Louisville vs. Florida State: Lamar Jackson Is Heisman Favorite If Cardinals Win
Florida State Seminoles (1-0) at Louisville Cardinals (2-0)
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Papa John's Cardinal Stadium)
The Florida State Seminoles and Louisville Cardinals clash Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in what will be the biggest 2016 college football game to date. With both teams in the top-10, there’s national championship implications on the line and the winner is in the driver's seat to win the ACC Coastal.
Also, if Louisville wins, quarterback Lamar Jackson instantly becomes the favorite to win the Heisman trophy.
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In case you haven’t noticed, the sophomore signal caller has put up a ridiculous statline through the first two games of the season. Yes, Charlotte and Syracuse aren’t exactly the cream of the crop opponents, but what Jackson has done up to this point is simply jaw dropping.
In two games, Jackson is completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 697 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Jackson is currently eighth in passing yards and only Logan Woodside of Toledo has more on less pass attempts. A total of 20 of his 37 completions have produced at least 15 yards and 27 overall have moved the chains for the Cardinals. Keep in mind Jackson has a combined 13 pass attempts in the second half, meaning his numbers would be out of this world if he was playing all four quarters.
If that weren’t enough, Jackson is third in the country with 318 rushing yards and is second with six rushing touchdowns. Only Kalen Ballage of Arizona State has more rushing touchdowns. The two players above Jackson in rushing (Donnel Pumphrey and Aaron Jones) have a combined 67 more carries than the second-year QB. Jackson is coming off a game in which he produced 199 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and four of his 32 carries overall have racked up 20-plus yards.
Again, the lack of competition Louisville has played up to this point is worth noting, but Jackson is putting a top-10 team on his back and is on pace for a historic season if he can continue to play anywhere close to this level. In fact, Jackson is one pace to finish this season with 3,485 passing yards, 1,590 rushing yards and 65 total touchdowns. Get out of here.
The increased competition against teams like FSU, Clemson, Boston College and Houston will likely slow those numbers down a tad and make them less video gameish, but he’s still on the path for a special season.
The Cardinals win Saturday, and Louisville is likely going to produce its first ever Heisman winner.