After losing at Clemson in an instant classic Saturday night, Louisville fell from No. 3 to No. 7 in the rankings. But all is not lost.
After all, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan will square off later this season, No. 5 Washington is by no means a lock to win the Pac-12, and Clemson must beat No. 23 Florida State in Tallahassee later this month.
Translation? The Cardinals still have a shot at the College Football Playoff. In fact, they may even have a pretty good one.
“I think Louisville is very, very dominant,” Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Just with the mistakes that we made, I think they should honestly have won the game, just with all the turnovers that we had. But we were able to get some stops when we needed them and then we made the bigger plays on special teams with Artavis Scott. I think that’s kind of how we won the game.”
Clemson overcame five turnovers and a dominant performance by Lamar Jackson to win Saturday. Jackson threw for 295 yards, ran for 162 and had three touchdowns (one pass, two rush). He also turned a 28-10 deficit into a 36-28 lead in the blink of an eye.
“I think Louisville is definitely (going to win out),” Leggett said. “In my opinion, I don’t think they’ll lose another game, just with that quarterback that they have, just being as dominant as he is. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it, besides our quarterback.”
That quarterback, of course, is Deshaun Watson, who threw for five touchdowns against Louisville, including the game-winning 31-yarder to Leggett in the final minutes.
Clemson has now won 23 of its last 24 games, with the only loss coming to Alabama – by just five points – in the national championship.
So much for “Clemsoning.” No, these days, the Tigers handle their business against almost everyone.
“I don’t even remember the last time I heard ‘Clemsoning,’” said Leggett, who has eight catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns this season. “It might have been last year. I think some (reporter) brought it up and Coach Swinney did not like it. He went off on this guy. I think ever since then, that word has not came up again, honestly. We’ve been winning all the games, all the non-top 25 games and stuff like that. I think that word is starting to disappear for us.”