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Jackson, Chubb Ready to go Head-to-Head

By BJ Bennett
SouthernPigskin.com
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An argument can be made that the best offensive and defensive player in the nation will be on display on Thursday night.

Thursday night's Louisville-North Carolina State matchup will feature two of the game's top talents: reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and All-American edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Jackson ranks second in the country with 2,073 yards of total offense, while Chubb leads the nation with eleven tackles for loss. All of college football will be watching these dynamic playmakers; so, too, will NFL scouts.   

Jackson continues to torch the record books, averaging over 414 yards per game in his encore season. He has 18 total touchdowns through five games. Pacing the ACC with 9.3 yards per pass attempt and leading all league rushers with at least 45 carries with 6.07 yards per run, Jackson remains a playmaker with production beyond parallel. His highlights, where Jackson compiles numbers with relative ease, puts everything and everyone else in perspective.

Since bursting onto the national scene as a true freshman with five tackles for loss in a win at Boston College, Chubb has simply overwhelmed college football. He has a remarkable 32.5 tackles for loss in his last 17 games. Chubb was instrumental in NC State's recent win over Florida State, recording two sacks and forcing a critical redzone fumble. The Wolfpack, with Chubb as the catalyst, rank eighth in the country in rush defense.

Beyond the ACC, even, an argument can be made that the best offensive and defensive player in the nation will be on display in Thursday night's high-profile pairing. A primetime ESPN platform is a fitting one for two of the signature players in college football today.

In terms of the next level, countless mock drafts for next spring feature both Jackson and Chubb as first round picks.

Last season, Jackson completed 20-of-34 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, adding 76 yards and another score rushing, in a 54-13 victory over the Wolfpack. Two years ago, in Jackson's first career road start, he threw for 103 yards and a score and ran for 121 yards and a touchdown in a close 20-13 win. In those meetings, Chubb collected 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. This week, the two stars will collide with their teams both nationally-ranked.

The focus will be on Jackson and Chubb as October settles in, a matchup deserving of the big stage and bright lights.

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