Week six of college football is upon us. At this point in the season, players and teams alike have established themselves among their peers. With six games played, it is safe to say who some of the best prospects and squads are across the whole country. Today, a lot of those top prospects will face big tests as they continue to push forward. Here is who I am keeping an eye on.
Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU v. Utah State (12 PM on SECN): Utah State is a solid squad this year with a potential NFL quarterback at the helm in Jordan Love. LSU’s defense has no easy test and eyes will be on Kristian Fulton to stymie Utah’s passing attack. Fulton is widely considered a top cornerback prospect and this week will be another opportunity to shut down a formidable opponent.
KJ Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State v. Purdue (12 PM on ESPN): KJ Hamler has quietly been one of the most explosive receivers in the country this year. The 5’9” speedster has averaged over 22 yards per catch and scored three touchdowns on only 16 catches. Penn State faces a Purdue team that can score at any moment, so Hamler could be in high use if this game goes back and forth.
Tristian Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa v. Michigan (12 PM on Fox): Iowa has a few badass offensive linemen to keep an eye on, but Wirfs’ top tier athletic ability makes his especially interesting. Today’s game with Michigan is bound to be a slug fest, so Wirfs grinding in the run game and keeping Nate Stanley clean will be more imperative.
Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida v. Auburn (3:30 PM on CBS): Florida has a few defensive guys to keep an eye on, but I am particularly intrigued by Jabari Zuniga in this match up. Auburn has a very good offense, catalyzed in part by their excellent offensive line. Zuniga has been extremely disruptive this year and needs another big game to help Florida stay undefeated.
Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame v. Bowling Green (3:30 PM on NBC): Julian Okwara has shown some amazing flashes this year. The senior defender is an excellent athlete and has dominated opponents at will. Last week, in a tough match up with Virginia, Okwara went off for three sacks. Okwara still needs to prove consistency and follow up his clutch performance last week with another big game against a lowly opponent. Teams want to see defensive linemen, and most prospects, play well on a week to week basis. Okwara staying hot will mean a looooong day for Bowling Green.
George Campbell, Wide Receiver, WVU v. Texas (3:30 PM on ABC): George Campbell has four catches this season, so why the hell is he on this list. Well, they have averaged 25 yards a pop and he has scored on three of them. So needless to say Campbell has proved to be efficient for West Virginia. Texas is going to put points up all four quarters today, so expect WVU to respond by getting Campbell more involved. He has a chance to be a household name today.
Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee v. Georgia (7 PM on ESPN): Tennessee’s outlook against Georgia today is about as grim as it gets. Though the team could be taking to Georgia today like wood to a buzzsaw, there is some potential intrigue at play. Besides Georgia’s bad habit to randomly combust, I am curious to watch Darrell Taylor play against the title contender. Taylor is arguably the Vols’ top defender and if he can rattle Jake Fromm or keep the Georgia running game at bay, Tennessee could stay in it.
JK Dobbins, Running Back, Ohio State v. Michigan State (7:30 on ABC): Probably the best game of the day, there are TONS of players to keep an eye on for both teams. JK Dobbins is of interest because he has been excellent for Ohio State this year running the football and Michigan State is the best defense the Buckeyes have faced all year. Dobbins averages a healthy 18 rushing attempts per game and most of them come in the first two and a half quarters of a game before the Buckeyes pull their starters. In what should be a four quarter game, I will be fascinated to see how Dobbins holds up.
Ashtyn Davis, Safety, California v. Oregon (8 PM on Fox): California is a tough team this year with a lot of solid players, particularly on defense. Ashtyn Davis led the Bears in picks last year and despite not getting his hands on a pass this season, he has been the core of their defense. Against an explosive Oregon offense, it would be a good time for Davis’ ballhawking to come back.
Paulson Adebo, Cornerback, Stanford v. Washington (10:30 PM on ESPN): The hype for Paulson Adebo petered off as Stanford’s season went downhill. He had a bad game, Stanford fell out of any sort of contention and people forgot the cornerback existed. However, he is still a good player with a chance to remind folks today who the hell he is. Washington’s passing game is no joke, but Adebo returning to locking guys up not only would do him a huge favor in terms of draft stock but help Stanford regain their footing on the season.