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 FELTON DAVIS III VS CB DAVID LONG/CB LAVERT HILL
Sparty wide receiver Felton Davis III played a huge role last week in Michigan State's upset win over Penn State, registering 8 catches for 100 yards and 2 TDs. While he made Amani Oruwariye look lost at times, he will have a big assignment this week whether he lines up against David Long, Lavert Hill, or even Brandon Watson. The Wolverines cornerbacks have been playing lights out this year and this will be one of the first game tapes scouts will pop in when evaluating Davis simply because he can't line up somewhere to exploit a match up. Hopefully Hill doesn't house one on him like he did last week against Wisconsin.
OT BOBBY EVANS VS EDGE BEN BANOGU
A career right tackle before moving over to the left side this year to replace Orlando Brown Jr., Bobby Evans has shown some impressive versatility and has grown into a very good blindside blocker. Evans will need to show that he can counter speed, so this match up against TCU edge rusher Ben Banogu will be a great litmus test for him. Banogu only had 2.5 sacks heading into last week's game against Texas Tech and then a light seemed to come on, as he compiled 8 tackles and 2 sacks despite a losing effort. Banogu needs to make up some production the rest of the way due to his slow start, but Evans may have another outcome in mind.
TE NOAH FANT VS DB ANTOINE BROOKS JR.
If you haven't heard of 5'11 223 pound junior Antoine Brooks Jr., you're not crazy. Oddly enough, he may be one of the few hybrid defensive backs who has the skill set to cover athletic freak of a tight end in Noah Fant. Fant is currently our number one tight end prospect and despite couple of low yardage games against Wisconsin and Minnesota, he absolutely went off on Indiana last week with 4 catch for 102 yards and a TD. Even if Brooks does a good job of shutting down Fant, it may not be enough for Maryland, as Iowa has another promising young tight end prospect in TJ Hockenson.
QB DANIEL JONES VS SS JUAN THORNHILL
Nicknamed "Wolverine" for his incredible healing ability to return from a broken clavicle in just a few weeks, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones is one of the more intriguing signal callers in the country and could be a quick riser should he declare for the 2019 draft. He'll have his work cut out from him against a Cavaliers defense that is led by the ubiquitous defensive back Juan Thornhill, who had two interceptions last week against Miami. When you add in 6'7" defensive end Charles Snowden rushing around the edge, Thornhill may get another pressure pick today.
QB RYAN FINLEY VS CLEMSON DL
NC State quarterback Ryan Finley has been one of the highest rated quarterbacks in the NCAA per PFF this year, but he faces his toughest challenge yet against this fearsome foursome Clemson defensive line. Finley will need to be efficient today and distribute the football quickly, so this will be a terrific opportunity for scouts to evaluate his mental processing. With some of the other quarterbacks in the country struggling (looking at you, Jarrett Stidham), Finley is the benefactor of moving up the QB rankings. Also, watch how zone blocking athletic center Garrett Bradbury handles the power of 340-pound Dexter Lawrence today.
OG DEION CALHOUN VS DT RASHARD LAWRENCE
Another fight in the trenches, Mississippi State right guard Deion Calhoun has been one of my favorite prospects this year. Eerily reminiscent of former Bulldog Gabe Jackson at that right guard spot, Calhoun has been equally effective as a run blocker and pass protector and currently has a late day two grade. If he can keep the very talented defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence and the LSU pass rush at bay, that grade can only go higher.