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Players to Watch This Weekend

Some players from around the country that have a chance to perform exceptionally well this week

Pac-12 Championship - Stanford v USC

There are some really good match ups this week which should lead to some great performances, competition breeds greatness. While I would like to find some players I think will do well that you didn't have your eye on, some of these are going to be obvious picks.

Lamar Jackson up against FSU will not only be a great game but a tremendous opportunity for Jackson to prove that his opening stats were not just a product of beating up on weak teams. FSU let up 313 passing yards and four touchdowns to Chad Kelly, so if Jackson is truly an improved pocket passer he has a shot to take it to FSU for 60 minutes and put up some big numbers.

Even though it is just South Carolina State, Mike Williams is one of the most exciting wide receivers in college football. While his success is tied to a wavering Deshaun Watson, this guy still had 174 yards in an opener were Watson did not play like last season. He is a dominate receiver because of his route running ability and jump ball skills. He is big, fast and physical.

USC’s dual backfield of Ronald Jones and Justin Davis was dynamic all of last year. Jones set USC’s freshman rushing record with 987 yards and had 11 runs of 20 or more yards. Davis also had an impressive season as he rushed for 902 yards. They combined 16 total touchdowns and are a two headed monster out of the backfield that should not be underestimated. While they have yet to get both running backs going in one game they each have had their moment thus far. Now it’s about really letting these backs find a rhythm, preferably together, which will lead to this duo being so exciting to watch.

Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey is must see TV every single week he is on a football field. The biggest asset in his favor is his versatility, as he can play all over the field. If the team is struggling with the run, the advantage of having your best player able to split out wide and spread the defense down the field is indispensable. He gives this team a significant edge over every opponent.

Joe Mixon exploded for 117 rushing yards for Oklahoma last week after a modest week one performance. Again the big factor for Mixon is that he is going to have at least one huge play every game. Week one saw him break one run for 32 yards and pull in a 60 yard catch. In week two he broke off another big run, which went for 44 yards. These are the plays that break a defense late in a game and swing momentum.

Aaron Davis, defensive back for the Georgia Bulldogs, has recorded 8 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 quarterback hurry in two games. Not a bad start to the season. And while well known defensive players like Jabrill Peppers and Derwin James have been solid thus far, their are plenty of others to keep an eye on. Make sure to flip over to Georgia vs. Missouri when the Bulldogs play defense to watch Davis ball hawk all over the field.