The final full week on the college schedule before the conference title games features traditional interstate rivalries, some which will impact the national rankings. It’s also a weekend which a number of highly rated NFL prospects, many from the junior class, will face off against one another.
The Gator Swan Song for Louchiez Purifoy & Marcus Roberson?
Its been an up and down year for Purifoy and Roberson, and both could be playing their final game at Florida. The pair are rumored to be leaning towards the NFL yet each comes with question marks. Purifoy has been inconsistent on the field while Roberson has red flags off the field. The Gators cornerback duo and the rest of the team would like nothing better than to knock interstate rival Florida State from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Seminoles offer multi-threat freshman signal caller Jameis Winston as well as junior receiver Rashad Green, a potential mid-round pick putting up career numbers this season. The Florida State duo could be headaches for Purifoy and Roberson, who’ll want their last game at Florida to be memorable for the right reasons.
Paul Richardson (Colorado) vs Keith McGill (Utah): The end result could be big.
Colorado receiver Paul Richardson is on the rise as the junior has rebounded incredibly well from the knee injury which kept him on the sidelines last season. He’s a natural receiver and the go-to guy who breaks it deep on occasion. Keith McGill has also done a terrific job since returning from a shoulder injury which shelved him in 2012. The versatile defensive back has the size/speed numbers and athleticism which makes teams drool and his upside is enormous. Richardson is expected to enter the draft and grades as a top 45 choice. McGill has received second round grades by a number of scouts, who think he can develop into a starter. Scouts want to see who comes out on top when they meet head-to-head.
The Iron Bowl: How will Saban trick Greg Robinson?
Auburn’s red-shirt sophomore left tackle Greg Robinson has been getting a lot of love recently. The large blocker has really elevated his game this season and is starting to transfer his size and athleticism into full time football skill. He’s far from the finished prospect but still a terrific prospect with potential for greatness. Robinson and Auburn face an NFL type of defense on Saturday, both on the schematic and personal front. Alabama coach Nick Saban will throw numerous looks which Robinson must immediately recognize or he’ll get beat by a bevy of top 75 talent in the Tide’s front seven. The game is equally a challenge for Xzavier Dickson, Adrian Hubbard, Ed Stinson and Jeoffrey Pagan of the Tide; all gifted next level prospects who’ve put up pedestrian stats this season.
Ground & Pound versus Finesse and Quickness
Wisconsin’s Ryan Groy, a week 13 riser, is a tough, slug it out blocker who takes no prisoners. He’s been graded by scouts anywhere from the third round into the middle part of the draft’s last day. DaQuan Jones of Penn State is rated by some as the top defensive tackle from the senior class. He does not play with the same rough and tumble style of Groy, rather he’s a quick, finesse athlete. Some question Jones’ consistency on the field and ability to come up with the big play when needed. Others feel Groy is a bit one-dimensional and limited. Their contrasting style will make for an interesting watch.