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Who to watch for Stanford and around the country

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Stanford Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State at Stanford

The Stanford defense fell apart during the Washington game. While the Washington State Cougars did not seem to be a threat, the offensive line helped Luke Falk dice up the Oregon defense for 371 yards. Falk is quietly putting together a great season as he already has put up 1,495 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. That means Harrison Phillips and Solomon Thomas need to step up. They have to show up big and play like we thought they would against the Huskies. This is the biggest matchup of the game and could decide the outcome.

Tennessee at Texas A&M

Joshua Dobbs and Jalen Hurd go up against Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall in what is possibly the best matchup of the week as one of the premier pass rushing duos takes on an electric quarterback and an offense that relies on the running game. The winner of this battle definitely wins the game.

Clemson at Boston College:

Deshaun Watson takes on Boston College’s sturdy defensive line. While the Tigers are a far better overall team this is one of those conference trap games after a very intense victory that could be trouble for the Tigers offense. This is a matchup that either reestablishes Watson as college’s best quarterback, or shows that Clemson’s shaky start is not over yet.

Florida State at Miami

Deondre Francois vs. Brad Kaaya will be entertaining all Saturday. Francois has the better number, throwing for 1,323 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. But Kaaya has come on late, passing for 609 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. That gives him 935 yards and 8 touchdowns on the year. With both quarterbacks in pass heavy offenses, this will be a great shootout game and a great quarterback duel.

Alabama at Arkansas

The last matchup I will direct you to is Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III against Alabama’s defensive line. Williams is averaging 111.8 yards a game, but now he will be up against Jonathan Allen, Dakota Ball, Da’Shawn Hand, Da’Ron Payne and Dalvin Tomlinson. Allen and Payne both have scored defensive touchdowns on fumble recoveries. As a group they tally 54 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits, four passes blocked, a blocked kick and 102 negative yards for opposing offenses. This is an imposing line that will force their will, and Williams will have to run right into the eye of the storm.

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