Week two of the college football season kicked off on Thursday and offers a tremendous number of top NFL prospects that will be pitted against one another today. Brent Sobleski and Tony Pauline will highlight these matches throughout the afternoon and evening. We’ve included links to our pre-season team reports so viewers can break down all the pro-prospects on every team.
Georgia vs. South Carolina
Some of the luster has been taken out of this contest after two of its top prospects were suspended for the game in Georgia’s A.J. Green and South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders.
There is still plenty of talent left, particular among the Bulldogs’ offensive and defensive lines. South Carolina possesses one of the most underrated and athletic edge rushers in the nation. A match-up in the trenches which could dictate the outcome of the game.
Georgia: Clint Boling, OT, Cordy Glenn, OG, Josh Davis, OT, Ben Jones, C, Chris Davis, OG
South Carolina: Cliff Matthews, DE, Ladi Ajiboye, DT
Michigan vs. Notre Dame
Could both rosters finally be on the upswing after off seasons filled with turmoil? Coach Rodriguez finally looks to have the talent in his spread system to run and gun with any team in the nation. While Notre Dame’s defense came out fast and physical last weekend dictating the pace of the game against Purdue. The Irish hope to rein in the speed of true sophomore sensation Denard Robinson, currently behind center for the Wolverines. These two phases of the game and their subsequent play will directly result in who claims victory.
Michigan: Denard Robinson, QB (sophomore), Vincent Smith, RB (sophomore), Steve Schilling, OG, Kevin Koger, TE, Darryl Stonum, WR, Michael Shaw, RB
Notre Dame: Darius Fleming, OLB, Brian Smith, ILB, Ian Williams, NT, Ethan Johnson, DE, Darrin Walls, CB, Gary Gray, CB
Harrison Smith, S
Oregon vs. Tennessee
After a last week’s 72-0 shallacking, the Ducks handed out to New Mexico a week ago; Oregon may find travelling the high road to ole Rocky Top may be slightly tougher. Chip Kelly’s team loves to spread the football and explode with their zone read attack. The Volunteers have had numerous issues throughout the year but are certainly more talented on paper than Oregon’s previous opponent. A high octane offense will now face a defense in transition. Fans of Tennessee better be prepared for the upcoming onslaught, as the Ducks present the best stable of running backs in the nation.
Oregon: Darron Thomas, QB, LaMichael James, RB, Kenjon Barner, RB, Remene Alston Jr., RB, Nate Costa, QB, Jeff Maehl, WR
Tennessee: LaMarcus Thompson, LB, Ben Martin, DE, Chris Walker, LB, Gerald Williams, DE
Michigan St vs Florida Atlantic
Rob Hausler of FAU was surprisingly graded as one of the top tight ends in the nation from numerous scouting agencies, despite not playing ball in 2009. He’ll have his work cut out for him against Greg Jones of Michigan State.
Allen Bailey is the favorite defensive lineman for many in the nation and with good reason. Yet when Miami faces off against Ohio State this afternoon it will be a terrific test for the Hurricane senior, who’ll battle several top Buckeye blockers.
Speaking of offensive line/defensive line battles, we are really anticipating the interstate battle between Iowa and Iowa State. Everyone knows of Hawkeye defensive end Adrian Clayborn, one of the highest rated senior prospects in the nation. People will soon get acquainted with Kelechi Osemele, the Hawkeyes tackle we are incredibly high on. This will be a great battle as Osemele is a great run blocker and run defense is not a strength for Clayborn. While Clayborn is a tremendous pass rusher and could exploit Osemele’s poor footwork.
During our podcast on Wednesday we spoke glowingly about Michigan linebacker James Mouton. He’ll have to display a bit more skill today, and could further elevate his draft stock, when the Wolverines face the much more diverse offense of Notre Dame.