The Lamar Jackson Show goes on the road this weekend. No. 3 Louisville plays at Marshall Saturday night, and the Thundering Herd are likelier than not about to become the next victims on Louisville's sophomore QB's romp through college football. The game might not be close. But Jackson will be playing, and that's reason enough to watch.
Jackson has taken the sport totally by storm. He's gone from a heavily recruited, but not all that widely known three-star prospect to the scariest threat in the sport. He's accounted for 18 touchdowns in three games, which is more than 114 FBS teams. That's more than 90 percent of the country! There's no reason to think anyone can stop him right now, so it's unfortunate that the Herd have been tossed into this particular fire. There may be no coming out.
Marshall is a solid Conference USA program. But the Herd gave up 65 points last week to Akron, which, with all due respect to the Zips, does not have Lamar Jackson. It's not wrong to expect more Louisville fireworks.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 8 p.m. ET, CBSSN (previous game might be going over). The broadcasters are Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, and Jenny Dell.
Online streaming: CBS Sports
Spread: Louisville opened as a 23-point favorite.
Three big things to know
1. There's much more to Louisville than just Jackson. Not that the Cardinals need much else, but they've definitely got it. The defense has DeAngelo Brown, one of the most disruptive tackles in the country, and versatile safety Josh Harvey-Clemons. Veteran receivers Reggie Bonnafon and James Quick are among the handful of excellent targets Jackson has, and running back Brandon Radcliff is off to a nice start. There's a lot here.
2. This is a fairly long-running series. Louisville and Marshall are only three hours' driving apart, and they've played 28 times. Marshall's done quite well, actually, winning 12 of those games. In fact, Marshall's won each of the last four games, played between 1987 and 2011. Louisville dominated the Herd in the 1960s and 1970s and will probably get back in the W column Saturday, but remember that it hasn't always been that way.
3. Some things about Marshall! They're not going to be the center of attention, even on their own field. But the Herd are 24-5 since the start of 2014, the best record of any Group of 5 school during that stretch. They're not used to losing football games, and maybe they'll show more pluck than most mid-majors would against Jackson and company. Head coach Doc Holliday is in his seventh year, and he's 51-29.