In the last week of college football before Bowl Season, some of the top teams in college football will face off for the honors of being a conference champion. In such big games, you know teams’ top prospects will be ready to show off on such a large national state.
- Anthony Miller, Wide Receiver, Memphis (No. 3): Miller might not be the biggest or the fastest receiver, but the senior pass catcher is one of the more polished players in the country right now. He is an excellent route runner with strong hands and toughness to make grabs in traffic. Today’s match up with UCF (12 PM ET on ABC) will more than like become a shoot out and Miller will constantly be called on to help Memphis respond to UCF’s high octane offense.
- Nick Orr, Safety, TCU (No. 18) : The Horned Frogs’ stingy defense (for the Big 12) has played a massive role in their success this season and Nick Orr is part of the glue that holds the unit together. The 5’10”, 187 pound senior is instinctual, rangy and physical for his size; he does a good job stopping the run for a guy who does his best work far off the ball. Today’s match up with Oklahoma (12:30 PM ET on Fox) will give TCU another chance at toppling one of the country’s top teams after they lost to the Sooners a few weeks ago in a 38-20 bout. Orr will need to play great football and potentially cause some turnovers, or the Sooner offense will roll the Frogs once again.
- Roquan Smith, Linebacker, Georgia (No. 3): Quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects in the country; Roquan Smith has been an X-Factor on Georgia’s outstanding season. He is a human missile who can cover, blitz and stop the run. His skill set will be integral to the Bulldogs staving off a resurgent Auburn team in the SEC Title game (4PM on CBS). Auburn loves to run the ball and they have the ability to pass it as well. Smith will need to be his normal, dominant self and Georgia should be able to limit an explosive Tigers offense enough for them to win.
- Cedrick Wilson, Wide Receiver, Boise State (No. 1): Cedrick Wilson is one of the more underrated players in the country right now. The 6’3”, 190 pound senior has a large, lanky frame with long arms and he does a great job using them to dominate defensive backs in the Mountain West Conference. Over the last two years; Wilson has averaged over 18 yards per catch, scored 17 touchdowns through the air and put up over 2,200 yards. He is the X-factor on Boise State’s offense. Today’s match up against Fresno State (7:45 PM ET on ESPN) will make Wilson face a stingy pas defense. Wilson will have a big stage to show off, finally, and hopefully his performance helps upset the #25 ranked Bulldogs.
- Christian Wilkins, Defensive Lineman, Clemson (No. 42): Christian Wilkins is one of many talented players on Clemson’s defensive line. The 6’4”, 300 pound junior has athletic ability to play anywhere on the line but he does his best work at defensive tackle. The ACC Championship against Miami (8 PM ET on ABC) will feature a Hurricane team looking to amend for their let down performance against Pitt last week. The Hurricanes will be back on their A-Game and Wilkins & Co. will need to knock them off of it.
- Jerome Baker, Linebacker, Ohio State (No. 17): Ohio State has a chance to get themselves back into the College Football Playoff Conversation today if they can knock off the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers (8 PM ET on FOX). Wisconsin is going to try to run the ball down the Buckeyes throat and Ohio State will need stellar play from their linebackers to prevent that from happening. Baker, a 225 pound linebacker, is a speedy defender who is third on Ohio State in tackles. His speed makes him an excellent blitzer and cover defender; but obviously can pose some issues defending against heavy running teams. Baker is not a bad run defender, just inconsistent and he will need a strong game today to stop Jonathan Taylor, but also to show he has three-down ability for the NFL.