Is Lamar Jackson the Real Deal?
Heading into this week, the big storyline was how QB Lamar Jackson would fare against his first real test against #2 ranked FSU and it is safe to say that he did not disappoint. Jackson was constantly toying with the Seminoles defense as he could not be stopped in the air or on the ground. Jackson lead the Cardinals to a huge 63-20 win over FSU, as he had 216 yards and a TD passing plus 146 yards and 4 TD’s rushing. This is FSU’s largest loss in its 24-year ACC history and the worst beating for a No. 2-ranked team since unranked Oklahoma beat No. 2 Texas Tech 55-21 in 2008.
Jackson, early Heisman favorite, uses his size and speed to dominate each and every game as in the first three weeks of the college football season, he already has 913 passing yards, 464 rushing yards, and a grand total of 18 touchdowns this season. He is on pace to have a record-breaking season.
But this is not something we have not seen before as many people are now comparing Jackson to Michael Vick. The two are very similar in not only the way the play the game but also how they always entertain the crowd. Vick twitted that, “Lamar Jackson is 5x better than what I was at V-Tech….Enough said!!”
At the start of the season, Jackson’s odds were 100/1 to win the Heisman and now they are 6/5. But he still has a long way to go before being able to even think about the Heisman Trophy none the less the NFL. One thing is for sure if he can stay on track, he is headed for big things.
With this win Louisville is now ranked #3 and FSU dropped to #13 in the AP rankings. Jackson and the Cardinals will look to to maintain their winning ways as they will face Marshall, this Saturday and in two weeks it will be a clash of the ACC titans as they face #5 Clemson. On the other hand, FSU will look to turn things around after this tough loss as they have a tough three weeks ahead of them against USF, North Carolina, and rival UM.