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Louisville football No. 16 in Sports Illustrated's post-spring top 25

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Another post-spring top 25, and another top 20 ranking for Bobby Petrino's team.

16. Louisville

Spring game stats are mostly meaningless, particularly in a scrimmage like Louisville's in which the first-team offense match up against the second-team defense and faced no pass rush. Still, Lamar Jackson's performance is worthy of some note. The sophomore completed 24 of 29 passes for 519 yards with eight touchdowns. The Cardinals will obviously face tougher challenges, but the touch Jackson showed on his passes will be critical to finally boosting Louisville into the ACC's elite. Bobby Petrino's squad has the rest of the pieces to do that: an offense that returns nine other starters in addition to Jackson and a defense that brings back eight starters after ranking third in the ACC in yards allowed per play.

The rankings, which have Oklahoma No. 1, have Florida State at No. 3, Clemson at No. 4, North Carolina at No. 20 and Miami at No. 24. Houston, who U of L will face on the road in November, also makes an appearance at No. 13.