The first Saturday in October brought us some terrific contests which shook up the rankings in the BCS? Can week six match the drama of last Saturday? We’ll have to wait and seen, but here are some of the top pro-prospect match-ups.
We spoke at length over the summer at how underrated we feel Hoosier signal caller Ben Chappell is. In our opinion Chappell is a legitimate NFL prospect. He has a trio of terrific wide outs including Damarlo Belcher, Tandon Doss and Terrance Turner. All have legitimate next level talent. Against Ohio State they’ll face cornerback Chimdi Chekwa whose stepped up his game this year as well as Devon Torrence and Jermale Hines, another pair of solid NFL prospects.
Alabama vs South Carolina
The Gamecocks want legitimacy and beating Alabama gives it to them immediately. Safety turned cornerback Chris Culliver has been steady this season and has improved his draft stock. He’ll face off against the injured Julio Jones as well as the underrated Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks tomorrow. It’s a big game for Culliver and his team.
Ryan Mallett struggled to handle Alabama’s pressure ma two weeks ago. Von Miller has not live up to expectations during the first month of the season. Both have a lot to gain in this match-up.
We’ve been critical of the accuracy and decision making of Mizzou signal caller Blaine Gabbert in the past. He better be on his game tomorrow against CU when he faces cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown. Smith is likely to be a top 45 pick while Brown could sneak into the third frame.
This match-up has a storied history of great games. Seminole quarterback Christian Ponder was impressive last week, albeit against an adequate Cavalier defense with a Ras-I Dowling that’s been struggling with injury. The heat will be turned on Ponder even higher tomorrow evening. Besides Allen Bailey breathing down his neck Ponder will be challenged by cornerbacks Brandon Harris and DeMarcus Van Dyke.