Every Friday, we take a look at the games within the games of college football and try to shine a spotlight on some of the elite positional matchups for the upcoming weekend.
This week’s episode features a tussle in the trenches in the SEC.
OG GARRETT BRUMFIELD VS DT DERRICK BROWN
An old-school bruiser, Brumfield had a terrific game against Miami, routinely reaching the second level to spring Nick Brossette for long, will-imposing runs. In this week's game of the week between #12 LSU and #7 Auburn, Brumfield will have to show off his pass protection skills against a very talented defensive tackle in Derrick Brown. The interior offensive line class this year is a weak one, and this week's battle can go a long way in proving whether or not he can start on Sundays. Brown already has six tackles and a sack on the season, and he needs to ramp up production this year to distinguish himself from the stacked defensive lineman in the 2019 class.
QB ERIC DUNGEY VS EDGE BRIAN BURNS
The Seminoles are in disarray under new lead man Willie Taggart, and this matchup against Syracuse reeks of upset. Eric Dungey is one of the most mobile quarterbacks in college football, already racking up 244 yards (9.4 yards per carry) on the ground in only two games for the Orange. If Burns can get some early pressure off the edge, Dungey will be forced to take off with his legs early and often, and once he gets into the second level, the Noles could have a lot of issues in pursuit.
OT GREG LITTLE VS EDGE ANFERNEE JENNINGS
While Jonah Williams of Alabama is the clear OT1 in this class, Greg Little is not too far away. If Little has a good outing against dominant edge rusher Anfernee Jennings this week, he can further close the gap on Williams and make a case for being a top ten pick. On the other side of the ball, Jennings is the next great Alabama pass rusher who can beat you with a rare combination of speed and power, and a strong showing against one of the top tackle in college football will be huge for his brand.
RB MIKE WEBER VS LB TY SUMMERS
People forget how tough of a runner Mike Weber is with J.K. Dobbins stealing all the glory for the Buckeyes backfield. Weber is currently projected as a third round pick in our big board, but if he's going to have a big game, TCU linebacker Ty Summers will have something to say about it. Summers is one of the most underrated defenders in college football, and his ability to play both the run and pass is overshadowed at times. I expect a high-volume tackle game for Summers, and an interception on Dwayne Haskins would go a long way for his national notoriety.
WR COLLIN JOHNSON VS CB IMAN MARSHALL
At 6'6", Collin Johnson has one of the biggest catch radiuses in college football, but I have yet to see him truly dominate contested catches. A lot of his success actually comes out of the slot and he is a much better runner in the open field than people give him credit for. Against USC and the Trojans, however, Johnson is going to have to show that he can go up and high point the football over the speedy and stout Iman Marshall. The 2019 cornerback class is truly a horse race at this point, and shutting down one of the better receivers in the Big 12 could help Marshall jockey towards the top of the board.
WR CEEDEE LAMB VS CB BRIAN PEAVY
No, Lamb's not draft eligible as a true sophomore, but his performance last week has him listed as public enemy number one for team captain and starting cornerback Brian Peavy. The redshirt senior will have to play much bigger than his 5'9" frame against the lengthy Lamb this week, but his game is predicated on awareness, play recognition, and timing that can give him a slight edge in the battle against a less experienced receiver. Peavy has a shot at being a late round selection, but needs to play like it against a lethal Sooners offense.