John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
This is one of the most important weekends on the college football schedule this year, so big performances will be magnified. With so many big machups and big games, this could be a Saturday we reference in early 2013 in the build up to the draft.
It's week 10 in college football. Ten's kind of a big thing.
It's the basis for our numerical system. Shrimp have ten feet, and are some darn tasty decapods. Ten is the smallest noncototient (don't ask; I took A LOT of math classes in HS/college...). Supersymmetric string theory posits that there are ten dimensions, unlike the bosonic family of theories (again, don't ask). Ten Commandments. Ten Lost Tribes. But the most important 10 is, obviously...what? First and ten? Oh. Well that's more relevant, but Bo Derek shant be uprooted from the most important 10 ever. EVER.
With none of that in mind, here are some of the more notable prospect matchups tomorrow:
Texas A&M WR #25 Ryan Swope v. Mississippi St. CB #13 Johnthan Banks (12 p.m., ESPN)
Swope's an interesting prospect - not as quick as, say, a Danny Amendola, but bigger. Not as big as Eric Decker, but runs his routes a bit tighter. While he flourished in 2011 with Ryan Tannehill quarterbacking for the Aggies, Johnny Football isn't a normal quarterback by any standard. He's kind of like what a quarterback would look like if he smoked crack just before coming out of the tunnel, but was somehow still good at playing football. In any case, it doesn't do Swope any favors for the casual fan. Still, the talent's there to be an early day 3 candidate. Banks, on the other hand, is looking like a strong 1st round candidate. Pressed into action as a freshman at free safety, Banks moved to CB the next year and has turned into a phenomenal ball-hawker. At 6'2", he's got the size to matchup with NFL wideouts. It's a matter of who for, and I'm hoping it's not for an NFC West team.
Kentucky G #67 Larry Warford v. Vanderbilt DT #84 Rob Lohr (12 p.m., ESPNU)
Warford's legit, guys. I haven't historically been as high on him as my boy Jonathan Cooper; however, in the first Kentucky game I saw this year (yes, I have watched multiple Kentucky football games this year, and yes I am being treated for it), Warford handled Florida DT Sharrif Floyd. Against Mississippi St. and Georgia, he didn't disappoint me either. Put flatly, the word's out, and NFL teams know it. Against a DT of Lohr's caliber (too slow for a DT who's under 300 lbs.), Warford should have a top tier performance.
Pittsburgh FS #18 Jarred Holley v. Notre Dame QB #5 Everett Golson (3:30 p.m., NBC)
This one's a bit tough to suggest is a notable matchup, but I couldn't ignore the game. I mean, Notre Dame undefeated in November and in the national championship discussion? What is this, the early 90's? Pittsburgh's a bit thin for pro prospects, so I'll go with Holley. Problem is, Notre Dame's passing offense is...well, Rams fans will feel quite at home here. Screw it. Golson's just a sophomore, so might as well get a look at him if you haven't yet (and if not, you have plenty of excuses). Come for the game, stay for the Notre Dame prospects worth really checking out: MLB Manti Te'o, TE Tyler Eifert & C Braxston Cave.
Illinois C #76 Graham Pocic v. Ohio St. DT #52 Johnathan Hankins (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
This is a really interesting matchup between Hankins, who is way too versatile for his size, and Pocic, a powerful, tall center. Plus, as bad as Illinois has been coached this season, it makes all the sense in the world that they would beat the Buckeyes...because that would make no sense and it's college football, God bless it.
Oregon DE/3-4 OLB #96 Dion Jordan v. USC OT #77 Kevin Graf (7 p.m., FOX)
Jordan's a fun rusher to watch. Oregon lets him go on almost every play, and he's got the change of direction skills to still play the run adequately. Graf's an experienced, albeit, limited RT. Should be fun to see those two battle knowing that Oregon's going to put up buckets of points and USC has to keep up to win. Plus, Oregon has uniforms.
Alabama Defense v. LSU Defense (8 p.m., ESPN)
Like I said on Facebook yesterday, if you want to watch this, you better get real comfy with punts. BFF status, yo. Look, here's the deal - Alabama's defense is reaaaaaaaaaaaally good. LSU's defense is one of the best in the country. Bama's offense? Meh. With G Chance Warmack and C Barrett Jones, they run the ball well enough. LSU's offense? MEhrrfbkjfbgljtpejrporr (wipes mouth). Oh God, why did I just vomit...anyway, LSU's offense is KILOBFHSIDHJFHGFFETWEWEFEFEFEFFEFEFEEFEFFEFEFEFEFEBRRT. Ok. I can't do it. I can't come up with English words to explain how self-stifled it is. But hey, if there's one coach who can turn a turd into a diamond for one game and not know how it happened, it's Les Miles.
So there you go. Plenty of Saturday prospecting all laid out for you. What matchups interest you the most? What games do you have scheduled in? How would you describe the LSU offense? (Don't blame me if you barf all over your keyboard trying to do so. You've been warned.)