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SMU at #20 TCU 3:30 PM ESPNU
- The high flying Mustangs offense travel a short distance to Fort Worth to take on an equally fun Horned Frogs offense. HC Chad Morris has done wonders for a still recovering program that is infamous for many NCAA rules related reasons. TCU is solidly consistent under long tenured HC Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs are coming off a resounding beatdown of Arkansas last week. Which of these two defenses can make enough stops to win it?
SMU prospect to watch
1. Courtland Sutton 6'4 216 WR RS Junior
- Sutton exploded onto the prospect scene as a redshirt freshman two years ago, putting up impressing numbers in spread guru Chad Morris' offense. He's a physical marvel that can go after any catch and make it look routine. Excellent route runner. Instincts and agility are major pluses. Speed can be a question mark but it hasn't slowed him down any. Arguably the best receiver in a loaded crop for 2018. Knows what he is (a big physical X that can go up for high balls) and won't deviate from that.
TCU prospect to watch
1. Travin Howard 6'1 213 LB Senior
- Yes, you read those numbers right. Howard is only 213 pounds...at linebacker. Don't let the size fool you, however. 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. Josh Carraway who? While I was looking at Carraway stuff, Howard really popped off the screen. More than likely to convert to safety in the pros due to size.
#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida 3:30 PM CBS
- In this corner, we have a team using a garbage can as a gimmick motivation tool while we have a team with garbage offense in the other. Should be a thrilling matchup of first one to 14 wins. Florida has nothing on offense writing home about. If the Vols can come up with a middle school level of defense, they should win handily. Injuries and suspensions have ravaged both sides to a sad state of affairs. Tennessee is missing its top weapon in Jauan Jennings while Florida has lost RB Jordan Scarlett and WR Antonio Callaway to indefinite suspension. Not the most enticing game that CBS has to offer for SEC fans.
Tennessee prospect to watch
1. Todd Kelly, Jr 5'11 200 S Senior
- Kelly is a Volunteer legacy as father TK, Sr was a great player for the team and had a cup of coffee in the NFL. Junior is a good athlete in his own right. He's known for being a big hitter type of safety but is very well schooled in fundamentals. Lost weight in the offseason to get quicker as he wasn't the best athlete in the secondary. With a good senior campaign, he could be in consideration of being drafted.
Florida prospect to watch
1. Martez Ivey 6'5 315 OL Junior
- Ivey has had an inconsistent career to date due to injuries but really turned it on as a sophomore. He's a rare five star recruit that has panned out for the Gators on offense lately. Position versatile. The only positive for the Gators on offense as they were destroyed by Michigan in the opener.
Notre Dame at Boston College 3:30 PM ESPN
"Battle of the Golden Domes" I guess?
- The Eagles host a heartbroken Irish team that lost in the dying seconds to Georgia last week in South Athens err South Bend. BC was the latest victim of the WakeyLeaks revenge tour that is the Wake Forest 2017 season. ND should win comfortably as BC's offense could be more putrid than Florida's at this point. Matchup to watch: Mike McGlinchey vs Harold Landry.
Notre Dame prospects to watch
1. Mike McGlinchey 6'8 312 OL RS Senior
- The whole country was shocked when he returned to school for this year. He was the best offensive tackle in the 2017 draft class by far. A surefire top 20 lock had he opted for the draft. Has played both left and right tackle in career. A massive mountain at tackle. Experienced as a RS Senior. He's the best tackle in this year's class too. Fundamentally sound. Doesn't get beat often.
2. Equanimeous St. Brown 6'5 204 WR Junior
- It can be argued that ESB is the best overall receiver in the class, not only just for his impressive physical traits, either. He's a playmaker in the short and deep passing game. The injury history is a little worrisome as he missed 2015 with a shoulder issue. An athletic freak with good fundamentals. It's not fair what he can do to defensive backs. He stood out to me last year despite ND's infamous 4-8 record. Another potential negative is that his father makes Lavar Ball, Ron Holmes (Shabazz Muhammad's dad)and Todd Marinovich's father seem like quietly supportive fathers in comparison.
Boston College prospect to watch
1. Harold Landry 6'3 250 DE Senior
- It can be argued that Landry is the best defensive end in the ACC. He's that good. I've been a fan of his for the past couple of years. A big game player as he saves his best for the likes of Florida State and Clemson. Fundamentals are above average. A tackling machine that won't stop until the whistle blows. Terrific athlete. Quick first step.
#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville 8 PM ABC
- Clemson travels to the Pizza Palace in Louisville after sacking Auburn into oblivion last week. As an unit, they had 11 sacks on Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham. Louisville is coming off a 47-35 win over UNC and are 2-0 as a result. Lamar Jackson has lived up to the hype and then some. The 'Ville will be looking for revenge as they pushed Clemson to the limit last year, losing a really close one on a 4th down play.
Clemson prospects to watch
1. Dexter Lawrence 6'4 340 DT Sophomore
- Ed Oliver who? Lawrence is one of the best defensive tackles in the country and should be a first round pick in the 2019 draft. An impressive athlete for a man his size. Has a lot of experience even at an young age for the reigning national champions. He projects as a nose tackle due to size and can play tackle in a 4-3 at the next level. He's a beast.
2. Christian Wilkins 6'4 300 DL Junior
- In an alternate universe that doesn't have Lawrence on the same team, Wilkins would be the best defensive tackle on the team. He got next in the Tigers DL factory. Has played both tackle and end in his career. Had a weird moment in the semifinal against Ohio State when he grabbed Curtis Samuel in an "inappropriate" region. Great athlete. Impressive tackling skills. The general for the feared Tigers defense.
3. Deon Cain 6'1 190 WR Junior
- The heir apparent to Chargers rookie Mike Williams is a dynamic athlete in his own right. A speed demon that can score from anywhere on the field. At certain points last season, he was better than Williams. Dat Speed. Best receiver in the ACC.
Louisville prospect to watch
1. Lamar Jackson 6'3 212 QB Junior
- The reigning Heisman Trophy winner returns as a improved junior looking to win another one. Vince Young (the college one) 2.0 with much better football IQ and passing game. A freak athlete that could be one of the fastest in the nation, regardless of position. He has improved as passer and it shows so far in the young season.