The big dogs are coming out on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Clemson-Louisville. Who will come on top this year?

Clemson won this match up last season, squeaking past the unranked Louisville Cardinals 20-17. Which Heisman candidate will come up short? Will we see the Tigers defense stop a Lamar Jackson from putting up video games numbers in Death Valley? Will Deshaun Watson be able to outperform the Cards defense?

In last years game, Watson ended the game 21-30, 199 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT. Watson’s two touchdown passes were to Jordan Leggett and Hunter Renfrow, which was Renfrow’s first touchdown as a Tiger. The Tigers had a real good offensive game, but the defense and special teams looked a little shaky, allowing a 100 yard kick off return.

This year, the Tigers go against the best dual-threat quarterback in college. The Tigers have to be able to stop the option like they did against Georgia Tech, where they held them to 2.5 yards a carry. The Tigers will have to stop a QUATERBACK who is averaging 8.6 yards a carry.

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With Hunter Renfrow out with a broken bone in his hand, will we see more of a running game coming from Watson, Gallman and Feaster? Or could we see a multi-faucet passing threat with receivers like  Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett, Ray Ray McCloud and even Tavien Feaster. As Feaster is learning behind the veterans on the team, we should see more of Feaster as he gains more experience in the backfield after we saw a strong outing from him against South Carolina

With this being the only head-to head match up between Lamar Jackson and DeShaun Watson, will this determine who wins the Heisman this year? Both are great quarterbacks, but both can’t win the Heisman. My prediction is Jackson gets the Heisman but Watson gets the most important thing on Saturday: a win (28-17 CLEM Wins). I see the Tigers defense showing up to play. Jackson won’t get his same numbers, but he will still have a good game.


T’abren Wallace

Spark Sports Analyst

 

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