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With an electric quarterback and a lot of defensive talent returning, Louisville believes it can threaten Florida State and Clemson this season.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson played against each other in high school. "He scored on us on the first play," Cook said. Then Cook's team got the ball. "On his first play in, he scored," Jackson said. "As soon as he touched the ball, he went for like 80. I never seen that before." So whose team won? "They did," Jackson said. "Too much speed."
Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer
The best defense Lamar Jackson's faced? "Houston."
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
The ACC did Louisville no favors bunching Florida State (Sept. 17) and Clemson (Oct. 1) early in the schedule, but Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said no one wants to hear coaches complain about the schedule. He says he believes Louisville right now is at the point where it can win its first ACC title.
Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer
Asked about Heisman hype, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson says he doesn't watch any TV at all, so he is unaware of the attention. He later conceded that he does watch Netflix, though.
ACC co-favorites Clemson and Florida State are expected to be in the preseason top five, but both also have major questions to address.
Watch: Louisville's day at ACC Kickoff
Louisville returns a total of 17 starters, including Heisman dark horse QB Lamar Jackson, who joins coach Bobby Petrino at Day 2 of ACC Kickoff. Live on ESPN3
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
Bobby Petrino on expectations: "We have a goal to win a national championship at Louisville. We know it's a tough goal. It's a great challenge, but one we're looking forward to."
Louisville rides momentum into 2016
After an 0-3 start, the Cardinals finished 8-2 in their final 10 games. As freshman phenom Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback, the team's QBR improved greatly. Heisman buzz?
Seminoles projected as ACC favorites
Florida State has a 45 percent chance to win the ACC, according to ESPN's Football Power Index. Atlantic Division foe Clemson is given a 32 percent chance to win the conference.
ACC isn't hiding from top competition
Clemson, UNC and FSU kick off the season against SEC teams. In Week 2, Virginia Tech meets Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway. Penn State, Notre Dame, Houston and Florida will also challenge ACC teams.
Five years ago, the ACC's future as a conference looked bleak, but with a television network launching and rights extended 20 years, the ACC's future now looks brighter than ever.
The ACC is again top-heavy, and Clemson and Florida State are legitimate CFP title contenders. But don't sleep on the Coastal division either, especially with Miami on the rise.
ACC Kickoff is upon us, but before the media’s picks for players of the year are released later this week, ESPN writers Andrea Adelson, Jared Shanker, Matt Fortuna and David Hale are taking a crack at some of the names to watch.
The top of the 2016 college football heap is projected to look a lot like the end of 2015 -- starting with Alabama and Clemson. But what are the sneaky-good teams that could crash the CFP party?
The ACC, in partnership with ESPN, is launching its own conference network by August 2019.
Louisville vs Charlotte 49ers
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium - Thu 9/1