Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson has again been the nation's most electric player and looks ready to defend his Heisman Trophy. The anchor of that dominant unit is defensive end Austin Bryant, who was named National Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles and four of the team's 11 sacks against Auburn.
Both of them have the hardware to back up their supremacy claims.
Clemson rallied and went on to win the national title.
Meanwhile, at the GameDay set at Grawemeyer Hall, Coach Lee Corso said he continues to be wowed by the Cards, not only by Lamar Jackson and company but, also how far the program has come. Last year's game was a weather-delayed shootout, but the Panthers showed against Penn State that their offense might be a good bit more ball-control this year.
Clemson cornerback Ryan Carter said Jackson hurt the Tigers when he broke from the pocket and made plays on the run. If they get by Clemson, there aren't that many chances left for them to lose. LSU has a new offense with Matt Canada but hasn't felt much need to go deep into the playbook in its first two games.
Quarterbacks Daniel Jones of Duke and Lamar Jackson of Louisville were both named Manning Award Stars of the Week and Davey O'Brien Award Great Eight performers of the Week for their performances last week. But as long as he's there, Louisville is a contender. The University of Louisville Heisman Trophy victor lent his actual game jersey to Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino, who was the celebrity guest picker on the College GameDay set. Louisville, on the other hand, has a plus-one turnover margin through two games after forcing Purdue to four turnovers in their opening game. Going back to the College Football Playoff games a year ago against Ohio State and Alabama, Venables was able to game plan effectively against J.T. Barrett and Jalen Hurts - two quarterbacks who didn't really pose any passing threat vertically.More news: National Football League picks: Predictions for Saints vs. Vikings
"It's going to be a heck of a thing to watch", Fisher said.
I don't like going against good teams, especially when they are at home. If people in Gainesville feel they have to devote resources to Irma recovery efforts, this game won't be played on the University of Florida campus. They come to support their team.
Clemson dominated to the point that a 14-6 lead seemed insurmountable.
Smith was named the ACC's Receiver of the Week this week, following a career-high nine receptions and 183 yards, which included a 75-yard touchdown reception at North Carolina on Saturday. There were a few blips in the first two games - a shaky, wobbly throw into traffic in the red zone at UNC comes to mind - but he just seems much more polished.
"They slip blocks and make tackles and they keep them free", Petrino said.
"All three of them, Christian, Dexter and Clelin had great years last year", Bryant said. The junior QB has basically been Clemson's entire offense as the Tigers have failed to establish a consistent running attack through two games.