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Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson scrambles against LSU during the first half of the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31 in Orlando, Fla.

John Raoux | The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE — This is not just another game. Saturday’s tilt between Clemson and host Louisville certainly has Atlantic Coast Conference implications. It could have national ramifications.

After a 2-0 start, the Cardinals have their first big game of the season when the defending national champion Tigers invade Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium in the national spotlight.

Clemson is also 2-0 coming into the contest. It is coming off a hard-fought 14-6 win over Auburn last Saturday.

“We feel great about this game,” Louisville senior running back Malik Williams said. “We feel like it is a rival. We just have to prove ourselves. Big game for us and this community.”

On its way to its first national title since 1981, the Tigers beat Louisville 42-36 in a wild game at Clemson last October. It was a game Louisville trailed 28-10 at the half before scoring 26 unanswered points to lead 36-28 with 7:52 remaining. Deshaun Watson, who was a first-round draft pick of the Houston Texans, rallied the Tigers with two fourth quarter touchdown passes.

“We’ve kind of got a chip on our shoulder from last year,” junior offensive lineman Geron Christian said. “It’s another big game.”

Unlike last year, when the Louisville-Clemson game featured the nation’s top two offensive weapons in Watson and Louisville quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, the focus will be on Louisville’s offense vs. Clemson’s defense.

Led by Jackson, who has 255 yards rushing and 771 passing in the first two games, the Cardinals’ offense is ranked fifth in the country. Clemson has allowed just nine points in two games and Tigers defensive end Austin Bryant is the reigning national Defensive Player of the Week after his four sacks in the win over Auburn.

“They always have a great defense, real strong defensive front, fast linebackers and secondary and do a really good job of playing together and playing hard, so we’ve got a great challenge there,” Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. “We’ll have to be able to mix the run and the pass and be balanced, not just count on one phase: running or passing.”

The Tigers have limited opponents to just over 118 yards per contest, including just 40 through the air.

“They’re very good up front,” Petrino said. ”They’ve got two big, physical defensive tackles, two really good guys on the edge. We played against two of their three linebackers last year that are really fast and slippery. They slip blocks and make tackles and they keep them free.

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson Athletics announced plans today to sponsor intercollegiate softball as a substitute for the women’s diving program, which competed in its final season in 2017.

“Softball is a tremendously popular sport among young women in the state of South Carolina and around the nation,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “We’ve evaluated our sport offerings over the past few years and believe this is our best path forward. Among other considerations, softball will allow us to provide an opportunity to compete quickly with the other 13 softball-playing schools of the Atlantic Coast Conference, for increased exposure with our television partners and allow for our continued compliance with Title IX participation ratios.”

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No. 1 Clemson won’t be as limited in its preparation for Monday’s College Football Playoff championship against No. 2 Alabama as originally believed.

The NCAA on Wednesday granted the Tigers relief in regard to limits on practice time and rules about players missing classes, the school announced Thursday.

Clemson would have been restrained by NCAA rules preventing in-session schools from practicing or holding team meetings for more than four hours per day or 20 hours per week. Clemson’s spring semester began Wednesday.

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Clemson held its team banquet in the Clemson Indoor Facility Saturday night, viagra handing out a wide variety of awards.

Deshaun Watson, Wayne Gallman, Shaq Lawson and Greg Huegel were all honored as most valuable players of the Clemson football team.

Watson and Gallman won Tiger Pride Awards (Most Valuable Player) for the offense, while Lawson won the same honor for the defense. Kicker Greg Huegel won the Tiger Pride Award for the special teams.

Watson became the first player in FBS history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. Gallman set a Clemson record with 1,527 yards rushing. Lawson led the nation in total tackles for loss from his defensive end position with 25.5, and Huegel led the nation in field goals with 27.

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The Clemson football team (8-0, 5-0 ACC) was ranked the #1 overall seed in the College Football rankings released by the College Football Playoff committee on Tuesday night on ESPN.

The College Football Playoff Committee chose Clemson (#1 seed), LSU (#2 seed), Ohio State (#3 seed) and Alabama (#4 seed) as the four teams projected in the playoff.

College Football Playoff Chair Jeff Long told ESPN’s Rece Davis the following on Tuesday night about Clemson’s impressive resume.

“I think the quality of their victories and certainly the Notre Dame victory at home,” Long said. “But they have four teams that better than a .500 record that they have defeated. That combined with and offense and defense that are very strong on both sides of the ball so I think that’s what won the day in the committee’s eyes for the number one ranking.”

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