Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio vs. Arkansas’ Trey Flowers and Chris Smith
This hasn’t been a great start to the season for Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio as opposing defenses have been able to expose some of his weaknesses. Kouandjio really struggles to remain balanced while trying to protect the edge against speed rushers.His movement becomes really jerky which hurts his overall quickness, ability to anchor and change direction. This weekend he faces two quick pass rushers in Arkansas’ Trey Flowers and Chris Smith. Both have the burst of line give Kouandjio a lot of trouble.
Ole Miss’ Charles Sawyer vs. LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry
Heading into the season I was very high on Ole Miss’ Charles Sawyer. He is an excellent athlete who possesses a quick burst and fluid hips. Sawyer is an aggressive defender who has a knack for reading the quarterback and breaking on the ball.However, Sawyer has really struggled to get things going this season. His season started with an injury that limited his snaps and then he was suspended after a DUI arrest. He still has plenty of natural talent, but needs to finish the season on a strong note.
LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are two of the better wide receivers in the country. They offer a chance for Sawyer to show he’s someone who still needs to be on the NFL radar.
South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney vs. Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson and Ja’Wuan James
I’ve been very outspoken about my love for Tennessee’s Ja’Wuan James and this weekend he’ll have an opportunity to show his talent. James and fellow offensive tackle, Antonio Richardson, have the task of trying to slow down South Carolina’s pass-rushing duo of Jadeveon Clowney and Chaz Sutton. James and Richardson are both first-round talents who can make a statement by keeping Clowney in check. For Clowney, he needs to get use to facing this type of competition because it’s what he can expect to deal with week in and week out at the next level.
Florida State’s LaMarcus Joyner vs. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins
This weekend is the first game of the year featuring two top-5 teams in No. 3 Clemson and No. 5 Florida State. The winner of this game will put themselves in a good position to make a run at the National Championship. There are also some NFL hopefuls looking to boost their stock.Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is considered by many to be one of the top wide receiver prospects. He features excellent hands, good size and top-notch quickness. Clemson is counting on him having a big game this weekend.
Watkins will face a Florida State secondary featuring the versatile LaMarcus Joyner. This will be a tough matchup for Joyner because Watkins has a big size advantage. However, Joyner makes up for his lack of size with quickness and good instincts.