College Football Previews Week 9

By | October 29, 2015

Not quite to the home stretch for College Football 2015, but way too close for my liking. So let’s look at some solid match-ups with some legit pro prospects involved.

Either of these two teams could spend the rest of this season just chasing a Bowl Bid with a 6-6 final record. It is possible that both could be facing that fate if my projected outcome takes place. AUBURN looked to be in a serious SEC Play-Off pursuit until some key injuries and lack of QB development dashed their hopes. OLE MISS looks good most weekends, but then displays all of their warts a couple of weeks later. My gut tells me that as long as the Auburn Offense does not give the ball away to the Rebels too much, that Auburn DC WILL MUSCHAMP will conjure up enough defense to significantly limit the Ole Miss offense and pull out a home win. Could be fascinating to watch Ole Miss star junior LT LAREMY TUNSIL go up against Auburn redshirt sophomore DE CARL LAWSON, potentially the best pure edge rusher in college football if the latter suits up after missing all but the first half of the Tigers’ season opener with a groin injury.

MISSISSIPPI                                                                     AUBURN
#1 LAQUON TREADWELL/WR JR 6’2/229                  #3 JONATHAN JONES/CB 5’10/181
#5 ROBERT NKEMDICHE/DT JR 6’4/295                    #5 RICARDO LOUIS/WR 6’2/215
#7 TRAE ELSTON/S /6’/195                                                #6 DeVONTE LAMBERT/DE 6’2/282
#74 FAHN COOPER/OT 6’5/312                                       #8 CASSANOVA McKINZY/ILB 6’3/253
#78 LAREMY TUNSIL/OT JR 6’5/305                           #17 KRIS FROST/LB /6’2/240
#88 CODY CORE/WR 6’3/195                                            #1 MONTRAVIUS ADAMS/DT JR 6’4/295
#17 EVAN ENGRAM /TE/6’3/235/JR                            #55 CARL LAWSON /DE/6’2/ 260/RSOPH
#12 TONY CONNER /SS /5’11/ 215/ JR

I am giving Penn State the obligatory home field edge with this meeting of two fairly evenly matched teams. State has a nice looking 6-2 mark, but hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record yet. Despite having a serious NFL prospect in CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG at QB HC FRANKLIN is trying to adapt his style of offense, which normally revolves around a mobile QB like a JT BARRETT, compared to the drop back style of HACKENBERG. It still looks like a work in progress. The ILLINI have been surprisingly competitive despite the firing of HC TIM BREWSTER just before the season began. I would not be in shock if Illinois won this game. Both sides have some decent pro prospects.Check out DE CARL NASSIB, who leads FBS players in sacks to date this season.

ILLINOIS                                                                      PENN STATE

#2 V’ANGELO BENTLEY/CB 5’10/190                      #9 JORDAN LUCAS/SS 6’/200
#6 JOSH FERGUSON/RB 5’10/195                          #10 TREVOR WILLIAMS/CB 6’1/196
#8 GERONIMO ALLISON/WR 6’4/195                   #14 CHRIS HACKENBERG/QB JR 6’4/235
#17 JIHAD WARD/DE 6’6/295                                 #87 KYLE CARTER/TE 6’3/240
#27 EATON SPENCE/CB 6’1/185                             #95 CARL NASSIB/DE 6’6/270
#69 TED KARRAS/OG 6’4/310                                 #98 ANTHONY ZETTEL/DL 6’4/278

It strikes me that the Trojans interim Head Coach CLAY HELTON is prepared to take his team on a winning run just like ED ORGERON did two years ago. If that happens let’s see if AD PAT HADEN has the courage to keep HELTON around permanently or if he feels compelled to give in to big money boosters and steal a high profile, glamour guy away from somewhere else… again. CAL is still in rebuilding mode and may struggle through the remainder of their schedule. A big key to watch from a scouting perspective will be QB watching with potentially both starters (KESSLER & GOFF) looking like 2016 NFL Draft first rounders. I am skeptical that CAL’s D can hold up against the huge Trojan OL and their 3-headed RB group.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA                               CALIFORNIA

#6 CODY KESSLER/QB 6’1/215                             #2 DANIEL LASCO/RB 6’/210
#13 KEVON SEYMOUR/CB 6’/185                        #6 DARIUS WHITE/CB 6’1/180
#23 TRE MADDEN/RB 6’1/225                              #7 JALEN JEFFERSON/LB 6’2/235
#52 DALVON SIMMONS/DE 6’5/295                 #16 JARED GOFF/QB JR 6’4/215
#55 LAMAR DAWSON/LB 6’1/230                      #73 JORDAN RIGSBEE/G 6’4/300
#99 ANTWAUN WOODS/DT 6’1/310                  #83 STEPHEN ANDERSON/WR/TE 6’3/220

The Cowboys are still undefeated this season at 7-0, but the tough portion of their schedule starts with this game. MIKE GUNDY/HC seems to do some of his winning with mirrors, certainly not a plethora of potential pro players. TECH may actually have more legit pro prospects right now, and their Offense is very explosive with PATRICK MAHOMES/#5 at the helm, but he’s not draft eligible yet. I’ve not seen STATE play yet this season, but have watched TECH hang tight for at least a half with heavy weights TCU, BAYLOR & OKLAHOMA. State has one of the premier pass rushers in the country in EMMANUEL OGBAH. This should be a fun watch if you like wide open play.

OKLAHOMA STATE                                            TEXAS TECH
#1 KEVIN PETERSON/CB 5’11/190                       #9 BRANDEN JACKSON/DE 6’4/268
#7 BRANDON SHEPERD/WR 6’1/195                #10 PETE ROBERTSON/LB 6’3/238
#10 SETH JACOBS/LB 6’2/225                             #11 JAKEEM GRANT/WR/RS 5’7/170
#36 EMMANUEL OGBAH/DE JR 6’4/275         #62 LeRAVEN CLARK/OT 6’6/315
#44 JEREMY SEATON/TE 6’2/250                     #90 KELAND McELRATH/DT 6’4/307