, making $1.7 million a year.
"If he's looking to pass, you'd better cover" the receivers, Venables said. "I have to step up and play big", said the 6-foot-1, 221-pound Williams, who had 145 yards rushing last season. I'm just ready to compete with him, and it's just going to be a challenge. However, the game might very well be decided by the other matchup between Clemson's offense and Louisville's defense. Coincidentally enough, the reigning Heisman victor held an offer from Clemson as a recruit and at one point considered a career in Death Valley.
On its way to its first national title since 1981, the Tigers beat Louisville 42-36 in a wild game at Clemson last October.
That preparation is a testament to Venables, who keeps plugging in fresh high-end talent and churning out National Football League players by the time he's done with them. "I made the best choice". That said, Clemson's offense is not as explosive as it was a season ago, but it is still early.
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. But limiting his production is what Clemson has to do if it is going to have a chance against college football's best.