Happy Halloween! For those of you that won't be out partying or Trick or Treating all weekend, be sure to tune into college football because there will be a great slate of games and match ups this weekend.
Kenneth Dixon, Running Back, Louisiana Tech: There are a bevy of talented running backs across the college football landscape, so it would be easy to miss out on the talented senior back down at Louisiana Tech. At 5-10, 213 pounds, Dixon has a thick build and packs a punch in every run. Despite his natural strength, he has plenty of wiggle, burst and home run ability. He can also catch out of the backfield. The well rounded running back will be facing Rice (Friday, 8 PM on FS1) and his being on national TV should not be missed.
Alex Kozan, Guard, Auburn: Auburn has not been the juggernaut that man expected it to be this year, but they are not bereft of talented players. Kozan is a well rounded guard, standing at 6-4, 300 pounds with quick feet and he plays with great attitude and technique. He will be tested facing a stout Ole Miss defensive line (Saturday, 12 PM on ESPN). Kozan's ability to hold the Auburn interior will be critical to them having a chance in the game and it will be a great look at his ability against NFL caliber players.
Jared Goff, Quarterback, Cal: Jared Goff is coming off a rough stretch of games where he has wilted against better competition. Against USC, (Saturday, 3 PM on Fox) Goff has to rebound and show he can play at a high level against more athletic defenses. USC beat up on a very talented Utah team last week. The same Utah team that picked Goff off five times... A lot of people will be watching closely tomorrow at who many regard to be a top quarterback prospect.
Jacoby Brissett, Quarterback, NC State: Jacoby Brissett is probably my favorite quarterback prospect this year. He has every tool in the book and plays with a lot of moxie. This weekend will be the biggest test of his career, most likely. Clemson is the third ranked team in the country and has an incredibly talented defense. Brissett will need to show he can play a defense like that at a high level (Saturday, 3:30 PM on ABC).
Greg Pyke, Guard, Georgia: John Theus gets most of the press on the Georgia offensive line, but Pyke may be the better prospect. The 6-6, 313 pound guard has immense arm length and packs a violent punch. Georgia will be facing a stout Florida defense (Saturday, 3:30 PM on CBS) that features Jonathan Bullard up front. Pyke can do a lot for his NFL stock by holding Florida in check and paving the way for Georgia's running game and passing game.
Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge, Oklahoma State: Emmanuel Ogbah is an incredibly athletic defensive end for the Cowboys. He has every physical tool in the book to be a successful NFL defender, albeit he is a bit raw. Ogbah will be key for the Cowboys to hold the Texas Tech passing offense in check (Saturday, 3:30 on ESPN). Ogbah will be facing TTU's Leraven Clark, who is a hell of an NFL prospect at tackle himself... It should be a fun match up to watch and an important to see how Ogbah impacts a high volume passing offense.
Isaac Seumalo, Center, Oregon State: Seumalo is one of my favorite offensive linemen in the country. He is athletic, nasty and can play any interior position on a line. He will have to be on point against Utah (Saturday, 7 PM, on Pac 12 Network). Utah has a very physical defense and Seumalo will need to pave the way for Oregon State and keep the offensive line together against a very good opponent.
Jeremy Cash, Safety, Duke: Jeremy Cash is one of my favorite players in the country, period. He is instinctive, plays at full speed and can play all over the field. He seems like a prototypical Chip Kelly player with his field IQ, size and versatility. Though Cash faces a Miami team that is licking it's wounds (Saturday, 7 PM on ESPNU), Miami still has the athletes on offense to make noise. It will be important for Cash to be his normal sense and make plays against the run and pass.
Sheldon Day, Defensive Linemen, Notre Dame: Though Jaylon Smith gets a lot of the publicity on the Fighting Irish defense, Day does a lot of the dirty work that helps Smith make the plays he does. Day is a versatile, high motor defensive linemen who plays with great leverage and a good anchor. Day has a huge task on Saturday against a Temple (!!!!) offense that loves to run the ball (8 PM on ABC). Day will need to be his disruptive self to keep the Horned Owls in check.
Kodi Whitfield, Safety, Stanford: Stanford rarely has sexy prospects on either side of the ball, but the 6-2, 200 pound safety brings intrigue with his versatility, field IQ and how much he flies all over the field. Whitfield faces a prolific Washington State offense that loves to throw the football (Saturday, 10:30 PM on ESPN). Whitfield must play sound football to limit Wazzu as well as show he can hold up in coverage against heavy passing offenses.
I know a lot of people will be out celebrating the holiday this weekend, but there is lots of great football to watch if you are so inclined.