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CRAWFORD | Louisville, Jackson, look to steer talk back to football at Boston College

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (WDRB) -- It's a different kind of football season when you're the No. 5-ranked team in college football, and people are talking about you as if you're dead.

But that's the kind of week it has been for the University of Louisville football team, after the Cardinals were ranked No. 7 in the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday.

They'll look to steer that conversation back to their actual football merits when they visit Boston College today at noon.

One group that has expressed plenty of respect for the Cardinals all week has been the BC players and coaches. Steve Addazio has seen many great quarterbacks, including Tim Tebow while he was an assistant at Florida. But he had some high praise for Louisville's Lamar Jackson speaking to The Boston Globe this week.

"He's unbelievable,"  Addazio said. "The guy is electric running the football and he has a tremendous arm with unbelievable weapons down the field. I mean, this guy is as good as anybody I've seen, and I've seen some pretty good ones."

But Boston College comes into the game ranked fourth in the nation against the run, giving up just 93.6 yards per game. A year ago against BC, Jackson managed just 15 net yards in 14 carries, and threw for 250 yards in a 17-14 victory.

The Eagles rank 34th in the nation against the pass. Clemson's Deshaun Watson threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-10 win at Boston College on Oct. 7.

If you're thinking about style points, those are numbers Jackson be shooting for.

BC players were very complimentary of Jackson, but several told The Globe that they felt like he could get flustered under pressure, and isn't as polished as Watson going through his reads.

Jackson's challenge today may be much like the one he faced against North Carolina State -- to beat a team with his arm, not his legs.

The Eagles are led by former Kentucky QB Patrick Towles, who is throwing for 112.8 yards per game and completing 46.5 percent of his passes this season.

"They always play great defense," Louisville coach Bobby said. "They're very physical. They run full speed to the ball and they hit and tackle. Offensively, we are very aware of the quarterback. We know him well. I have great respect for him. I've always thought he really throws the ball well and can run with it. A very good running back, so we're going to have to get ready."

Fall has officially arrived. The Cardinals are going through warm-ups at Alumni Stadium with temperatures in the 40s, and the fall foliage is in full bloom just outside the stadium. Louisville enters the game favored by 25.5 points, according to VegasInsider.com.

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