Rutgers versus Kansas (Big Ten Network, 12pm ET)
Rutgers: Kemoko Turay, LB/DE, RS Sophomore
When it comes to pure bend ability (i.e. Von Miller) there's no one better in the nation than Kemoko Turay out of Rutgers. He is one of the most physically intriguing prospects in the nation and he shows all of the ability to bend around the edge and get to the quarterback. While he's not the most polished prospect in the country, he has arguably the most upside out of any prospect in all of college football. For the Falcons, he would fit in well at strongside linebacker behind Brooks Reed or LEO (weakside defensive end) behinds Vic Beasley. Either way, he;s one of the most tantalizing prospects in the nation and Dan Quinn would love to get his hand on him.
#1 Ohio State versus Western Michigan (ABC, 3:30pm ET)
Ohio State: Darron Lee, LB, Redshirt Sophomore
Western Michigan: Corey Davis, WR, Junior
While this game features a "heavyweight" against a "lightweight", both teams have some high profile talent that would be nice pieces in Atlanta. Ohio State features redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee, who's one of the best linebackers in the country. He really has no holes in his game. He and play both the run and the pass effectively and is one of the most athletic players in the country. Through two games he's show superstar ability and would be a massive upgrade in the Falcons Cover Three defense over Paul Worrilow.
Corey Davis (6'3". 205) is one of the best receivers in the entire nation, despite playing at a small school. He lacks elite burst and speed, but more than makes up for it at the catch point with his size and tenacity. Right now, he looks like a poor man's version of Larry Fitzgerald with his size and playmaking ability, but he would be more than adequate across from a receiver like Julio Jones. Davis is a future stud to watch out for and he would be a perfect fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Kentucky versus #25 Missouri (7:30pm ET, SEC Network)
Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
Like Michael Sam and Kony Ealy, Kentrell Brothers isn't one of the more athletic linebackers in the country, but he plays with solid fundamentals. He's a very smart player that reads his run fits and pass coverage keys very well and is rarely out of position. Brothers is following the mold of Paul Dawson and Paul Worrilow, but he takes on blocks and understands the function of the defense better than those two. He could be a future Falcon and would fit in perfectly with what new head coach Dan Quinn is trying to do on defense.
Arizona State versus #19 USC (10:30pm ET, ESPN)
Su'a Cravens, LB/S, USC
There aren't too many marquee matchups in college football this weekend, but USC taking on Arizona State is one of them. Su'a Cravens plays a hybrid linebacker/safety role for USC, and he would be perfect fit for William Moore's role as the strong safety in this scheme.
In this scheme, the strong safety is asked to be an extra defender in the box versus the run before defending the middle of the field in the passing game. This is a perfect fit for Su'a Cravens abilities. He's a big hybrid player (6'1". 225) and can fit as both the strong safety and the weakside linebacker. While his best fit (in my opinion at least) would be as weakside linebacker, he can definitely play as the strong safety in this scheme complementing Ricardo Allen. His tenacity, physicality, and effort would gel well with the coaching staff and I could see Dan Quiinn and Richard Smith falling in love with him.
Hope everyone has a great college football Saturday!