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.
Here's some battles that are on tap for the upcoming weekend:
WR CEEDEE LAMB/HOLLYWOOD BROWN VS CB KRIS BOYD
Huge test for Longhorns cornerback Kris Boyd in an enormous Red River Rivalry game that will no doubt be swarming with NFL scouts. I actually liked Boyd more than teammate Holton Hill last year due to better situational in-game awareness and more consistency in run support, but one question I have about Boyd is whether he has the recovery speed to be an above-average starter in the NFL. Going up against maybe the fastest man alive this week in crimson speedster Marquise "Hollywood" Brown should provide a lot more answers to this question. Boyd has shown a tendency to grab and hold players if he feels beat this season, and he can't afford to do that against whichever talented Sooners receiver lines up across from him.
C ALEC EBERLE VS DT GERALD WILLIS III
I don't necessarily think much of Alec Eberle, so this is more about watching Gerald Willis continue his 2018 feast fest against a banged up and largely untalented Seminoles offensive line. Deondre Francois can go ahead and slide protection all he wants, but the Hurricanes have a ton of weapons at every level of the defense to make it another tough day at the office for Willie Taggart. The explosive Willis already has 23 tackles in five games and could double his season sack total (two) in this game alone.
WR HAKEEM BUTLER VS CB AJ GREEN
If you've tuned in to any Iowa State games this season, chances are you've stumbled onto some grown-ass man play by wide receiver Hakeem Butler. The 6'6" receiver has routinely showcased his outstanding catch radius and breakaway speed for his size in his first season as the alpa target following the departure of Allen Lazard and the redshirt junior is quickly ascending up most draft boards. On the other side, Oklahoma State cornerback AJ Green is one of the most underrated players in college football and could add to his resume with another statement game in the Big 12.
RB DEVIN SINGLETARY VS DE OSHANE XIMINES
If Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary played in a Power Five conference, he would likely be the top back on everyone's draft board and a Heisman frontrunner. Unfortunately, plying your trade in Conference USA shackles you from national notoriety, but make no mistake about it, this guy is very much on the radar of NFL teams. Setting the edge for Old Dominion is body-beautiful freaky athlete Oshane Ximines, who already has six sacks, two forced fumbles and 29 tackles for the Monarchs. Like Singletary, Ximines may not be a household name based on his school, but scouts are salivating over the pass rusher, and don't be surprised if he has a Marcus Davenport-like ascent if he gets an invite to the Senior Bowl.
RB BENNY SNELL JR. VS LB TYREL DODSON
No running back has moved up our board more this season than Kentucky's Benny Snell Jr., who runs the football like John Wick morphed into Marshawn Lynch. Snell is single-handedly responsible for Kentucky's pristine record. The workhorse back already has 115 attempts on the season and is averaging 5.6 yards per carry despite banging his head against eight man boxes week-in and week-out. The man who will be grabbed by the face mask by Jimbo Fisher and tasked with stopping Snell is 6'2" 245-pound junior linebacker Tyrell Dodson, who has been one of the most reliable leaders for the Aggies this year. Something's gotta give in this one.
WR LAVISKA SHENAULT JR. VS WR N'KEAL HARRY
No, neither receiver is going to flip to cornerback for this game, but we will be blessed with the two best wide receivers in college football on the same field at the same time. According to Tony Pauline, N'Keal Harry already has his eyes set on the 2019 Draft while Shenault is not yet eligible as a true sophomore. This #Pac12AfterDark match up will be a treat to watch and you won't want to miss the chance to size up these pass catchers side-by-side.