Geno Smith (#12) Senior QB, West Virginia
12pm vs Maryland. FX network.
I’ve already declared that Geno Smith will be the signature player of the 2012 season. Tomorrow, you get to see with your own eyes why I am so high on Geno.
In his first two games of the 2012 season, Geno’s stat line is 66-75, 734 yards, 9TD, 0 INT. Yes, those two games were against James Madison and Marshall, but before you totally disregard those numbers, consider that Marshall is consistently a bowl team and that JMU is one of the better FCS programs. By all accounts Geno has progressed in every aspect of his game. Among returning quarterbacks, I have Geno’s 2011 graded the highest, making him my #1 QB prospect in America.
West Virginia’s foe, Maryland, has faced three anemic passing offenses thus far. On Saturday, expect them to get smoked by the high flying Mountaineers. As one friend likes to say “College Football is a video game for Geno Smith.”
In the video below, watch how his feet constantly reset as he goes through his reads. Also, his right foot almost always finishes off the ground, indicating a powerful follow through.
Landry Jones (#12), Senior QB, Oklahoma
7:50pm vs Kansas State. FOX.
Rumors of Landry Jones’ demise are premature. Last you heard, Landry was the downfall of humanity, a wrench in the Sooners program, and completely to blame for their 2-2 finish to the 2011 season. So far this season, the Sooners have been off the radar after two wins over UTEP and Florida A&M, before taking a bye last week. Things are just getting started though.
The Sooners are a top 6 team in the country, folks. Landry Jones is a top NFL prospect. Bob Stoops hasn’t forgotten how to coach football. In their first big-time game of 2012, expect them to play with a chip on their shoulder and to run up the score against the Kansas State Wildcats. They will make a statement on Saturday night and Landry will be exclamation point.
Sammy Watkins (#2), Sophomore WR, Clemson
8pm @ Florida State. ABC.
In 2011, as a freshman, Sammy Watkins put on an otherworldly display. Looking at just his receiving stats, he put up the third most dominant performance of any Clemson WR in my database. His average stat line was 6.3 catches, 94 yards, and .9 TDs per game. Holy Smokes! From an all-purpose perspective, Watkins touched the ball 153 times for 2297 total yards and 13 touchdowns.
Clemson broke through last season and finally made it to a BCS game (before getting destroyed by the aforementioned Geno Smith). Ultimately, the swing game that got them to the ACC title game was their early season victory over an EJ Manuel-less Florida State team. This year, if they are going to defend their ACC crown, they’re going to have to knock of FSU in Tallahassee. If they’re going to do that, Sammy Watkins must play a big role.
After being suspended for weeks 1 and 2, Watkins returned last week against Furman to the tune of 6 touches for 119 total yards and one touchdown. Will this week against the Seminoles be such easy sledding? Doubtful. Tune in on Saturday night to see if Sammy can avoid a sophomore slump and make a game changing play, like he did so many times in 2011.
WTF, major networks?
As every major network scrambles to out-do one another, the only thing they’re accomplishing is to ruin my viewer experience as a college football fan. I want ONE awesome game at noon, one awesome game at 3:30pm, one awesome game at 8pm, and (if I’m feeling frisky) one awesome PAC-12 game at 10:30pm. Is that too much to ask? Apparently it is. This week, three marquee games are going to cannibalize viewership as NBC airs ND-MICH in primetime, while ABC airs FSU-Clemson, and FOX airs Oklahoma-Kansas St. This might be good for the networks, but it’s terrible for the fans.
Speaking of 10:30pm games
The amazing Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at 10:30pm on ESPN. This game should be high scoring and wildly entertaining. It will be the first ‘real test’ (psh) for the Ducks after playing Arkansas State, Fresno State, and Tennessee Tech. This Oregon team is sooo under the radar and so damn good, they’re worth tuning in to see. If you thought that Oregon was going to slow down, fade out, or exit stage left after their recent run of BCS appearances, you’re dead wrong. Chip Kelly is cranking everything up even further. See for yourself.