Stopping (or even slowing) Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson will be a huge part of remaining in the rankings after this week. Heisman victor Lamar Jackson has thrown for 1,636 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 437 yards and five touchdowns.
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The Cardinals are coming into the game following a 55-10 rout of Murray State.
Jackson is responsible for a school-record 554 points, breaking Chris Redman's mark of 536 from 1996-99.
Finley is playing the best football of his career in 2017, completing more than 70 percent of his passes and throwing nine touchdowns with no interceptions through five games. He also averages 6.1 yards a carry for 437 yards and five scores. Junior wideout Jaylen Smith leads Louisville with 22 receptions, but redshirt freshman Dez Fitzpatrick has 6 touchdown receptions, which is almost the same amount as the rest of the team combined (8).
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Louisville heads into this matchup at 4-1, including 1-1 in ACC play with its only loss against Clemson. Without a doubt, his favorite target has been tight end Jaylen Samuels, who leads the team with 43 catches, 321 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. NC State also has wins over Florida State, Furman and Marshall.
The Cardinals are 4-1, 1-1 in the ACC, while the Wolfpack is 4-1, 2-0.
N.C. State has already beaten Florida State on the road.
We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game.
Still, nothing can be taken for granted, so here are three bold predictions for Louisville vs. NC State this Thursday night.
The Wolfpack are 4-1 for the second-straight season but are looking for redemption following year's last post-4-1 meltdown, which started with an overtime loss to Clemson and demolition at the hands of Louisville. The Cardinals have won all three matchups between the two programs since they joined the ACC in 2014.