Notre Dame vs Pittsburgh
12PM EST ABC
Panters receiver Tyler Boyd continues to receive high praise from the scouting community and ranks fourth on most receiver boards around the league after Treadwell, Fuller and Doctson, though a few have Michael Thomas in the mix.
During a four game stretch this season which included Iowa, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Georgia Tech, teams which all possess NFL caliber cornerbacks, Boyd totaled 30 receptions for 301 yards. This weekend’s contest against Notre Dame will be another big challenge for the junior wide out.
Irish corner Keivarae Russell is a highly rated prospect that’s played reasonably well since returning from his suspension. Scouts loved safety Elijah Shumate entering the year and the team’s other safety Max Redfield has shown flashes of next level ability.
Word is Boyd will enter the draft and some are saying he’s already latched onto an agent. The Notre Dame secondary possess good ball skills and likes to hit hard, will look to intimidate Boyd. Expect a physical contest for the receiver, who projects as a top 40 draft pick.
Auburn vs Texas A&M
7:30PM EST SEC Network
Last week I stated Germain Ifedi rates higher on my board than most other. The Texas A&M right tackle is a nifty blocker with the footwork necessary to slide over to the left side as well as the athleticism to be used as a zone blocking guard.
Against Auburn the junior faces off against a resurgent Carl Lawson, who returned from injury last week then dominated highly rated Laremy Tunsil of Mississippi.
Lawson explodes off the edge to make plays up the field. He’s a disruptive force with a large upside. Were that not enough Ifedi must also guard against Cassanova McKinzy, a productive football player with average next level measurables.
But for Lawson and McKinzy, Auburn is not a good pass rushing team yet this is another tough battle for Ifedi, who projects as a first round pick.
LSU vs Alabama
8PM EST CBS
I’d be remiss not to mention what has year in and year out been one of the biggest and most important games in the SEC.
There’s a lot on the line for Reggie Ragland, the senior linebacker many believe will be selected in round one. Ragland is a three down defender that’s stacks well against the run and shows ability in coverage.
He best stack well against the run as the Tigers offer Heisman frontrunner Leonard Fournette, the large, powerful ball carrier who will be an early first round choice when he enters the draft.