Alabama’s matchup against LSU in Death Valley is the obvious game of the week, especially in terms of NFL prospects. The rosters of both teams are chock full of elite players, Clemson vs. Florida State last week and Ohio State vs Michigan at the end of the month are the only other games on the regular season slate that have comparable NFL talent.
#11 Florida @ Arkansas - 3:30 ET
The Gators look superior on paper, but Arkansas is tough and has faced a much more challenging schedule this season.
Florida is led by a top notch defense featuring playmakers on every level - DT Caleb Brantley, LBs Alex Anzalone Jarrad Davis, CB Teez Tabor and FS Marcus Maye. Arkansas’ top pro prospects are TE Jeremy Sprinkle, OT Dan Skipper C Frank Ragnow DT Taiwan Johnson and DE Deatrich Wise Jr.
Expect Florida to utilize a ball control offense to limit big plays from underrated QB Austin Allen.
#1 Alabama @ #13 LSU - 8:00 ET
The Crimson Tide’s excellent defense will be tested against LSU’s dynamic rushing attack.
RB Leonard Fournette is coming off a dominant performance against Ole Miss, but will need help from top C Ethan Pocic and his fellow lineman to find more running room against Alabama than his 31-yards last season. Alabama has a trio of elite pass rushers - DE Jonathan Allen, OLB Ryan Anderson and OLB Tim Williams - to compliment talented corners, but their secondary took a hit with the loss of FS Eddie Jackson for the season. The Tigers defense features some athletic specimens as well between DT Davon Godchaux, OLB Arden Key, ILB Kendall Beckwith, CB Tre’Davious White and S Jamal Adams.
If LSU can contain freshman QB Jalen Hurts in the early going, the home crowd could spur them to pull off the upset.
#10 Nebraska at #6 Ohio State - 8:00 ET
Both programs have one loss on the season, but Nebraska has exceeded expectations while Ohio State is slumping.
The Buckeyes boasts a well rounded roster. The players to watch on defense are ILB Raekwon McMillan, DE Tyquan Lewis, FS Malik Hooker and CB Marshon Lattimore. Ohio State may lean on the power running of Mike Weber behind interior lineman Pat Elflein and Billy Price since four Nebraska defensive backs have at least three interceptions, led by S Nathan Gerry. The Cornhuskers play a physical brand of football on both sides of the ball, and the QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. to WR Jordan Westerkamp connection could pay dividends.
Nebraska’s Blackshirts defense should play well enough to make this a close game.