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Sunday Problems with Saturday Solutions: Week 3

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 31 Boise State v Florida State Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Eagles’ gut-wrenching loss to the Lions can be chalked up to a few things.

Offensively, injuries to key players put pressure on younger guys to perform where they could not. Defensively, however, is an overall lack of talent problem at this point. The pass rush has been unable to generate its signature pressure and the defensive backs have been largely a weakness. While the latter problem most definitely makes the former look worse, there is an absolute truth that this defense needs an influx of talent. From defensive line all the way to safety, the defense has been up, down and a liability in big moments.

Saturday saw a huge day for defensive players, so there is at least that to look forward to. Among defensive linemen South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw and FSU’s Marvin Wilson stood out. Kinlaw was an every down wrecking ball, creating pressure, sacks and key run stops. Wilson had an insane day. He racked up 10 tackles, two sacks, one and a half tackles for a loss and recovered a game sealing fumble. Wilson has already matched his sack and TFL totals from last year in four games and he is poised to continue being a problem for ACC offenses.

On the back end, Washington’s Elijah Molden and Georgia’s JR Reed stood out to me among defensive backs.

This play didn’t count, but it is emblematic of the talent the Washington cornerback had. Molden had four PBUs in Washington’s huge game over BYU, bringing his total to seven on the year. Molden is a smaller defensive back, but he is feisty and has great ball skills. He should continue to be a fixture on the Washington defense.

JR Reed was crucial in Georgia’s big win over Notre Dame. He played sound football all day while remaining a playmaker.

Reed has a high football IQ and range to match. The senior defender is growing into a leader on the Georgia defense and could be playing his way into top safety consideration.