Lamar Jackson

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackon (8) runs for a gain during action an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 in Louisville Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Timothy D. Easley

From The Other Side is a weekly links post, hopefully, giving you an inside look at LSU's upcoming opponent based on reports from that team's beat writers.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson's Heisman Trophy chances didn't take a severe hit by the Cardinals' two-game slide to close the regular season.

At the very least, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year will walk into the Playstation Theater in New York City as heavy favorite of the five candidates announced Monday evening.

But the sophomore was as much a part of a 41-38 loss to rival Kentucky in the regular season finale, ending a five-game winning streak against the Wildcats.

Jackson, who has 51 total touchdowns, 3,390 passing yards and 1,538 rushing yards on the season, notched four touchdowns against the in-state foe but threw three interceptions and coughed up the ball at the Kentucky 11-yard line with the game tied and under two minutes remaining. 

In a 36-10 loss to Houston the previous week, when the No. 15 Cardinals (9-3, 7-1) entered as the No. 5 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, Jackson was sacked 11 times. 

Now, Jackson and Louisville turn to a Citrus Bowl meeting with No. 19 LSU (7-4, 5-3) at 10 a.m. CST on Dec. 31 in Orlando, Florida. 

Courier-Journal 

  • The Cardinals' loss to Kentucky revealed re-occuring problems for Louisville this season — turnovers and shaky defense. Louisville turned it over three times in a game for eighth time this season. Though it ranks 11th nationally in total defense, the Cardinals defense gave 581 total yards to the Wildcats. 

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