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Hot Read: Jackson, ‘Cards Go Wild

By BJ Bennett
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Louisville scores 62 points and Lamar Jackson tops 600 yards in a huge win a Syracuse.

1. If what Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson did against Charlotte was ridiculous, his performance Friday night at Syracuse was just unrealistic. After eight total touchdowns in week one, college football's newest superstar threw for 411 yards, ran for 199 more and scored five times in a 62-28 victory. Granted it is extremely early but Jackson has to be considered, at the very least, one of the legitimate Heisman Trophy front-runners; his production is literally mind-boggling. The big plays, and a highlight signature moment, were all there. Jackson is a joy to watch and plays so effortlessly and fluid. Goodness.

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3. Jackson wasn't the only one swinging for the fences in the Cardinals' ACC opener. James Quick had a 72-yard reception for a score, Jaylen Smith a 62-yard catch and Jamari Staples a 55-yard grab. Brandon Radcliff ran for 155 yards, including a 48-yard dart into the endzone, on just nine carries, Jeremy Smith rushed in from 30 yards out and Traveon Samuel had a 21-yard touchdown run. On a night where Jackson set a new ACC record with 610 total yards, Louisville compiled a new school mark with 844 offensive yards as a team. In two games, the Cardinals have amassed 1,507 total yards and 132 points. How do you stop them?

4. What a game we have next weekend as Louisville has jumped right into the national conversation. The Cardinals, who should move up in the polls, will welcome 3rd ranked Florida State to town. With star players all over the field, and a lot on the line, next Saturday's showdown has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the year. Get ready. 

5. In a losing effort, Syracuse receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had another big-time performance. With 12 catches for an ACC-best 210 yards and a score, he was one of college football individual headliners on the season's opening Saturday. Against Louisville, Etta-Tawo caught eight more passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He and quarterback Eric Dungey have a nice chemistry on the perimeter.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports