Leading 24-3 after three quarters, Louisville looked well on its way to its 10th win of the season. Memphis stormed back in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns and stopped the Cardinals offense to get the ball back late before a roughing the punter penalty cost them a final shot at tying the game. A game that was far from action-packed lost some of its luster before kickoff when it was learned Louisville junior safety Calvin Pryor would not play, which we later learned was due to a violation of team rules.no comments
This game was an exciting back and forth game, that featured the Pitt defense playing a strong ‘bend don’t break’ style defense in the 2nd half, while its offense made the big plays to get into the end zone. Both teams feature numerous pro prospects who stood out in the game, particularly Aaron Donald and Tom Savage.
Unfortunately, it also saw multiple prospects leave with injuries (Marquis Spruill and Devin Street). Overall it was a classic, hard fought, low-scoring affair between two teams fighting to get into bowl games.
Clemson’s offense and defense came ready to play as soonas the game started and they didn’t look back. They were able to jump out to a quick 20-0 lead which Georgia Tech couldn’t recover from. Clemson’s defense played close to the line and used an inside blitz to force Georgia Tech to the outside where Clemson’s speed was able to contain them.
They showed some weakness against the seam routes, which forced Georgia Tech to throw the ball. On offense, Clemson showed good balance to their offense, but hit their big plays by using their taller WRs against Georgia Tech’s small secondary. Clemson’s big test will come against South Carolina in two weeks and we’ll find out if they truly are a top-10 team.
With just one win in Conference USA play and two on the season, Tulsa (2-7, 1-4) was not expected to compete with Marshall (6-3, 4-1) even on their home field. Not only did the Golden Hurricane compete, but they had a 34-31 lead late in the fourth quarter before allowing two touchdowns to give the Thundering Herd the game. Marshall’s run defense was struggling heading into the game and Tulsa took advantage, riding senior running back Trey Watts all night long.no comments
A third-team all-Florida defender his senior year of high school, Khalil Mack, now at the University of Buffalo, wound up playing Division 1 football nearly 1,300 miles away from his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. Now, everyone is guessing where he'll play next.
Mack is on the top of everyone's big boards and mock drafts at the moment, and could potentially give the Mid-American Conference their first back-to-back top-10 selections in some time. Could he be the second pass-rusher off the board after superstar Jadeveon Clowney? Time will tell. One thing's for sure, he's going to make an impact wherever he ends up.no comments
The game was dominated by defense for the entire first half. Duke went into the locker room up 10-0. Things changed in the 3rd quarter as we saw 2 return touchdowns and multiple turnovers that caused scoring to pick up pretty quick, although still in Duke’s favor. Both teams used two QBs in an attempt to find a starter and neither one is any closer to an answer.
Both teams featured subpar passing games, moreso power by their special teams and turnovers by their defense. With my first in-depth look at NC State, I wasn’t presently surprised to find a few interesting prospects. No one in this game will be a 1st Round pick this season, but plenty of mid-to-late round prospects who will make an impact in the NFL, particularly on defense.
This week’s battle for first place in the American Athletic Conference between UCF and Houston came down to the wire. The Cougars had four chances inside the Golden Knight’s 10-yard line down by 5 with under a minute left in the game but the UCF defense held, ensuring that the Golden Knights control their own destiny for a BCS bowl berth.
A game of that magnitude would go a long way to making a few offensive stars for UCF household names around the nation, while scouts are already well aware of their talents.
Coming into the 2013 season, Jay Bromley, the Syracuse defensive tackle, had only four sacks in his previous two years as a starter for the Orange. Currently, the 6'4" 293-pound defensive lineman leads the FBS in sack yardage and is one quarterback take down behind Pittsburgh's highly touted Aaron Donald for the FBS lead in sacks by an interior linemen.
Yet, there's very little national love for the senior. The team captain was Syracuse's defensive representative for ACC Media Day. Bromley explained that he's, "always been under the radar." But after playing through an ankle injury that caused him to miss fall camp in 2012, Bromley's bounced back, and is an emerging name, at least in the ACC.
With injuries to star running back Lache Seastrunk and the speedy receiver Tevin Reese in the first half, Baylor’s offense struggled against the Sooners fast flowing defense and physical corner play. Still, thanks to stellar defensive play in the first half, Baylor righted the ship as the game progressed and simply won the game in the trenches.
Oklahoma’s gameplan of committing 7 bodies in the box held Baylor in check early, as the previously mentioned defensive back play allowed the Sooners to stay in cover 1 looks. The issue with Oklahoma is no semblance of consistency at the quarterback position, where Blake Bell showed little to no velocity control or accuracy to his passes in this game. Baylor stayed undefeated and passed their first test on a national stage, but there were a number of 2014 draft prospects that stood out in this game.
More than 20 NFL teams were represented in Palo Alto to watch one of the more anticipated games of the 2013 college football season. Needless to say, it wasn’t quite the outcome many were expecting as Stanford stymied Oregon to a season-low 20 points on their way to a huge win.
The stories of the night were Stanford’s dominant offensive line and Oregon’s inability to get any sort of rhythm on offense. Regardless, scouts got to see some of football’s best prospects play against top competition. We saw the ceilings of some prospects, while others exposed their floors.