Penn State’s Allen Robinson vs. Michigan
Penn State is coming off a very disappointing loss to an underrated Indiana team. However, they have a chance to wash away the bad taste in their mouth by upsetting Michigan this weekend. In order to pull off the upset Allen Robinson will need to have a big game.Robinson has been one of the top playmakers in all of college football so far this season. He uses a combination of size, strength and quickness to make plays all over the field. The biggest thing with Robinson is that he has really improved from last year.
He is doing a better job plucking the ball away from his body and is also showing a lot more explosiveness. The Michigan game will provide enough national attention for Robinson to get noticed.
Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard vs. the Indiana’s Explosive Passing Attack
Indiana’s passing attack is one of the more dangerous groups in the Big 10. At this point they’re averaging 346 yards per game. Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard will have his hands full trying to slow down this explosive group.Dennard is a big and physical defender who shows a good natural feel for the position. The one area he needs work is his ability to get his head turned around. However, look for him to use his physical nature to disrupt the timing of the Indiana offense.
LSU’s Zach Mettenberger vs. Florida’s Talented Secondary
This has been a great start to the season for LSU’s Zach Mettenberger. He has shown improvement each and every week. However, in the SEC there’s always another challenge waiting in the wings. This weekend Mettenberger faces Florida and their extremely talented secondary.Florida features at least three NFL-caliber defensive backs in Loucheiz Purifoy, Marcus Roberson and Jaylen Watkins. This group has the talent and instincts to make Mettenberger pay for any mistake.
Another thing to watch in this game is how the Florida secondary handles LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. These two receivers are two of my favorite players in this draft. They have great hands, play with a ton of explosiveness and have a great feel for the position.
BYU’s Kyle Van Noy vs. Georgia Tech’s Option Offense
Georgia Tech’s option offense continues to give me and opposing defenses nightmares. For me, it’s really tough to evaluate a defensive prospect against this unique offensive attack. However, this will be a good test for BYU’s Kyle Van Noy.Van Noy is a long and athletic outside linebacker prospect. He does a good job generating pressure on the quarterback and holding up in coverage. However, his run support could use some improvement. I’ve noticed that Van Noy puts himself around the football but has a tendency to just miss making a play on the ball carrier.
Against Georgia Tech, Van Noy can’t afford to misread a play or miss a tackle.