ACC This Week Football

FILE - In this Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 file photo, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson looks for a receiver during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Timothy D. Easley

Louisville Cardinals

Rankings: No. 15 AP, No. 15 coaches, No. 13 CFP

Record: 9-3, 7-1 ACC

Coach: Bobby Petrino

Best win: Louisville 63, Florida State 20

Worst loss: Kentucky 41, Louisville 38

On Louisville’s season

The Cardinals won nine of their first 10 games, with the only loss coming at Clemson. They were on the bubble, at No. 5, of securing a CFP bid before dropping their last two games, at Houston and against Kentucky.

On Louisville’s offense

QB Lamar Jackson, a dual-threat standout, is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next weekend. He leads an offense that ranks No. 1 in the nation in points per game (45.3).

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Bobby Petrino

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino looks at the scoreboard as walks off the field after their 44-23 victory over Auburn in an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

On Louisville’s defense 

Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has earned his money ($1.3 million last year, according to USA Today) with the Cardinals. They're 11th in total defense this year (316 yards per game) and 33rd in scoring defense (23.3 points per game).

Players to watch

QB Lamar Jackson (1,538 yards rushing, 3,390 yards passing, 51 total TDs); WR Cole Hikutini (49 catches, 656 yards, 8 TDs); WR James Quick (46 catches, 688 yards, 6 TDs); LB Keith Kelsey (81 tackles, 3 forced fumbles); LB James Hearns (8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles)

Bet you didn’t know

Petrino was seen as a favorite to replace Nick Saban as LSU's coach in 2005. He interviewed twice with search committee members before they selected Les Miles instead.

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