Head 2 Head: Week 4 Analysis

Head 2 Head: Week 4 Analysis

How did last weekend's top matchups of 2008 draft-eligible prospects turn out? Scout.com NFL Analyst Chris Steuber fills you in.

#3 Florida at Mississippi

Game Result:  Florida 30 | Mississippi 24

The Prospects: Florida, DE - Derrick Harvey (Jr.) vs. Mississippi, OT - Michael Oher (Jr.)

The Matchup:  This was a very good matchup between Florida's highly touted defensive end Derrick Harvey and Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher. Harvey has struggled a bit this season statistically, but played a solid game against Oher. He collected four tackles -- two for a loss -- and a sack in the Gators'  win. Oher, a tough, physical lineman that uses his strength to his advantage, played well and displayed excellent technique going up against Harvey. Overall this was a very good matchup between two of the top players at their respective positions.

In-Game Analysis:  Going into the game, it appeared that this would be an easy win for the Gators, but it turned out to be closer than they imagined. When you have two conference teams battling each other, strange things can happen. Ole Miss was down 27-9 halfway through the third quarter, but they managed to make a late surge at the end of the quarter and cut the lead to 27-24. The Gators ended up defeating the Rebels on a 25-yard field goal by Joey Ijjas. The Rebels gave the defending National Champions a scare, but in the end the Gators pulled through.

Keep An Eye On ... Ole Miss, QB - Seth Adams (Sr.): Adams isn't a highly-touted prospect, but he showed great poise against the top-rated Gators. At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, Adams has excellent size and displays good awareness spotting his receivers. He completed 18-of-31 for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception against Florida.


Ball State at #24 Nebraska

Game Details:  Nebraska 41 | Ball State 40

The Prospects:  Ball State, TE - Darius Hill (Jr.) vs. Nebraska, S - Tierre Green (Sr.)

The Matchup:  Darius Hill showed why he's one of the best tight ends in the country against Nebraska -- he hauled in five receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.  While the 6-foot-6, 233-pound tight end still has to improve his blocking technique, he was a major contributor offensively for Ball State in this near-victory. This was a wide-open game, so there wasn't a lot of defense being played. Tierre Green wasn't a factor at all in this contest. He didn't record a single tackle against Ball State.

In-Game Analysis:  This was a true back-and-forth battle between two teams aiming for a win. Ball State had no business competing on the same field with Nebraska -- who was playing on their home turf -- but they hung in there until the very end. Cardinals quarterback Nate Davis threw a key interception to Nebraska's Bo Ruud with 9:21 remaining in the game, which gave Nebraska momentum. Prior to the interception, the Cardinals were leading the Cornhuskers, 37-28, and ultimately lost the game by a point. A 55-yard field goal attempt by Jake Hogue would have won it for Ball State with 17 seconds on the clock, but it fell short and Nebraska escaped with the win.

Keep An Eye On ... Ball State, WR - Dante Love (Jr.): What an incredible season junior receiver Dante Love is having for Ball State. Love has game-breaking speed and was a major reason why the Cardinals were in this game. He had 10 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown. Love has 31 receptions for 499 yards and five touchdowns in the season.


#12 South Carolina at #2 LSU

Game Details:  LSU 28 | South Carolina 16

The Prospects:  South Carolina, LB - Jasper Brinkley (Sr.) vs. LSU, QB - Matt Flynn (Sr.)

The Matchup:  This looked like a good matchup on paper between LSU's Matt Flynn and South Carolina's Jasper Brinkley, but when you have two great teams going head-to-head, you never know what's going to happen. Brinkley played well until he hurt his knee. He had three tackles against LSU, but suffered a right knee sprain that will cost him the rest of the season. South Carolina announced that Brinkley will have season-ending surgery, although a date hasn't yet been determined. Flynn, who's been tremendous for LSU so far, had a good game but didn't do anything spectacular. He completed 8-of-19 for 70 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

In-Game Analysis:  Late in the second quarter, Flynn was part of a highlight reel play. LSU lined up to attempt a 23-yard field goal with 1:38 remaining in the first half. Flynn took the snap and then flipped the ball over his left shoulder to kicker Colt David. David went around the right end and scored a touchdown from 13-yards out to put LSU up 21-7 at the half. This was a risky play, but it caught the Gamecocks off guard and benefited the Tigers.

Keep An Eye On ... LSU, CB - Chevis Jackson (Sr.):  Jackson is a tough, physical corner for the Tigers. He played very well against the Gamecocks as he recorded six tackles and an interception. During the season, Jackson has 13 tackles, two for a loss, and an interception. He's just one of the many standouts on a dominant defense.


New Mexico State at Auburn

Game Details:  Auburn 55 | New Mexico State 20

The Prospects: New Mexico State, QB - Chase Holbrook (Jr.) vs. Auburn, DE - Quentin Groves (Sr.)

The Matchup:  Holbrook has been up and down this season. He's been turning the ball over more than he did last year (six interceptions in 2006), but that's what happens when the opposition has more film to study to dissect your play. Against a tough Auburn defense, Holbrook showed nice accuracy, but fell into some traps as he completed 29-of-40 passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Auburn's Quentin Groves didn't have one of his better games as he only totaled two tackles in the Tigers' dominating win. Groves showed great speed around the edge but wasn't able to get to Holbrook in this matchup.

Keep An Eye On ... New Mexico State, WR - Chris Williams (Jr.): At 5-foot-8, 157-pounds, Williams doesn't look like much on the field, but he has really benefited from playing in a pass-oriented offense. Against Auburn, Williams had nine receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. For the season, Williams has totaled 32 receptions for 497 yards and eight touchdowns. The game prior to Auburn when the Aggies defeated UTEP, Williams had nine receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He's a dynamic little guy that catches your eye.


Iowa at #9 Wisconsin

Game Details: Wisconsin 17 | Iowa 13

The Prospects: Iowa, LB - Mike Klinkenborg (Sr.) vs. Wisconsin, TE - Travis Beckum (Jr.)

The Matchup:  Iowa's leading tackler, Mike Klinkenborg, played a solid game and was all over the field against the Badgers. Klinkenborg had eight tackles, one for a loss, a forced fumble and a sack in the Hawkeyes' near victory over No. 9 ranked Wisconsin. Badgers star tight end Travis Beckum didn't have one of his best games as he totaled four catches for 18 yards, but he managed to score the Badgers' first touchdown of the game in the second quarter. Klinkenborg was very impressive, and he's had an outstanding senior season for Iowa.

Keep An Eye On ... Iowa, DE - Bryan Mattison (Sr.): A hardworking defensive end, Mattison continued his solid play against Wisconsin. He had three tackles, one for a loss, a sack and recovered a fumble in the Hawkeyes 17-13 win. Mattison has totaled 16 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, and four sacks this season.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.

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