As always, I'm going to pick out three games that are worth watching this weekend. With the Jets having already played this week, these games should settle your football anxiety for a little while.
Alabama @ Texas A&M
Now this is a game and a half, the #1 Crimson Tide visiting College Station and the #6 Aggies. This is going to be a great game, Alabama lost one game last season, and you guessed it....it came at the hands of Manziel and the Aggies. Texas A&M is coming in at 2-0 and Alabama are 1-0 this year. Both teams have the capability to go undefeated this season and this may be the toughest test for both teams.
All the attention will be on Manziel, and CBS actually have a camera that will focus on him alone for the entirety of the game. That's going to be one boring camera if the Alabama defense can get their running game going and sustain some long drives. Alabama's offensive line looked out of sorts in week one, however they are replacing elite talent with three new starters on the line. The communication needs to be better and they need to open some lanes.
Texas A&M will be welcoming back talented cornerback Deshazor Everett who missed the game against Rice for violating a team policy.
So who to watch? where to start more like. Lets start with the obvious J Football is the man in the spotlight and rightfully so. He is on track for another Heisman campaign and he dominated the impressive Alabama defense last year. He seems arrogant and not very likeable, but he sure can play football. Protecting his blindside you have in my opinion the best tackle in college football and sure-fire top 10 selection in the 2014 NFL draft, Jake Matthews. Mike Evans is only in his second season in college but he is proving to be one of the most dangerous receiving targets in the nation, two games into his season he has a pair of touchdowns and 239 yards. On the back of a 1,000 yard season as a true Freshman. Cedric Ogbuehi is a very talented offensive lineman, he played right guard last season however he has been flipped to RT now that Matthews has moved to LT replacing 2013 first round selection Joeckel, he is definitely one to watch.
Alabama is stacked with talent, as it always is. However here are a few names to watch out for. Personally I think their best prospect this year is linebacker C.J Mosley. He had 107 tackles last season and his instincts for the play are off the charts. Offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has all the raw talent to be a top 15 selection, however he'll need to improve his feet to challenge Matthews for the top spot. A.J McCarron is off to a shaky start with a 43.5% completion percentage and a touchdown/interception in week one. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix may have the best name in college football but he has talent to go with it. He's one of the premier free safeties in college football, and with the Jets needing to improve at safety, you could hear his name a lot. Adrian Hubbard the OLB is another very talented player with tons of athletic ability, but I want to see more explosion from him.
This is the featured game this week and you won't want to miss it!
UCLA @ Nebraska
Players to Watch: UCLA: OLB Anthony Barr has it all, instincts, athletic ability, power, speed. He just needs to put it all together after being converted from the offensive side of the ball. QB Brett Hundley is one of the finest QB's in college football, he completed over 66% of his passes last year with 29 td's to just 11 ints. Xavier Su'a Filo is a tremendous guard and I'm delighted that UCLA decided to move him inside to LG instead of keep him out at LT. He is much more suited to playing inside with his short compact frame.
Players to Watch: Nebraska: WR Kenny Bell, 17.3 yard average per reception last season with 8 touchdowns, he could be one of the best receivers in the country with better QB play. OG Spencer Long is a straight-out mauler, he plays at RG and brings bags of experience. He'll play through the whistle on every snap. A great players to watch if you like your guards nasty. RB Ameer Abdullah, I couldn't wait to see Ameer after Burkhead left for the NFL and he hasn't disappointed. So far he has 228 yards, 2 touchdowns and a 6.3 yards per carry average. One to watch!
Ole Miss @ Texas
Players to Watch: Ole Miss: WR Donte Moncrief. Probably one of my favourite receivers coming into this season, he has bags of talent and always finds the end-zone. He's off to a flying start with 130 yards, a touchdown and 18.6 yard average per reception. RB Jeff Scott, a little undersized and not an elite talent, but he finds the crease, and so far this season he's rushing at 10.4 yards a clip and he's already caught 5 passes out the backfield. ILB Mike Marry, he may not have a ton of speed, but he is strong and reliable, possessing good attributes for a insider backer.
Players to Watch: Texas: DE Jackson Jeffcoat. Jackson possesses an excellent blend of size and speed and his 16.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks in 2011 were eye opening. CB Quandre Diggs, Diggs in my opinion is just an exceptional football player, he has excellent instincts, great closing speed, good agility to adjust and playmaking ability to force turnovers. Unless Texas can stop the run he won't have much chance to show what he can do in pass coverage. OT Donald Hawkins, really impressive tackle with excellent feet, he squares up defenders and his shuffle is quick enough to protect the edge. He'll gain traction throughout the year.