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Games of the Week

Week 5

Week 5 of the College football season is upon us and we are only three weeks from the first release by the panel tasked at selecting 4 teams for the first ever college football playoff. Below are the 5 biggest games on the slate this week.

After a splendid debut, we are going to continue with our segment featuring our in house scout, Bret Lagasse.

 

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

#11 UCLA Bruins (3-0) at #15 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0)

10 pm FOX Sports One

 

Both teams are coming off a bye weekend to play a mid week game this week. Both teams are also nursing injured quarterback. UCLA may be without Brett Hundley, who hyper-extended his elbow against Texas and Arizona St is without Taylor Kelly who injured his foot. In their last games Arizona St opened up Pac 12 play with a win over the Colorado Buffalos, while UCLA came back to defeat the Texas Longhorns in Jerry’s World with back up quarter back Jerry Neuheisel. Both teams will be hoping their starting quarterbacks return for this very important conference game.

 

QB Brett Hundley UCLA Bruins

 

Hundley will be questionable to return this week after injuring his non-throwing elbow against the Texas Longhorns. Hundley at the start of the season was a top QB prospect but has not fared well this season. Only throwing for 686 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in three starts. Hundley will have to step his game up in Pac 12 play if he wants to carry his team back to a Pac 12 championship and a spot in this years playoffs.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Hundley has a strong arm, and throws one of the best deep balls out of any of the draft eligible quarterbacks.”                                                                        – Bret LaGasse

 

WR Jaelen Strong Arizona State Sun Devils

 

Jaelen Strong is the Sun Devil’s playmaker. He is electric with the ball in his hands. Strong has compiled 19 receptions for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. Strong is also an above average blocker on the outside for an outstanding run game. Strong is one of the best available receivers in this years crop.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Big, Fast, Strong wide receiver that makes plays for ASU. He is a playmaker with the ball in his hands.                                                                                     – Bret LaGasse

 

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

#16 Stanford Cardinal (2-1) at Washington Huskies (4-0)

4:15 pm FOX

 

After suffering a loss at the hands of the Trojans of USC, Stanford shut out the Army Black Knights 35-0. This week they will return to Pac 12 action with a visit to the Washington Huskies. Chris Peterson has his huskies playing well with victories over Georgia State and Illinois the last two weeks. This week the competition ramps up as they start conference play. The Huskies will be looking for the upset as the Cardinals look to right the ship in the Pac 12.

 

WR Ty Montgomery Stanford Cardinal

 

Ty Montgomery is Stanford’s go to guy and he has ten more catches then any other player on the roster. Montgomery has 22 catches, 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. Montgomery is a weapon on the field and also returns kicks and punts. He will be hearing his name this spring at the NFL Draft.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Big play waiting to happen. Get him the ball and he will make a big play. Once he gets the ball in his hand, he turns into a running back, and is difficult to tackle “            – Bret LaGasse

 

NT Danny Shelton Washington Huskies

 

Shelton has been an absolute beast this season. In four starts this season he has 27 tackles and 6 sacks. He has been almost un-blockable. The senior defensive lineman will be highly coveted come this spring.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Much like Vince Wilfork, Shelton has mammoth size, and is near impossible to block. Shelton is an immovable object and is lighter on his feet than he appears.”                                                                                                                        – Bret LaGasse

 

 

 

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Missouri Tigers (3-1) at #13 South Carolina (3-1)

7 p.m. ESPN

 

The Missouri Tigers will look to rebound from an embarrassing home loss to the Big Ten’s Indiana. South Carolina has bounced back nicely after falling in their season to Texas A&M. They have started off their SEC slate 2-1 with two straight victories over Georgia and Vanderbilt. The Tigers start their SEC season, which will carry them through the end of the season. One team will be looking pretty after this game the other will be poised for a second tier bowl come December.

 

DE Markus Golden Missouri Tigers

 

The senior defensive lineman has put up decent numbers this season with 21 tackles and 4 sacks in 4 games played. He will have to come up big in SEC play for the Tigers to have success. Golden has taken over for SEC Defensive player of the year Michael Sam.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Golden has stepped in very nicely in place of Michael Sam and Koney Ealy. Golden is a solid prospect and does everything asked of him.”                                     -Bret LaGasse

 

WR Shaq Roland South Carolina Gamecocks

 

Roland has taken over the role that Bruce Ellington held last season. Roland has become the guy opposing defenses are targeting. Even though his numbers aren’t huge he is opening up spots for his fellow receivers to excel. He has 14 catches for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season. Roland should draw interest from WR needy teams this year.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Much like Ellington, Roland is a fast, explosive wide receiver that gives the Gamecocks an edge.”                                                                         – Bret LaGasse

 

 

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Oregon State Beavers (3-0) at #18 USC Trojans (2-1)

10:30 pm ESPN

 

The undefeated Beavers travel down the coast to Los Angeles to take on the Trojans of USC. Coming off a heart breaking loss at Boston College, USC will look to continue their PAC 12 run against Oregon St. After defeating Stanford on the road, the Trojans are looking to extend their lead in their division. The Beavers come in undefeated with victories over Portland St, Hawaii and San Diego State. The Beaver have a high flying offense led by Sean Mannion which will need to be running on all cylinders against a stout defense led by DT Leonard Williams.

 

QB Sean Mannion Oregon State Beavers

 

Mannion comes in completing over 67% of his passes totaling 903 yards and 4 touchdowns. This week his competition will be much tougher. We will have to wait and see how he responds. In the past he as put up decent numbers against Pac 12 competition. Mannion is definetly a pro style prospect looking to increase his stock in a big game.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Mannion has been a productive quarterback in Oregon State’s system, but he has much to improve on. However he still possesses a high ceiling.”            -Bret LaGasse

 

DT Leonard Williams USC Trojans

 

Leonard Williams is the absolute best defensive tackle in the nation. He has tallied 23 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. He was named the Pac 12 player of the week, when he led the Trojans to a 13-10 upset of the Stanford Cardinal. Williams is of the best prospects regardless of position and could be one of the first three names called on draft day.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ One of the most versatile players in the country. He is a disruptive force that is dominate at the line of scrimmage.”                                                            -Bret LaGasse

 

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0) at #22 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1)

6 p.m. Big Ten Network

 

An interstate battle, at the beginning of the season looked to be a typical blowout with the Buckeyes handling the Bearcats. However, with the loss of Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes are not the powerhouse they once were. The Bearcats have played well in both games this season but have only faced mediocre teams at best. The Buckeyes are coming off a 66-0 drubbing of the Kent State Golden Flashes and look to continue their bounce back from a home defeat at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies. JT Barrett has been erratic at times but has been up to the task of replacing Miller. The Buckeyes will look to get ready for Big Ten play which they kickoff next week, but first must get past Cincinnati.

 

LT Eric Lefeld Cincinnati Bearcats

 

Lefeld is a four-year starter, shifting from right tackle to left tackle as a freshman. Lefeld is the keystone to the Bearcats offensive line. Lefeld is mammoth at 6’6” and 310 pounds. Lefeld has the size, experience and intangibles to be successful at the next level.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ Lean athletic build offensive tackle, who quality pass blocker and a solid run blocker.”                                                                                                            -Bret LaGasse

 

CB Doran Grant Ohio State Buckeyes

 

Doran Grant has been the leader of the Buckeyes defense for the last two seasons. Grant this season has compiled 8 tackles and 3 passes defended. He is vocal leader of this defense and with the loss of Braxton Miller, his leadership has stepped in to keep the ship afloat.  Grant is a solid corner and should be a solid mid round pick next year.

 

Scout’s Take:

“ The lone bright spot in the lack luster Ohio State defense. Grant has been very good when locking up in man to man coverage.”            -Bret LaGasse

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