The main subplot in this one is obvious enough: If LSU contains Mississippi State dual-threat QB Nick Fitzgerald, there won’t be much drama.

It was merely one of the most riveting games in the sport’s history, with Vince Young leading the Longhorns to a victory in January 2006 in the Rose Bowl to seal a national title and begin the decline of Pete Carroll’s Trojan juggernaut.

Southern Cal was still imposing for a few more years but has only occasionally glimpsed the peak of the sport since then … The Trojans have won 11 in a row dating to last season and are coming off a dominant showing against Stanford.

We'll see." Color Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson impressed.

"I would say that watching them on film, they are playing as well as any team in the country," Clawson said. I looked at Clemson last year and thought, 'This kid is graduating and this one will leave early.

That is a credit to Coach Swinney and his staff for the level of recruiting and player development.

They lose great players and replace them with great players." Players such as junior quarterback Kelly Bryant, who learned under Deshaun Watson for the past two seasons and has successfully seized the reins of the Tigers' offense, which was believed to be in serious rebuilding mode after losing its top passer, top rusher and top two receivers.

With Florida State using a true freshman quarterback in the wake of Deondre Francois’s season-ending knee injury, the winner of this one may have the inside track to the ACC Atlantic title. The teams combined for 1,264 yards, with both going over 600 yards, and Kalen Ballage ran for seven touchdowns in the triumph.

It’s worth a look during the Clemson-Louisville commercials; chances are, you’ll see a touchdown during any casual glance at this game. It’s not hard to recall the last time Texas faced Southern California.

Watson has a strong, accurate arm and has won throughout his college career—he went 33-3 at Clemson, including winning arguably the most exciting college football game of all time in the 2017 national title game against Alabama.