#CFB MATCH UPS - WEEK 3

September 16, 2016

 

There are some crazy good college football games on the docket for this weekend. We're here to guide you through the battles within the wars. 

 

EDGE DEVONTE FIELDS (LOUISVILLE) VS. LT RODERICK JOHNSON (FLORIDA STATE)

Roderick Johnson had an inconsistent showing during opening weekend, getting flattened straight onto his back by 220 pound edge rusher Marquis Haynes of Ole Miss. Johnson's debut graded out to a 68.8 according to Pro Football Focus, so he will have to show a better anchor this weekend going up against the 255 pound edge rusher Devonte Fields, who has a lot to prove in his redshirt senior year.

 

ILB KEITH KELSEY (LOUISVILLE) VS. RB DALVIN COOK (FLORIDA STATE)

Dalvin Cook hasn't played up to his Heisman-hyped form yet this season, but I expect that to change soon. One player who will be tasked with trying to shut him down this game is inside linebacker Keith Kelsey, who needs to use this game as a platform to show scouts that he's more than just a special teamer in the NFL.

 

CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE (COLORADO) VS. WR JEHU CHESSON (MICHIGAN)

Chidobe Awuzie is quickly becoming one of our favorite prospects in a stacked CB class. The physical 5'11, 205 pound corner will have his hands full this week with Michigan stud wide receiver Jehu Chesson on the perimeter. Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post is bullish on the young Buffalo, writing in a recent article that "there won't be 5 CB prospects better than Awuzie in the 2017 NFL Draft." Awuzie gets a chance to back up the hype this Saturday.

 

LT CAM ROBINSON (ALABAMA) VS. EDGE MARQUIS HAYNES (OLE MISS)

Despite some off-the-field issues that has draped Cam Robinson in more red flags than a lifeguard's booth, the Tide blindside blocker has been dominant so far early in the 2016 campaign. He will literally have his hands full this week against the red-hot Haynes, who got the better of Florida State left tackle Roderick Johnson in Week 1. If Haynes can cause some damage, that would be two huge performances against first round-talent LTs. Is that a rocket? A hot air balloon? No, it's Marquis Haynes' draft stock.

 

ILB REUBEN FOSTER (ALABAMA) VS. TE EVAN ENGRAM (OLE MISS)

Reuben Foster is the cat's meow of draftniks right now, and for good reason. Foster seems to be the next big-time Alabama inside linebacker to follow in the footsteps of Rolando McClain, CJ Mosley and Reggie Ragland, but he faces a unique test this week in hybrid WR/TE Evan Engram. Engram is the spitting image of Redskins TE Jordan Reed, and in a time where the hybrid "move" tight end is becoming en-vogue in the NFL, this could be a big stage for Engram to prove his mettle. The 6'3 227 pound pass catcher only had 1 reception for 22 yards the last time these two squared off and Ole Miss pulled off the upset, but with stars like Laquon Treadwell gone to the NFL, Engram will need to step up.

 

FS EDDIE JACKSON (ALABAMA) VS. QB CHAD KELLY (OLE MISS)

I would really like to see Chad Kelly be a little more careful with the football, and this would be a good week to start implementing that approach. Eddie Jackson is one of the true ball-hawking free safeties in the college game and should be a first-rounder this upcoming April when all is said and done. I am predicting 2 INTs for Eddie Jackson on Saturday.

 

LT AVERY GENNESY (TEXAS A&M) VS. EDGE CARL LAWSON (AUBURN)

The Texas A&M Aggies have churned out more pro offensive tackles lately than Jim Harbaugh has boogers, and Avery Gennesy is the next man up. In a division that boasts Myles Garrett, ex-Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil anointed Carl Lawson as "the best pass rusher he faced in the conference" last year, but Lawson is going to need show some consistent production and avoid injuries this season to match the hype. Lawson had a sack and three hurries on 19 rushes last week against Arkansas State, per PFF.

 

C/G PAT ELFLEIN (OHIO STATE) VS. DT CHARLES WALKER (OKLAHOMA)

When I watched Oklahoma take on Houston week one, I was expecting Charles Walker to be just another meh Oklahoma defensive lineman (Gerald McCoy excluded from that remark). To my surprise, he did some nice things and provided an interior pass rush that made Greg Ward Jr. uncomfortable. This week, Walker will be going against potentially the top center/guard prospect in this year's draft in Pat Elflein, Walker needs to stand out and show scouts exactly what he is capable of.

 

ILB RAEKWON McMILLAN (OHIO STATE) VS. RB SAMAJE PERINE (OKLAHOMA)

This will be a fun matchup to keep an eye on. There will be a long debate as to whether Reuben Foster or Raekwon McMillan should be ILB1 for the 2017 Draft, and McMillan keeping Perine in check this week can go a long way to swaying that debate in his favor. Perine is an extremely physical runner with deceptive speed who is a fringe-1st prospect in a stacked RB class.

 

WR MICHAEL RECTOR (STANFORD) VS. CB ADOREE' JACKSON (USC)

The match up of Michael Rector and Adoree' Jackson will be more like a track meet than an actual football game. Both of these players can reportedly run in the 4.3-range and it should be fun trying to see what type of strategy David Shaw and Clay Helton will employ to try and mitigate each other's elite quickness. 

 

 

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