It's easy to forget how different history could have looked.
Kelly Bryant (QB): Kelly Bryant was Clemson's offense against Auburn last week, accounting for 240 of the Tigers' 281 total yards of offense - -amassing 181 yards passing, 59 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Unlike past year, when the Louisville-Clemson game featured the nation's top two offensive weapons in Watson and Louisville quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson, the focus will be on Louisville's offense vs. Clemson's defense.
Louisville's offense is averaging 615 yards a game, fifth in the nation, but Clemson's defense ranks No. 2, allowing under 150 yards a game. With that, Watson and his teammates had the chance to become legendary.
Why is it then, that it seems the national media is only just now recognizing Jackson as a marquee player? Jackson has picked up where he left off a year ago by already throwing for 771 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions in two games.
The five losses came against Houston (twice, home and away), LSU (2016 Citrus Bowl), Pittsburgh (away, 2015) and Clemson (home, 2015).
In leading Louisville to a 2-0 start this season, Jackson has shown why he deserves the spotlight, and why those who thought a somewhat disappointing conclusion to last season for the junior signal-caller would affect his play in 2017 were wrong.
Smith was named the ACC's Receiver of the Week this week, following a career-high nine receptions and 183 yards, which included a 75-yard touchdown reception at North Carolina on Saturday.
Against a singular talent like Jackson, even the best college defenses are overmatched, as Nick Saban and Alabama learned against Watson in two straight national-title games.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE (2-0, 1-0): Jackson has accounted for 1,010 yards of total offense in a stellar start to his bid to become the second two-time Heisman Trophy victor. "Their defense and their crowd are going to have to make it hard for Kelly Bryant".
Both of them have the hardware to back up their supremacy claims. Pitt lost 33-14 to Penn State last week. If Brett Rypien can't suit up, Montell Cozart will bounce back from last week's meltdown against Washington State. The key will be getting Jordan Scarlett and the running game going. I think it makes an enormous difference here. "He's a little bigger this year, too". Perhaps the bandwagon will thin after their first real competition of the season.
But the game to watch is No. 25 UCLA at Memphis. Yes, it's a trap. Wake scored 21 points off turnovers in last week's 34-10 victory over Boston College. Tennessee hasn't won back-to-back games against Florida since 2003-04, when Ron Zook was coach. FOX will be there on the ground to provide the TV coverage while the game can be watched online live on FuboTV.
Now third-ranked Clemson (2-0) gears up for another shot at Jackson when the Tigers play at No. 14 Louisville (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday night. You ride her until she bucks you or don't ride at all. That's more than former UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo makes as head coach at Colorado State and more than double the combined $800,000 salaries of Clemson's co-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott.
PENN STATE (-38½) over Georgia State: Thus concludes Penn State's intramural portion of the schedule.
The USC Trojans are 16.5-point favorites against the Texas Longhorns, with a 67 total.