What to watch- 8 September 2012

Robert Woods (#2), Junior WR, USC

3:30pm vs Syracuse.  ABC/ESPN2

Woods showed potential as a freshman, recording 65 catches for 792 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Not bad for his debut season in the Pac-12.  In 2011, as a sophomore, Woods became a star as he hauled in 111 balls for 1292 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Despite his smaller 6’1” 190lb frame, Woods is a dominant force in the red zone.  His 15 TDs last season ranked behind Dwayne Jarrett and Mike Williams (16TDs each) as the most outstanding endzone threats in the past decade of USC football.  His productivity score of 75 puts him on par with the best USC receivers in history.  While Marquis Lee stole the spotlight with last week’s big game, Woods still hauled in 2 TDs.  In his Junior season, playing on one of the best teams in America and with one of the best QBs in the country, Woods should became a household name, especially on the east coast, and a top NFL draft prospect.  Watch him today as the Trojans play Syracuse at MetLife stadium in NJ.

Keith Price (#17), Junior QB, Washington

7:00pm @ LSU.  ESPN.

Lost in the Luck/Barkeley love affair of 2011, Keith Price quietly had one of the best seasons in the country.  In my system, Barkeley’s season graded a 106.7 compared to Price’s 106.1  (a grade above 95 signifies an elite QB prospect).  He is probably a little too short to be a high draft pick, but he’s still young, so who knows whether he still could grow.  On the field, Price is electric.  In the 13 games that Washington played last year, Price threw for 3+ TDs on 8 occasions.  In his last game of 2011, a bowl game against Baylor/RG3, Price threw for 4 TDs and ran for 3TDs.   Tonight, the Price-led Huskies head to LSU.  As a practical matter, LSU should dominate Washington.  UW lost their top 2WRs, top RB, and several key O-lineman from the 2011 team.  While I expect the score to be ugly, Price should entertain as he attempts to single handedly keep the Huskies in the game.  In the long run, for Price to emerge as a top QB in year-2 as a starter.

James Franklin (#1), Junior QB, Missouri

7:45pm vs Georgia. ESPN2.

In Missouri’s first conference game as a member of the SEC, the Tigers welcome the Georgia Bulldogs to town.  As an NFL prospect, I’m higher on Georgia QB Aaron Murray, but Mizzou’s QB isn’t far behind and has an opportunity to make a splash tonight.

In 2011, Franklin’s season graded as an 89.9 passer (a score of 95 indicates an elite QB prospect).  In seven of Missouri’s 2011 games, Franklin threw for 2+ TDs which bodes well for his development.  Perhaps more interestingly, is that Franklin also RAN for 50+ in 8/13 Missouri games.  Tonight, Franklin will throw to the highly productive TJ Moe and #1recruit, freshman WR, Dorial Green-Beckham.  If  the Tigers are to pull the upset, the Junior QB will attack with his arm and his legs.  Look for his star to rise in the primetime spotlight.