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Miami at Florida State, 8:00 on ABC
- I know that this is a battle between two top seven teams, but I doubt this game will be close. It would be awesome if Stephen Morris finally put forward a consistent performance for an entire game, and perhaps fitting against their top opponent all season.
- Jameis Winston is a total stud. He is poised beyond his years in the pocket and under pressure.
- An under discussed point that is impressive: Winston knows how to put his receivers in situations they win in. For massive receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who stands 6’5/234 pounds, Winston throws high in tight coverage for Benjamin to high point. Compare that to Rashad Greene, a speedy yards after the catch type. Winston leads him into the open field to let the magic happen in space.
- Finally, be sure to watch FSU’s defense. Senior DB Lamarcus Joyner and LB Telvin Smith both have futures in nickel packages in the NFL, which should be considered a starting role.
Michigan vs Michigan State, 3:30 on ABC
- Despite a 6-1 record, Michigan QB Devin Gardner has struggled to take care of the football. This game might show more of the same.
- Left tackle Taylor Lewan could have a tough time against an aggressive Spartans defensive line. The unit has recorded 18 on the season. Lewan can waist bend and drop his head on contact, but he is reliable for the most part.
- The real matchup will be on the outside with Michigan State senior CB Darqueze Dennard and compact receiver Jeremy Gallon. We’ve talked about Dennard and how physical he is, but there aren’t many receivers like Gallon in college football. He’s short, but doesn't mind leaving his feet and attacking the football at its highest point, similar to Golden Tate.
Nevada at Fresno State, 10:30 on ESPNU
- Fresno State has a legitimate chance at a BCS bowl with their current rank of 16.
- Derek Carr, yes David’s younger brother, leads the Bulldogs offensively. About a third of Fresno State’s passes are screens near the line of scrimmage, but Carr can really rip it when given the chance.
- His footwork can be very unbalanced, but I could totally see a comparison to Jay Cutler if an evaluator really likes what he sees. There has already been first-round buzz in the media.