There are some great matchups to watch on Saturday, but these five players should be able to take advantage of their opponents. Expect them to show out.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Clowney lining up against Arkansas’ offensive line? I’ll take that matchup any day of the week, no matter if he has a foot injury or not. Defenders have been getting to Tyler Wilson this season and putting some big hits on him. Tulsa did it last week, and Arkansas will get to experience the wrath of Clowney, just like every team has before week 11.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida: It’s becoming more clear that Florida needs to find different ways to get Mike Gillislee the football other than in the running game, because he’s the best playmaker on offense. He’s done a great job running between the tackles as a power back this season, but he can also abuse some defenses in the screen game, too. I think Florida’s offense will run more screens and draws with Gillislee moving forward to offset the offensive line’s weakness in pass protection. Gillislee will have a big day against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU: The guy playing fifth fiddle at the beginning of the year is looking like he’s a top three or four running back in the SEC as a freshman. Jeremy Hill has rushed for 358 yards and four touchdowns just in the last three games. He leads the Tigers in rushing, with 429 yards on 77 carries with six touchdowns. He’s been the playmaker the stagnant offense was lacking over the first half of the season. Hill’s fresh legs have energized the offense and given them an edge.
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: Jarvis Jones going against Auburn’s woeful offensive line? Yes please. Jones is second in the SEC in sacks with 8.5 and second in tackles for loss with 15. “Jones sacks Wallace” could be a common theme exiting Saturday. He will lead Georgia as they try and sew up the SEC East divisional crown and punch their ticket to Atlanta in back-to-back seasons.
AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama: We hear so much about Johnny Manziel, and he’s an incredible player who has awesome creativity within plays, but the matchup with AJ McCarron and the Aggies’ secondary is much more favorable. Texas A&M is 12th in the SEC in passing defense, and look for McCarron to exploit some one-on-one coverages on play action with a couple deep throws to either Kenny Bell or Amari Cooper. McCarron has thrown for 19 touchdowns and no interceptions, and Texas A&M is last in the SEC in forcing turnovers on defense.
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