#7 Penn State Nittany Lions at #24 Michigan State Spartans 11:00 CST on Fox
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) September 30, 2017
Watch to Watch: Anytime you get the opportunity to watch Penn State RB Saquan Barkley (#1 RB) you need to do so. Barkley is in contention to possibly be the number one pick in the 2018 draft and faces off against a sound Spartan defense that has some talent in DE Demetrius Cooper, DT Raequan Williams and SLB Chris Fey. When Michigan State has the ball they will look to pound the ball with RB LJ Scott who is a downfield runner who has the ability to weave through traffic. Keep an eye on C Brian Allen (#7 C) as he faces off against Penn State DT’s Parker Cothren and Curtis Cothran who are two draftable tackle prospects.
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) September 15, 2017
Additional Matchups to Keep an Eye on: While there isn’t much of good games during the morning time slot the amount of prospect battles is plentiful. In Indiana’s quest to knock off the unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers we will see WR Simmie Cobbs match up with Wisconsin CB Derek Tindal. In College Station we have a prime match WR/CB matchup as #2 WR Christian Kirk goes against #7 CB Carlton Davis. Both positions are lacking elite talent and a good game against the other can really catapult them up the rankings. In addition to some prospect vs prospect battles we do have a couple of players to watch out for. UMass TE Adam Breneman (#5 TE) faces off against Mississippi State which is the most talented team he’ll face all year. Also Western Kentucky QB Mike White (#5 QB) is a sleeper in this overrated QB class and plays against a tough Vanderbilt defense.
#4 Clemson Tigers at #20 North Carolina State Wolfpack 2:30 CST on ABC
Watch to Watch: This game starts in the trenches as Clemson’s offensive line battles against an ultra-talented Wolfpack defensive line. Clemson LT Mitch Hyatt (#2 OT) faces his toughest test against Bradley Chubb (#3 Edge) and Kentavius Street (#10 Edge) facing off against the two ends who can come at you in a variety of ways. Inside Clemson’s offensive line leader Tyrone Crowder (#8 G) will have his hands full with DT’s Michael Hill and Justin Jones. Hill is more of the plugger while Jones is your typical three technique disrupter.
#5 Oklahoma Sooners at #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 3:00 CST on FS1
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) September 7, 2017
Watch to Watch: This game brings us a battle of two quarterbacks running high powered offenses. For Oklahoma State it is the Mason Rudolph (#8 QB) and James Washington (#13 WR) show while Oklahoma brings in the playmaking Baker Mayfield and Mark Andrews (#1 TE). Don’t expect a lot of defense to be played so keep your eyes on these offenses and enjoy the video game scores.
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) November 3, 2017
Additional Matchups to Keep an Eye on: Mike McGlinchey (#8 OT) has been tested all season along and that will continue against Wake Forest’s Duke Ejiofor (#16 Edge) who is skilled with his hands and can win with explosive bursts. Iowa LB Josey Jewell (#2 LB) has some of best instincts in college football but there are still concerns about his overall athletic ability which should make his matchup against the explosive Buckeye running backs something to really examine. On the other side of the ball Iowa’s Akrum Wadley (#5 RB) has been flying under the radar but has the explosive cutting ability to make defenders miss. Seeing how he does in space against a talented Ohio State linebacking core lead by WLB Jerome Baker (#6 LB). Out West in Pac 12 play we have a quality interior line matchup as Washington State’s “The Continent” Cody O’Connell (#4 G) faces off against Stanford DT Harrison Phillips. Phillips isn’t your typical nose tackle at 285lbs but he plays with good leverage. Seeing him go against the 6’7 351lb LG will be worth the watch.
#19 LSU Tigers at #2 Alabama Crimson Tide 7:00 CST on CBS
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) May 5, 2017
Watch to Watch: While this game isn’t two top 10 ranked teams like it has been in the past there is still a ton of NFL Draft talent on both sides. The big match up lies between Alabama WR Calvin Ridley (#1 WR) facing off against LSU CB Kevin Toliver (#15 CB). Ridley has explosive speed and uses it to ran away from defenders either downfield or on drag type routes. Toliver is your typical press man corner looking to use his size and length to disrupt. Toliver isn’t a quick twitch athlete and his long speed is still a question, both will be put to the test against Ridley. Another big match up will look at LSU RB Derrius Guice (#2 RB) and how he does against this Alabama defense. Guice has been slowed by injuries this year but has the speed and power that makes him a rare potential 1st round running back. But he’ll have to deal with ILB’s Rashaan Evans (#3 LB) and Shaun Dion Hamilton (#12 LB) not to mention SS Ronnie Harrison.
#13 Virginia Tech Hokies at #10 Miami Hurricanes 7:00 CST on ABC
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) October 14, 2017
Watch to Watch: If Miami wants to stay unbeaten they are going to need their receivers to step up and make plays since star RB Mark Walton (#6 RB) is out for the season. Luckily they have a good receiving group. Redshirt Sophomore Ahmmon Richards is the best of the group while the quick Braxton Berrios and TE Chris Herndon (#9 TE) do most of their work out of the slot. They’ll see a talented Hokie secondary featuring the ultra-athlete Adonis Alexander (#8 CB), technically sound Greg Stroman (#14 CB) and the tall and long Brandon Faycson. Since VaTech has such good corners they can afford to match up one on one. It will be imperative for the Hurricane pass catchers to win one on one to help open up the run game.
#22 Arizona Wildcats at #17 USC Trojans at 9:45 CST on ESPN
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) May 27, 2017
Watch to Watch: Arizona has been a different team since the emergence of Khalil Tate at quarterback giving Rich Rod the best quarterback he’s had since Pat White. Tate doesn’t project to be an NFL quarterback nor is he draft eligible, but Tate and RB Nick Wilson will test the Trojan linebackers on their ability to stop the run in space. ILB Cameron Smith (#4 LB) is praised for his instincts and toughness will get to show his athletic ability while Uchenna Nwosu will need to prove he isn’t as stiff as he’s shown in the past. In the secondary SS Chris Hawkins will also be a big factor either coming down into the box to help out or by filling running lanes from back deep.