The College Football Season kicks off tonight. A few things I’ll be watching:
South Carolina @ Vanderbilt, ESPN 7:00pm EST
Jordan Matthews #87, Junior WR, Vanderbilt– Over the last six games of the 2011 season, Matthews averaged 5.5 catches for 110 yards and .7 TDs. After tallying only 8 catches in Vandy’s first seven games, Matthews shined when given the opportunity. When he does make plays, they usually go for big yardage as evidenced by his 19 yds/catch average which ranked 6th in the NCAA last season (min. of 30 receptions). With a historical context, Matthews 2011 season ranks right up there with Earl Bennett, within the context of the offense. If the ‘Dores are going to pull the big upset in Nashville tonight, chances are Jordan Matthews will have something to do with it.
UPDATE: Matthews hauled in 8 catches for 147 yards and 1 touchdown in Vandy’s 13-17 loss. His impact could have been even greater if not being interferred with (missed call) on a critical fourth down play in the final minutes.
(A few nice highlights at the 28 second mark and the 59 second mark)
Washington State @ BYU, ESPN 10:15pm EST
Marquess Wilson #86, Junior WR, Washington St.– It’s easy to be overlooked when your team goes 9-40 over a four year stretch, but Marquess Wilson would like your attention. In 2011 he was utterly dominant. In 11 of 12 games, he tallied at least 75 receiving yards. He recorded a touchdown in 8/12 games. Overall, his 2011 season ranked as the second most dominant in the last decade of Wazzu football, behind Jason Hill. With a new sheriff in town in 2012 (Air Raid genius Mike Leach) expect Marquess to become a Pac-12 STAR and an All-American caliber player. His 2011 AVERAGES– 6.8 catches, 115 yards, 1TD– rank him right with Greg Jennings and Roddy White’s college numbers. GET ON THE BANDWAGON!!!
UPDATE: Wilson caught 4 balls for 61 yards and 0 touchdowns as Wazzu was out of rythm and manhandled by BYU in a 6-30 loss. Washington State’s offense looked out of rythm all night although Wilson flashed at times. Brighter days lie ahead.
(The combination of music and phenomenal plays make at least the first two minutes of this video must-see)