There are some terrific match-ups this week on the college field which will impact national rankings. Many could also effect opinions in war rooms around the NFL. Here are just a few to keep an eye on.
Iowa vs Pittsburgh
Brandon Lindsey of the Panthers is a defender well liked in scouting circles. He did a terrific job filling in for the injured Greg Romeus last year and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. An undersized college defensive end that occasionally stand up over tackle, he’ll face off against two next level Iowa prospects blocking the edge. Riley Reiff is considered a possible first round pick and does a solid job on the left side of the Hawkeye line while we feel right tackle Markus Zusevics is one of the most underrated players at his position.
Another good match-up is Panther junior receiver Mike Shanahan against Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater. Prater is explosive and flashes ability but at times seems lost on the field. Shanahan does not possesses elite speed but plays smart, tough football.
Washington vs Nebraska
The game could be a blow-out in Nebraska’s favor for a second season but the battle between Husky receiver Jermaine Kearse and Cornhusker corner Alfonzo Dennard should be a good one. Both are feisty, physical players that battle hard.
Ohio State vs Miami-Fl
Despite several suspensions for both teams this is a game NFL scouts will target.
Mike Brewster of Ohio State, possibly the most underrated offensive lineman in the nation from a next level point of view, will have his work cut out for him against the solid Marcus Forston. Ditto for Buckeye tackle JB Shugarts whenever Adewale Ojomo is lined up across from him.
Receiver DeVier Posey against a talented Hurricane secondary which includes safety Vaughn Telemaque is also a match-up to watch.
Oklahoma vs Florida State
One of the most important games of the coming weekend which could impact the top five in the nation. We’ll go on record saying we think the Seminoles will pull the upset.
FSU cornerback Greg Reid, one of the top rated corners on our board, had a tough go of it last year against the Sooners- but then again so did anyone dressed in a Seminole uniform. He’ll be matched against the very quick, elusive and reliable Ryan Broyles, potentially the top slot receiver available in next April’s draft.
We’ve taken heat for our opinions on the next level potential of Landry Jones. In our minds this game will be a measuring stick as the Seminole pass rush is fierce and their secondary loaded with talent.
Seminole defensive end/outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins and Oklahoma tackle Jarvis Jones are a pair of developing talents. Jenkins is a proto-typical FSU defensive end; explosive, athletic and very fast but small while Jenkins is also athletic but raw. The times they face off is something to key on.