It's over, Johnny: Louisville's Lamar Jackson has clinched the Heisman Trophy

There's the Heisman race and there's Lamar Jackson.

They're two different things at this point after Louisville's quarterback all but clinched the Stiff Arm with four weeks left in the season.

Too soon? Yeah, yeah, I know. You want the Heisman Trophy race to play out. You want suspense. You want something else besides Alabama-vs.-the field arguments at the corner bar.

You probably want me to calm down. Sorry. Ship the Heisman to Louisville and put it under armed guard until Dec. 9 if that's what it takes. Judging by Saturday and another systematic destruction by Jackson -- this time of Boston College -- it's over.

There are few things decided this season. One of them is the highest honor in college football. At this point, Jackson would have to go on a Tibetan retreat not to win it.

He accounted for seven touchdowns against Boston College in a 52-7 win, and it wasn't even Jackson's best game this season. That would be four passing and three rushing scores in the middle of a season that feels like Cam Newton at Auburn in 2010 and looks like Michael Vick flicking the pigskin as if it was a Nerf ball for Virginia Tech.

Jackson's performance wasn't even the biggest story as far as the Cardinals were concerned. Coach Bobby Petrino admitted to some frustration at showing up at No. 7 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings.

With No. 4 Texas A&M's loss at Mississippi State, it will be interesting to see how far the Cardinals (8-1) move up. As far as actually getting into the CFP, Louisville probably needs help. That translates to winning the ACC. That isn't happening as long as Clemson -- the only team to beat the Cardinals -- keeps winning.

Louisville is essentially lobbying to be a second team from the ACC in the Football Four.

"It's sad," Petrino said. "There's something called sportsmanship. Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe we should have kept all the starters in against Florida State and scored 80 points. "

As it was, you might remember, the Cardinals destroyed the Seminoles 63-20 back in September. Jackson announced himself that day with five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in helping hang the most points ever on FSU.

That was followed a couple of games later with 457 total yards against Clemson.

What happened Saturday has become routine. Jackson outran and out-threw the Eagles, but did it matter who he played? His total now stands at 45 total touchdowns nine games.

If you extrapolate that out, that figures to be 60 total touchdowns in 12 regular-season games before the Heisman voting deadline. Hawaii's Colt Brennan has the single-season record of 63 set in 2006.

Sixty total touchdowns would be more than Tim Tebow's 55 total touchdowns in 2007. Newton won the Heisman in 2010 throwing for 30 touchdowns, running for 20 and catching one.

Clemson's Deshaun Watson has been amazing. San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey may become the NCAA career rusher leader. Is there a position Michigan's Jabrill Peppers hasn't played?

Jackson now has 26 touchdown passes and 19 rushing scores with three games left against Wake Forest, Houston and Kentucky. He's killing the suspense.

The Cardinals have been somewhat sleepy since that Clemson game, struggling to get by Duke and Virginia. Apparently worried that Jackson won't get the Heisman, the school offered Jackson to media Tuesday for a conference call. We learned little except that Louisville offered their best player for a conference call.

That preceded a Jackson-written piece in The Players' Tribune titled "Game On."

Whatever happened to letting play speak for itself? Nothing Jackson can actually say (or write) can measure up. The best player in the country has clinched the Heisman.

There's no retreat in Jackson unless, somehow, Tibet comes calling.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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