Set up your DVR for the 3: 30 contests, since there are 3 games worth watching during that period slot. I know this week lacks a prime time showdown, and many can focus on Georgia LSU this week, yet spend your Saturday on the couch checking out the following matchups. I’ve additional my Heisman list, accompanied by a movie featuring Kay Adams , below.
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Michigan State vs Notre Dame, 3: 30, NBC
Spartans CB Darqueze Dennard vs Irish WRs TJ Jones and DaVaris Daniels
– Michigan State’s offense has really struggled, but they have one of the top senior corners in the country in Dennard (#31/5’11/195), relative of Patriots corner Alfonzo Dennard.
– Leads a defense that hasn’t given up more than 17 points this year.
– Few corners are as actual as Dennard at the line of scrimmage, when closing for a tackle, and when fighting over blocks. That actual style is coveted by NFL teams now thanks to rules avoiding contact outside of the catch point.
– He’ll need it against solid route athletes like TJ Jones (#7/5’11/195) along with a big play threat junior DaVaris Daniels (#10/6’1/203).
– Senior QB Tommy Rees (#11/6’2/215) has delivered the football better than expected thus far, and he’s helped by LT Zack Martin (#70/6’4/308) and C Philip Watt (#66/6’3/321).
Utah State vs USC, 3: thirty, ABC
– The Trojans criminal offense has really struggled, but their defense is quickly acclimating to a 3-4 defense after transitioning from Monte Kiffin’s cover-2.
– OLBs Devon Kennard (#42/6’3/255) and Morgan Breslin (#91/6’2/250) both have size to make an impact within the edge, with sophomore DL Leonard Williams (#94/6’5/270) on the inside.
– Watch out for Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton (#16/6’2/200). A quick decision maker with a strong lateral arm and a running danger. He has been very successful within the short to intermediate game because of quick decision making and a quick delivery.
– Expect USC to load the box and force Utah State and Keeton to test downfield. That will be the key for this matchup.
Tennessee compared to Florida, 3: 30, CBS
Florida’s front four will go against talented Vols offensive range
– I’ll keep saying it every week, but Florida’s front four is the best in the country.
– I am a huge fan of senior DT Dominique Easley (#2/6’2/290) and think he could be a first-round talent. Many can focus on his size and state he has to play 3 technique, yet look at how he wins from the 1 or 0 thanks to fast jump and active hands. There is certainly some Jay Ratliff to their game.
– Add on sophomore DL Dante Fowler (#6/6’3/263) and DE Ronald Powell (#7/6’4/234), and things will get interesting. Powell’s change of direction and closing speed is worth checking out.
– Vols junior LT Antonio Richardson (#74/6’6/320) is outplaying many of the leads at the position in his class. He’s obviously athletic enough to flex in the right places to anchor in pass protection and flashes an aggressive mentality on operating plays.
– Tennessee RT Ju’Wan James (#70/6’6/318) is another worth watching. He could end up being a second or third day time selection who impacts his team early on thanks to his consistency.
Arizona State at Stanford, 7: 00, Fox
Stanford’s OL vs Will Sutton and Carl Bradford
– The key will be Sun Devils DT Will Sutton (#90/6’1/305) and younger edge rusher Carl Bradford (#52/6’1/243) against a very solid Cardinal offensive line.
– Many have gone bitter on Sutton after he additional 20 pounds in the offseason, wondering if he’s lost quickness considering that his production is down. Sutton likely wanted to please NFL evaluators and prove he’s an every single down player at 300 pounds.
– Sutton’s game isn’t exclusively reliant on quickness. It is the height/weight numbers people focus on. He still uses leverage and good strength for his size, resulting in good positioning and proper balance, yet Stanford’s offensive line is great, brought by sophomore LT Andrus Peat moss (#70/6’7/312) and senior LG Brian Yankey (#54/6’5/313).
– Redshirt sophomore Quarterback Kevin Hogan (#8/6’4/228) is a audio pocket mover, and expect growing running back Tyler Gaffney (#25/6’1/226) to see plenty of carries.
1 . Oregon redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota
2 . Clemson QB Tajh Boyd
3. Louisville junior QB Teddy Bridgewater
four. Alabama QB A. J. McCarron
five. Texas A& M redshirt sophomore Johnny Manziel