Sep. 16, 2017
Louisville Has A Weakness, And Kelly Bryant Needs To Exploit It
Tomorrow we get the rematch of last years epic Louisville vs Clemson game that gave us the national champion and Heisman Trophy winner. And while this year's game is being built on Lamar Jackson facing Clemsons defensive line that had 8 sacks last week, but I think this game can be won or lost when its Clemsons QB on the field rather than the Heisman frontrunner.
Clemson's key to victory for that last couple of season was Deshaun Watson, but he isn't here anymore. Now that responsibility falls to Kelly Bryant, and he has to attack a weak Louisville secondary if Clemson wants to remain unbeaten. Last week Bryant went for a small 181 yards and no touchdowns through the air (he did rush for Clemson's only 2 touchdowns of the game). Those aren't numbers that should win football games, but Clemson's defense bailed out their offense.
On the flip side, Louisville's secondary has been very weak this year. Last week against a very disappointing UNC team they gave up 384 yards and 3 touchdowns. That was against Brandon Harris for the most part, and he posted an 8.6 QBR against Cal the week before. The Louisville DBs allowed another 4 TDs against Purdue, who didn't even have a QB1 going into the game, but made up for it with 3 INTs.
We can all guess this games going to be a shootout, at least for one team with Lamar Jackson at the helm. Kelly Bryant needs to protect the ball and pick apart the defense the way Harris and Surratt did last week if he wants to finally have the breakout game I expected from him last week and pick up a Tiger W.