Game Details: Saturday, September 8th at 12:00 p.m. on ABC
The Matchup: Malcolm Kelly is coming off an exceptional game against North Texas. Kelly, as well as the rest of the Sooners offense, exploited the Mean Green defense hauling in four receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. At 6-foot-4, 217-pounds, Kelly has the size, speed, and skills to post these numbers each week. On the other hand, he will have a tough matchup in Week 2 when Oklahoma hosts Miami. Hurricanes junior safety Kenny Phillips is regarded as the best safety in the nation. His coaches at Miami say he has "the body of Sean Taylor" and "the knowledge and speed of Ed Reed." Now that's high praise. In Miami's season opener against Marshall, Phillips collected five total tackles (1 solo, 4 assisted) in the Hurricanes' 31-3 win.
Game Details: Saturday, September 8th at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN 2
The Matchup: One of the best leaders in the country, Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan showed poised and polish in the Eagles' 38-28 win over Wake Forest. Ryan completed 32-of-52 passes for 408 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. This offensive outburst by Ryan wasn't expected as he only amassed 15 touchdowns all of last season. Ryan appears destined to have a breakout season offensively and to solidify his status as an elite quarterback in college football. NC State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley is a solid all around player. He uses his strength to his advantage and uses proper technique in the trenches. In the Wolfpacks 25 - 23 loss to Central Florida, Pressley showed excellent quickness off the line of scrimmage and totaled four tackles (1 solo, 3 assisted) and a sack. Pressley looks to get the Pack back on track this weekend and add to that sack total against Ryan and his Eagles.
Game Details: Saturday, September 8th at 3:30 p.m. on ABC
The Matchup: Shawn Crable and the Michigan defense look to take their anger and frustration out on the Oregon Ducks this weekend after suffering one of the worst losses in NCAA history to Division I-AA powerhouse Appalachian State. In the 34-32 Michigan defeat, Crable showed why he's considered to be a top linebacker in the country. He recorded 10 tackles (8 solo, 2 assisted), a force fumble, and 1.5 sacks. Crable was all over the field making play after play, but overall as a unit the Wolverines defense didn't get the job done. Oregon poses a tough matchup for Michigan. The Ducks have great offensive weapons, starting with running back/return specialist Jonathan Stewart. Stewart had 14 carries for 67 yards in Oregon's 48-27 defeat over Houston. Stewart also starred on special teams, flashing excellent speed and vision, which was highlighted by a 44-yard return. Crable has a tough task of holding Stewart in check this week.
Game Details: Saturday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN
The Prospects: Notre Dame, S - Tom Zbikowski (Sr.) vs. Penn State, QB - Anthony Morelli (Sr.)
The Matchup: Anthony Morelli is ready for prime time. He's ready to emerge as a top quarterback in college football. His performance against Florida International, although it wasn't against a top team, was impressive. Morelli completed 23-of-38 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He took a step in the right direction and looks to continue his strong play this weekend against the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame starting safety Tom Zbikowski is an aggressive, instinctive player who has a nose for the ball. In the Irish's loss to Georgia Tech last Saturday, Zbikowski was a non-factor by recording only four tackles. Zbikowski is a top-flight return specialist for Notre Dame as well, and didn't have the opportunity to show his skills on special teams against the Yellow Jackets. Morelli will look to take advantage of the young Irish defense and take it right to Zbikowski.
Game Details: Saturday, September 8th at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN
The Matchup: This is the best matchup of the weekend -- Virginia Tech's star cornerback Brandon Flowers going up against LSU's star receiver Early Doucet. Doucet possesses excellent speed, size, and athleticism that make him dangerous in the open field. He had a tremendous game against Mississippi State, hauling in nine receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. Doucet is prime for a breakout year. The man who looks to put a halt to that breakout year is Hokies shutdown corner Brandon Flowers. Flowers has nice size (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) and is a playmaker in the secondary. He's not afraid to mix it up against the run and is physical with receivers off the line of scrimmage. Flowers totaled 10 tackles (6 solo, 4 assisted) and a sack in Virginia Tech's 17-7 victory over East Carolina last weekend. He will have to be even more aggressive this weekend as he has a tough battle against Doucet.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.