Another weekend of college football is upon us. We've got many great games with ranked vs ranked opponents. The pressure is mounting more and more each week as we get into the meat of teams schedules. Some very exciting games this week with huge BCS implications.
We start off with one of, if not the most anticipated game of the season, Alabama vs LSU. A rematch of last years BCS National Championship game, and every scouts dream match-up. The focus of this game, or should be at least, will be the Alabama offensive line vs LSU's defensive line. Alabama boast the best o-line in the country with 6'3, 320 lbs guard Chance Warmack, who many consider the best guard in the country. They do not come any meaner and nastier than this guy. Tackle D.J Fluker is another good prospect but has fallen off quite a bit, he has all the talent in the world but his production does match his talent. Fluker has been great as a run blocker, but has had a lot of trouble in pass protection. Lastly, the Alabama o-line is lead by my personal favorite, Center Barrett Jones. At 6'5 and 310 lbs Jones is the consensus best center in the country. He is one of the smartest players in the country and a master technician.
Alabama will have their hands full with the LSU defensive line. All four players are their line are considered 1st round prospects. We have the two stud defensive ends everyone loves to talk about, Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. Both have underachieved having combined for less than 10 sacks all year. Still, their potential is off the charts and both are still considered top 10 picks. Both are projected as 3-4 OLB. Also do not forget the great pair of DTs in the middle. Bennie Logan and Anthony "The Freak" Johnson. Logan's stock is rising fast he has been very disruptive all year long. But, Johnson is a stud, the sky is the limit for the kid, he will be a great pro player, you don't get nicknamed "The Freak" for no reason. Kevin Minter, the ILB for LSU, remember that name.
While Alabama vs LSU is all about line play and defense, Oregon vs USC is the complete opposite. The one word to describe this game, explosive, explosive, explosive. USC boast the best QB prospect in the country in Matt Barkley. Starting all four years, he has mastered the pro style offense, this will please all pro scouts. USC also commands the best pair of WRs in college football. Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Both are fantastic players and will be picked in the 1st round, the debate rages on who is better. Personally I give the nod to Lee, the explosion out of his breaks are outstanding. Last week he had 345 yards receiving, you heard me, 345 receiving yards in one game. For Oregon the three players to keep an eye on are De'Anthony Thomas, who is likely the most explosive player in college football, he can go 80 yards in the blink of an eye, Kenjon Barner and Dion Jordan. Jordan is a very underrated prospect at OLB, keep a close eye on him. Don't be shocked if you see over 100 points scored in this game. Barner is a late round prospect that could be a perfect fit as a punt and kick returner for Dallas.
Our next game is Texas A&M vs Mississippi St. A&M has two fantastic defensive players to keep an eye on. DE Damontre Moore has been an absolute beast, already with over 10 sacks he has taken the SEC by storm and his stock is going through the roof. Think of Chandler Jones from last year, both players have fantastic potential, both seem very similar to me. The other is OLB Sean Porter, he took over for Von Miller a couple years ago and has look quite good. His stats aren't what they were last year but that is because he is playing in coverage a lot more. These are two guys I'd love Dallas to take a good look at. A&M also has a very unique player at QB, a redshirt freshman who is putting up numbers like Tebow and Cam Newton put up. But he is a story for another day. As for Miss St, they have two fantastic CBs as stated in a previous Draft Watch. Banks is the stud who everyone likes and will go in the 1st round, but don't sleep on Corey Broomfield. He is a sleeper prospect that could really surprise some. Gabe Jackson is a solid guard to keep an eye on from Miss St, looked great against high level competition, look for his stock to rise.
Unknown athletic freak: Margus Hunt from Estonia standing at 6'8 and 280 lbs. Hunt from SMU is probably the most interesting 3-4 end in the draft. Still very raw, but if you can coach this guy up he will be something special. He uses his height to his advantage, as of right now, in his 4 year college career Hunt has blocked 17 kicks ! A player to look at later in the draft.
Wide Receiver to replace Ogletree: Jared Abbrederis from Wisconsin. At 6-2 and 180 lbs Abbrederis has had a sneaky good year while playing with a very young QB at the helm. A big play guy, averaging over 18 yards per catch.
Our future starting TE? Dion Sims from Michigan St is a big bodied TE and has played well with a young QB. Very athletic at 6'5 and 280 lbs. Solid in his blocking, a ton of potential that could be waiting for Dallas late in the draft.
Taking a risk: Micheal Dyer, you might have heard that name before. He was the starting running back for the Auburn Tigers during their National Championship run. Dyer decided to transfer to Arkansas St last year because of breaking team rules while at Auburn. At 5'9 and 200 lbs, Dyer is a top 3 RB prospect in the draft, explosive and shifty, he would be a fantastic 3rd down back. But his character problems will drop him deep in the draft.
Jerry ! I'm still waiting for an Iowa Hawkeye on this Cowboys roster, make it happen !
That is all I got for now, enjoy the great games this week.