This week is a great one for college football, but unfortunately the schedules are going to overlap no matter which game you choose. In this week's picks, I'll offer you two possible games for the late afternoon slot, and you might just have to do some channel surfing to follow the action.
Tennessee at no. 12 Georgia
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I'll be honest, I think this game is a mismatch in Georgia's favor, so if you're looking not just to scout, but to watch some entertaining close games, I'd recommend you change the channel. Tennessee is running an inexperienced line with two freshman starters, which means it should be open season for Leonard Floyd and the Georgia defense. If you're up for some scouting, then tune in for a matchup that I'm looking forward to: AJ Johnson against Todd Gurley. Johnson is a linebacker for Tennessee who is basically the heart and soul of their defense, and Gurley is obviously the star running back who should be a first round pick this spring. I want to see the one-on-one battle here, and I hope it's a good one.
No. 3 Texas A&M at Arkansas
The football gods are smiling down on us this weekend, giving us several great scouting matchups to choose from. The most interesting, in my book, will be this game between two ridiculously high scoring teams - Arkansas averages 48.8 points per game, and that's not even as much as A&M does.
The matchup worth watching comes when Texas A&M is on offense, pairing offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi against defensive end Trey Flowers. Flowers looks like an edge rusher should, with plenty of length and body mass, but I want to see how he handles a truly blue-chip offensive line. QB Kenny Hill took over right where Johnny Manziel left off and has had an incredible start to the season, already amassing 1300 yards passing and 13 TDs in the first 4 games of the season. The sophomore will have to wait his turn before it's time to enter the draft, though. Also worth watching on A&M's offense are OL Jarvis Harrison (a senior) and Germain Ifedi (a redshirt sophomore, so he's technically draft eligible). Lately, this school is looking like an offensive pipeline to the NFL.
When Arkansas has the ball, the attack starts with their two great running backs. Alex Collins is the lead back, though he's only a sophomore and not draft eligible. Jonathan Williams is eligible, and already has rushed for almost 100 yards per game in relief of Collins. QB Brandon Allen has been efficient in the passing game, and he should find openings in this defense.
No. 16 Stanford at Washington
4:15 PM EST
Maybe you want a Pac-12 flavor to your Saturday football? No worries, these two teams oblige with a great group of prospects. When Stanford has the ball, it's tough to find a better trio of QB-WR-OT than Kevin Hogan, Ty Montgomery, and Andrus Peat. If there are any complaints, it's that Hogan has yet to have a huge statistical performance this season. They'll have some serious trouble against the talent on this Washington defense, though. Linebacker Shaq Thompson. Edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha. Nose tackle Danny Shelton. Linebacker and team captain John Timu. If Stanford isn't able to find holes in Washington's secondary early, it'll spend the rest of the game struggling to put a drive together.
Washington's offense is no slouch either, averaging nearly 50 points over the last 3 games. If he returns from injury, John Ross will be a huge boost to their offense - he's averaging 37 yards per reception, and that's not a typo. However, they're starting a first year QB in Cyler Miles, and if pressure finds him then the Huskies might fall behind quickly. One thing that might help is if Kasen Williams can start getting open and making receptions again. He's only caught 5 passes so far this season, and he's capable of doing much more.
Missouri at no. 13 South Carolina
7:00 PM EST
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If you watched the Texas A&M versus Arkansas game, it should be ending in time for you to tune in here. You'll be able to watch the latest set of great pass rushers coming out of Missouri in Markus Golden and Shane Ray (who already has 6 sacks), going up against Corey Robinson, Brandon Shell, and AJ Cann. Mike Davis is on the field again, although he hasn't reclaimed his star running back form.
When Mizzou has the ball, offensive linemen Mitch Morse and Evan Boehm will both be getting draft consideration this year. They should have a good game against South Carolina's defensive line, which has struggled to generate pressure this year. Only JT Surratt, a gap clogging defensive tackle, returned as a starter for 2014.