Week 7

Louisville 54, NC State 13: What Does It All Mean?

Louisville ripped up NC State in a 54-13 win. What does it all mean?

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Louisville 54, NC State 13: What Does It All Mean?

– That’s exactly what you’re supposed to do, Louisville. If you’re a College Football Playoff committee member now, there’s only one way to read this: NC State came within a missed field goal of beating Clemson on the road, and Louisville roared against that same great team 54-13. In the drive to be a one-loss CFP team -if Clemson ended up taking the ACC title – this is how the Cardinals need to roll.

– And that’s exactly what Lamar Jackson was supposed to do to stay the Heisman front-runner. Terrific from the start, he threw for 355 yards and three scores and ran for a team-high 76 yards and a score. Louisville got up 44-0 at halftime and relaxed from there.

– The Cardinal defense often doesn’t get the credit it deserves with the offense getting all the love. It picked off Ryan Finley twice, came up with three takeaways overall, and allowed just 14 rushing yards to a team that couldn’t weather the early storm. It was a total first half effort by the Cardinals.

– NC State, you got past the two rough games against Clemson and Louisville. You lost, but you go through them. Now you get Boston College as your break, and then it’s Florida State. The Wolfpack still aren’t certain to go bowling, needing to win two more games and having to go to Syracuse to deal with that dangerous offense, but at least two of the killers are out of the way, and the Noles have to come to Raleigh.

– Keep this up, Louisville. With road games against Virginia and Boston College, there shouldn’t be too many problems against either offense, at least before the Wake Forest game. And then comes the Houston showdown that could make-or-break CFP discussion hopes.