College Football Preview-Week 4
Written by Curt Popejoy on 09/24/2010
Alright football fans, I am going to flip the script a little on what I normally do. No, I will still do a some predicitions sure to go wrong on a few of the big games. But this is a draft site, so instead of breaking down the games, I'm going to break down 5 prospects to watch for the weekend of college football.
Ryan Mallett, QB Arkansas Razorbacks - This one is a bit of a no-brainer, but there is a ton on the line here for Mallett and his NFL future. I think just about every draft pundit but me had Locker penciled into the #1 overall pick. Well a week after Locker stunk up the field, I suspect there were a lot of erasers working hard. This means that Mallett has a real chance to move up those draft boards, and there's no bigger game that he and his Razorbacks will have. Mallett is not without flaws and against a defense like Alabama, he's going to have to do a much better job in terms of his completion percentage and working in motion. Even if it's just to step up in the pocket to avoid pressure, eyes downfield and make a throw. But assuming that Alabama is going to win this game, this is Mallett's best shot to showcase his skills on a huge stage. Win or lose he must have a big game.
Anthony Castonzo, OT Boston College - In a draft that is sorely lacking an elite LT prospect, and really no clear cut #1 LT prospect, Castonzo has to do his best every week. And this week he dials up a matchup with the Virginia Tech Hokies. And even though the Hokies have struggled, they always find great athletes to rush off the edge and so Castonzo will need to be quick on his feet to stop those undersized edge rushers. I think Castonzo is the best LT in the country, but he doesn't always play like it, so this is his chance to really make a splash.
Patrick Peterson, CB LSU - Peterson is really starting to seperate himself not only among defenive backs, but among players in general in terms of his talent. His man coverage skills are elite across the nation. And against the quick undersized WRs West Virginia puts out there, his skills could be on display in a big way. And I fully expect Peterson to take one to the house on the Mountaineers as well. Easily the #1 prospect in the 2011 NFL draft.
Lastly, Daniel Thomas, RB Kansas State - I realize that the Wildcats don't have a horrible matchup with the UCF Knights, but when you are an NFL prototype RB who's averaging almost 185 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns per game, every game is a chance to be special. Running backs in the NFL are so undervalued that I'm not sure he has a prayer of being a first round pick. But you can just see workhorse NFL back when you watch him play. If your team is going to need a back this offseason, keep a close eye on Thomas.
Predicitions sure to go wrong
- Arkansas over Alabama in a very close game. Instant classic.
- Michigan and Denard Robinson Pilage Bowling Green and pollsters reward them handsomly.
- Rutgers beats the depleted North Carolina Tar Heels.
- Notre Dame wins in a shootout over Stanford at home. Luck works hard to cement himself as a Top 5 pick.
- LSU steps it up at home and whips West Virginia.
- Oregon State can't tame the turf in Boise and loses a big one to Boise State.
- The Stoops boys roll as Arizona and Oklahoma run it up on their opponents.
- My upset special of the week: Arizona State to rebound from a heartbreaking 1-point road loss to Wisconsin, to shut down the Oregon offense.
Last Edited: 09/24/2010