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Titans Fan Guide: Sunny Showdown Saturday Edition

An action packed Saturday on the books. Will there be some upsets along the way?

Derwin James. Do want.
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#13 Miami at Florida State 3:30 PM ESPN

- These two Sunshine State programs renew their rivalry once more. Miami is the clear favorite after Florida State's struggles to field a competent team some weeks. It has been seven long years since we've witnessed a Hurricane victory in this series between NFL factory programs. I have a feeling that the streak will end today in Tallahassee. Miami is the better team this year and it isn't close. FSU's defense needs to show up bigly in order for the Noles to have a shot at it. Miami is coming off a pounding of Duke while the Noles squeaked one out against the powerhouse Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Prediction: Miami 35 FSU 10

Miami prospects to watch

1. Chad Thomas 6'6 275 DE Senior

- Thomas is the Hurricanes' best defensive lineman and has been for a number of years now. He's a quick twitch athlete with a bit of power in his game. A former five star recruit that has more than lived up to the hype.

2. Shaq Quarterman 6'1 240 LB Sophomore

- He's one of the best linebackers in the country, regardless of draft class. He's that good. A monster in the middle and the leader of the Canes defense. A tremendous athlete for his size and can cover sideline to sideline with little issue. A first round talent next year should he choose that route.

3. Ahmonn Richards 6'1 190 WR Sophomore

- Richards has a legitimate chance at being one of the more talented receivers in school history. His speed is elite. Route running and hands are above average as well. Not an one trick pony. Knows which route and when to run it to perfection. One of the best receivers in the country.

Florida State prospects to watch

1. Derwin James 6'3 212 S Junior

- The best safety prospect in the nation without question. He's an elite athlete with great instincts. The engine that makes the Noles defense hum. A physical force tackling opponents. He has injury questions as he missed virtually all of 2016 with a knee issue. A virtual lock to declare early. Also has kick return ability.

2. Tavarus McFadden 6'2 198 CB Junior

- McFadden returns in 2017 as the country's leader in interceptions. Elite ball skills and athleticism. Fundamentally sound as a tackler. NFL teams will fall in love with his measureables and production thus far. Another lock to go pro early. The latest in a long line of former Nole corners in line to get drafted.

3. Derrick Nnadi 6'1 313 DT Senior

- Nnadi is the latest prospect in a long line of productive Seminole defensive tackles. He really came on as a junior and could've gone pro but came back to school. A handful to deal with on the interior. Just starting to scratch the surface of his talents. He's the anchor that the Noles can rely upon on defense.

4. Josh Sweat 6'5 249 DE Junior

- Sweat is a pass rush terror. He has speed and length for days on end. Has bulked up considerably since his freshman year. Injury history is a huge concern for pro teams as he nearly missed a chunk of his freshman season due to a catastrophic knee injury in HS.

#23 West Virginia at #8 TCU 3:30 PM FS1

- Arguably the best game of the day. West Virginia travels to Fort Worth and takes in the scenery at Jerry World after a game at TCU's campus. These two high powered offenses will do battle for four quarters. TCU shut down Oklahoma State in impressive fashion recently. Watch for 'Eer WR David Sills IV. He's good. The Horned Frogs in a close one, 40-35.

West Virginia prospect to watch

1. Will Grier 6'2 205 QB RS Junior

- Grier is an underrated prospect in this year's class. He has a big arm and is very decisive on what to do with the ball. He transferred from Florida after a PED suspension that cost him a full year. Fits the offensive system that the Mountaineers run to a T. Underrated athlete.

TCU prospects to watch

1. Travin Howard 6'1 213 LB Senior

- He's a tackle machine. Led the Horned Frogs in tackles the past couple of years. An athletic specimen that could break the mold of TCU guys not testing well. Fundamentally sound as most TCU defenders are. Has had a good start to the 2017 season.

2. Kenny Hill 6'1 205 QB RS Senior

- It's been an interesting ride for Mr. Hill in his college career. He transferred to TCU after being released from his Texas A&M obligations. A pretty good athlete that has been compared to Johnny Manziel in the past. Has grown up tremendously from being an immature college kid to a model teammate. Off field questions will follow him however at the next level. An above average arm with decent pocket awareness.

#16 Virginia Tech at Boston College 7:15 PM ESPN

Virginia Tech prospect to watch

1. Cam Phillips 6'0 202 WR Junior

- He could be one of the more underrated receivers in the country if not the entire ACC. Excellent ball skills and great agility. Speed is a huge plus. Did not have a good game against Clemson.

Boston College prospect to watch

1. Harold Landry 6'3 250 DE Senior

- It was a conversation that could've been had for Landry being the best defensive end in the ACC.. He's that good of a talent.. I've been a fan of his for the past couple of years. Fundamentals are above average. A tackling machine that won't stop until the whistle blows. Terrific athlete. Quick first step.

#1 Alabama at Texas A&M 7:15 PM ESPN

- The Crimson Tide revenge tour continues with a visit to the Aggies. Alabama is back to being ALABAMA like they never left while the Aggies are struggling to find something or someone to help them on defense. Maybe Nick Saban takes pity on soon to be fired HC Kevin Sumlin and doesn't put up 60 points. Thankfully, the Aggies didn't say anything too outlandish unlike Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Alabama 42 A&M 21 (because garbage time points are fun and seeing Saban going nuclear is must see TV).

Alabama prospects to watch

1. Minkah Fitzpatrick 6'1 203 CB Junior

- The nation's best cornerback prospect and it isn't particularly close, either. Impact day one starter even as a freshman. Elite athlete. Position versatile as he played safety a ton last year after Eddie Jackson went down with injury. He's good. Not much left to be said. Possibly the most talented of the Bama corners of recent lore.

2. Calvin Ridley 6'1 188 WR Junior

- 2016 was not a fun experience for him as the Tide were breaking in a true freshman QB but he has a ton of potential. The Tide's WR1 this year. Pretty good athlete. Outstanding route runner. Above average blocker. He's been having a rebound 2017 season.

Texas A&M prospects to watch

1. Christian Kirk 5'11 201 WR/KR Junior

- Kirk has been impressive since stepping foot onto campus. A dynamic athlete that can change games in an instant out of the slot or in the return game. He's vastly improved as a receiver every year. Athleticism is elite. Work ethic and character are pluses. Isn't a diva given his top billing as a recruit and works harder than anyone on the team. He's a first round talent should he declare.

2. Priest Willis 6'2 185 CB Senior

- Willis is a former five star recruit that is finally getting his chance at being CB1 for the Aggies. He's certainly had an interesting career arc. A former UCLA transfer. Has NFL bloodlines as father, Priest Willis, Sr was a solid RB for the Chiefs until the team wore him down with excessive touches.

3. Daylon Mack 6'1 320 DL Junior

-  Mack has been an instant impact since his freshman season. He's a classic nose tackle space occupier type in a 3-4 system. A big body that take up double teams to free up teammates to go make plays.

Bonus games to watch

#19 San Diego State at UNLV 10:45 PM ESPN2

- SDSU RB Rashaad Penny is good.

#11 Washington State at Oregon 8 PM Fox

- Can the Cougars hold their nerve against an injury depleted Ducks squad?

Stanford at #20 Utah 10:15 PM FS1

- Stanford RB Bryce Love has 1000 yards on LESS THAN 100 CARRIES. That's just stupid good.