College Football Preview Week 6

By | October 9, 2015

MARYLAND @ OHIO STATE by 9
Saturday NOON ET BTN

The Buckeyes have a pretty mild schedule this season and have looked lethargic to date. Maryland may provide a competitive game overall. Some week soon OSU is going to put it all together and this could be the time. I’m surprised that URBAN has been fairly patient (to date) with CARDALE JONES as his QB. I would not be shocked if he pulled the trigger on BARRETT replacing JONES this month if JONES does not put up a big game this weekend. This could be a big game for JOEY BOSA because the Terps OL is not top notch this year. BOSA/DE and ELLIOTT/RB are both Top 15 draftees if they declare for 2016 Draft.
Prospects to watch:

MARYLAND                                                        OHIO STATE

#15 BRAD CRADDOCK/K 6’1/195                      #5 BRAXTON MILLER/WR 6’2/215
#21 SEAN DAVIS/DB 6’1/202                           #15 EZEKIEL ELLIOTT/RB 6’/225
#20 ANTHONY NIXON/S 6’/205                    #37 JOSHUA PERRY/OLB 6’4/254
#45 BRANDON ROSS/RB 5’10/205                #68 TAYLOR DECKER/OT 6’8/315
#99 QUINTON JEFFERSON/DL 6’3/290      #97 JOEY BOSA/DE 6’5/275
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx      #12 CARDALE JONES/QB/6’4/250

ARKANSAS @ ALABAMA by 4
Saturday 7PM ET ESPN
It has been a disappointing start for the Razorbacks, but the talent is there and they can play smash mouth with anyone on their schedule and win. BAMA bounced back quite nicely from it’s loss to Ole Miss. But there is no margin for error for NICK SABAN and his boys the rest of the way. This is a bigger test than most think for the Crimson Tide. And to add flavor to the mix there is lots of draftable talent on display as usual. A key matchup will be the huge Arkansas OL against the physical ‘BAMA DL. Indeed, keep eye on Hogs’ G/T Denver Kirkland when he battles the likes of Bama DL Jarran Reed, Jonathan Allen and star NT A’Shawn Robinson. This game also features a potential duel between two of the best junior RBs in the country in Derrick Henry of Alabama and the Hogs’ Alex Collins.  And for good measure, the top two TE prospects for the upcoming draft – juniors Hunter Henry of Arkansas and the Tide’s O.J. Howard – will also be in this one.
Prospects to watch:

ARKANSAS                                                         ALABAMA

#4 KEON HATCHER/WR 6’2/210                     #14 JAKE COKER/QB 6’5/230
#3 ALEX COLLINS/RB 5’11/224                        #17 KENYON DRAKE/RB 6’1/210
#10 BRANDON ALLEN/QB 6’2/210                  #19 REGGIE RAGLAND/ILB 6’2/252
#26 ROHAN GAINES/S 5’11/195                        #70 RYAN KELLY/OC 6’5/297
#73 SEBASTIAN TRETOLA/G 6’5/334             #90 JARRAN REED/DE 6’4/313
#84 HUNTER HENRY/TE/ 6-5/250/JR            #2 DERRICK HENRY/RB/ 6-2/245/JR
#55 DENVER KIRKLAND/G-T/6-4, 345/JR   #88 OJ HOWARD/TE/ 6’5/250/JR
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx                #86 A’SHAWN ROBINSON/DT/ 6-3/315/JR
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx                #93 JONATHAN ALLEN/5T/ 6-3/275

NORTHWESTERN @ MICHIGAN by 5

Saturday; BTN; 3:30 PM

If this game were being played in Evanston I would pick the Wildcats to win. HC PAT FITZGERALD has a great combination of talent and determination on his undefeated squad this year. But to travel to the Big House and face the building momentum of the Fighting Harbaughs may be just too daunting of a task for a team being ravaged by injuries. I also think people wrongly dismiss Michigan a bit for their opening road loss at UTAH. Those people don’t realize how good a team UTAH is. I am worried at times about having IOWA grad JAKE RUDOCK at the helm for the Wolverines, but their running game is rounding into shape despite injuries to DeVEON SMITH. And the defense, led by Super Soph JABRILL PEPPERS/S/#15 is experienced and rugged. This should be a “hum dinger” as they used to say.
Prospects to watch:

NORTHWESTERN                                                 MICHIGAN

#14 CHRISTIAN JONES/WR 6’3/230                      #82 AMARA DARBOH/WR 6’2/215
#40 DAN VITALE/SB 6’2/235                                    #43 CHRIS WORMLEY/DL 6’4/300
#2 TRAVEON HENRY/S 6’1/220                               #48 DESMOND MORGAN/LB 6’1/236
#53 GEOFF MOGUS/OT 6’5/305                               #35 JOE BOLDEN/LB 6’3/232

FLORIDA @ MISSOURI by 3
Saturday 7:30PM ET SEC Network

Two solid football programs, and I am calling for the upset by the home standing MIZZOU team. New HC JIM McELWAIN has the GATORS playing over their heads, but the Tigers are a dangerous team having been backed into a corner by their upset Loss at Kentucky 2 weeks ago. The TIGERS have dismissed gritty QB/MATY MAUCK from the team and are going with true Freshman DREW LOCK, who looked very good in his debut last week against South Carolina. GARY PINKEL’s program is as solid as a rock and I expect them to win a tight one to hand the GATORS their first L of the season.
Prospects to watch:

FLORIDA                                                                    MISSOURI

#3 ANTONIO MORRISON/LB 6’1/229                    #7 KENYA DENNIS/CB 5’11/200
#1 VERNON HARGREAVES/CB 5’11/198              #10 KENTRELL BROTHERS/LB 6’1/235
#11 DeMARCUS ROBINSON/WR 6’2/200             32 RUSSELL HANSBROUGH/RB 5’9/195
#83 JAKE McGEE/TE 6’6/249                                #77 EVAN BOEHM/C 6’3/320
#90 JONATHAN BALLARD/DL 6’3/283              #99 ANDREW BAGGETT/K 6’1/215

CALIFORNIA @ UTAH by 3
Saturday 10PM ET ESPN

This should be a dynamic affair between two of the best, but perhaps most under appreciated teams in the nation. Just a few years ago CAL’s football program was a disaster. So many players had transferred out that they had the youngest squad in the country. Now most of those young guys are Juniors and Seniors and playing quite well. I believe that QB/JARED GOFF/JR is the most natural NFL QB Prospect in the country. UTAH has some of the best senior prospects in the nation as well, including RB DEVONTAE BOOKER. I will give the UTES the home field edge, but this could be an old-fashioned QB shootout between GOFF and TRAVIS WILSON. This should be a delight to watch. Take a nap and stay up late.

CALIFORNIA                                                                 UTAH  

#1 BRYCE TREGGS/WR 6’0/185                                 #7 TRAVIS WILSON/QB 6’6/233
#2 DANIEL LASCO/RB 6’1/205                                  #2 KENNETH SCOTT/WR 6’3/208
#16 JARED GOFF/QB 6’4/210                                    #9 TEVIN CARTER/SS 6’1/215
#73 JORDAN RIGSBEE/G 6’4/300                         #23 DEVONTAE BOOKER/RB 5’11/212
#89 STEPHEN ANDERSON/WR/ 6’3/230              #33 TOM HACKETT/P 5’11/195
#4 KENNY LAWLOR/WR/ 6’3/195/JR