The first Saturday in October brings us a number of big time match-ups from the early afternoon into the evening. The contests pit nationally ranked teams going head-to-head as well as a number of one-on-one match-ups between highly rated prospects.
A great way to start off the day. Marcus Gilchrist is one of our favorite safety’s in the nation but his move to cornerback this season has been uneasy. He’ll face off against a Hurricane offense with quality and quantity at the receiver position, including the underrated Leonard Hankerson.
We’ve been singing the praises of Hurricane defender Allen Bailey this season, and we think deservedly so. This week Clemson tackle Chris Hairston, who is well liked by NFL scouts, has a big opportunity to move up draft boards if he can handle Bailey.
Seminole signal caller Christian Ponder has not played well at all this season while Cavalier cornerback Ras-I Dowling has barely played due to a leg injury. It’s a great match-up and let’s hope Ponder challenges Dowling.
We mentioned this one in our podcast; the talented Longhorn secondary must shutdown the Sooners underrated pair of pass catchers, junior Ryan Broyles and senior Brandon Caleb.
Colorado tackle Nate Solder looked awful against Cal earlier this season. Justin Houston looks terrible standing up in space at linebacker yet the Georgia junior has excelled out of a three point stance. Houston is the type of pass rusher that could give Solder fits.
Several good match-ups in this contest. The Gators offensive line versus Bama’s defensive front seven is one to watch.
Florida junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins is flying up draft boards yet will have his toughest test to date. The Tide offers several good receiver prospects that will challenge Jenkins. Besides the well known Julio Jones, junior Marquis Maze is a legitimate NFL prospect in his own right.
Boise State vs. New Mexico State
We don’t expect this to be a close game- in fact Boise State should win in a blowout. But NMSU has one of the better sleepers in the cornerback class, Davon House. A long, lean athlete with good ball skills, House could slide into the third round of next April’s draft. His showing against the Bronco’s potent receiver duo of Austin Pettis and Titus Young will go a long way in helping his stock.
Notre Dame has totaled eight sacks during the seasons initial four games; not a great number. We told you last week we were not impressed by Boston College left tackle Anthony Castonzo as he was constantly beaten by Virginia Tech’s speed rushers. Castonzo needs a big game against the Irish.