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College Football 2019 Week 3 What to Watch: Florida State talks big before UVA matchup

College Football 2019 Week 3 What to Watch: Florida State talks big before UVA matchup

Maryland has put the nation on notice after two impressive games to start the season, Penn State takes on one of its biggest rivals, Virginia Tech looks to get right against Furman, Navy is back in action and Virginia hosts Florida State under the lights.

Here is a breakdown of all the local action.

No. 13 Penn State vs. Pitt

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
How to watch: ABC

Penn State has been rolling through the first two weeks of the season and, while Pitt should provide a bigger challenge than either Idaho or Buffalo, on paper it appears the Nittany Lions should have no trouble dispatching the Panthers. Pitt has lost its last five games in Happy Valley and have not won there since 1988.

No. 21 Maryland at Temple When: 12 p.m. Saturday Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa. How to watch: CBSSN

You could not have scripted a better start to the season for Maryland as the Terps are 2-0 after two dominating victories. They now hit the road for the first time this season to take on the Owls. Like Maryland, the Owls are working with a new head coach, Rod Carey, who was previously at Northern Illinois. Temple has had plenty of time to prepare for the Terps with a bye week after an opening win over Bucknell. But even with the extra time, they will have a hard time cooling off Maryland’s red-hot offense.

Virginia Tech vs. Furman When: 12 p.m. Saturday Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va. How to watch: ACCN

The Hokies looked less than impressive in their first two games. Furman is a tough FCS opponent, but Saturday should offer Virginia Tech a chance to improve upon multiple aspects of their game.

Navy vs. East Carolina

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
How to watch: CBSSN

Navy is back in action after a bye week and will take on their first FBS opponent of the season. It is also their first conference game. Both Navy and ECU are not projected to do well this season. If either team hopes to prove the predictions wrong, they will need a win on Saturday.

No. 25 Virginia vs. Florida State

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
How to watch: ACCN

Virginia is off to an impressive start this season. Florida State is not. Year 2 for Willie Taggart is not going well as the Seminoles blew a big lead at home in a loss to Boise State then needed a botched extra point in overtime just to beat Louisiana-Monroe. Despite that, linebacker Leonard Warner still came out and said of UVa quarterback Bryce Perkins, “I don’t think we are going to have too much trouble with him. We have a good game plan built up. I think we have pretty good plan for controlling him.”

Game of the week: No. 19 Iowa vs. Iowa State

When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
How to watch: FS1

Iowa-Iowa State has been a great rivalry, but for years the matchup pitted a good Iowa team looking for a big season against a much weaker Iowa State team hoping for an upset. Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell has changed the nature of this rivalry. Iowa State is not seen on equal footing as their state rivals, but with one caveat: The Cyclones have not beaten Iowa since 2014.

While Iowa State has proven itself to be one of the top teams in the Big 12 the past few years, we still are not sure what to expect from them this season. The Cyclones needed overtime to beat FCS Northern Iowa in Week 1, then had a bye week in Week 2.

The Hawkeyes also have not been truly tested this season yet with wins over Miami of Ohio and Rutgers.

This will be the first big game and chance to make a statement for either team. Who will take the state bragging rights?

Other local teams:

Georgetown vs. Catholic University, 12 p.m. Saturday
Norfolk State at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
James Madison vs. Morgan State, 4 p.m. Saturday
Howard vs. Hampton, 4:30 p.m. Saturday
William & Mary vs. Colgate, 6 p.m. Saturday
Richmond at Elon, 6 p.m. Saturday
Towson at Maine, 7 p.m. Saturday
VMI at East Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+

5 prospects Ravens fans should be watching in Penn State vs. Michigan

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5 prospects Ravens fans should be watching in Penn State vs. Michigan

The Whiteout is one of the greatest atmospheres in all of sports. It will be on display Saturday as Penn State hosts Michigan (7:30 p.m., ABC). That alone is enough reason to Saturday's game, but for any Redskins fans out there who need more convincing, there are plenty of players playing who could be joining former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in Baltimore.

Hare the players Ravens fans should be watching.

DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

Gross-Matos has been climbing the draft boards after a breakout sophomore season in which he blew apart opposing lines with a whopping 54 tackles, 20 for a loss and eight sacks. He has really good size at 6-foot-5 which comes with some big arms which he uses to initiate contact and work blockers. He has more penetration skills than a lot of edge rushers and sometimes comes from the interior at Penn State.  He is not the kind of lineman who needs to get a good jump and get around a block, he can go around you or through you.

See where Gross-Matos is projected to go in the latest NFL Mock Draft.

CB Lavert Hill, Michigan

With two interceptions this season already, Hill is a top cover-corner for Michigan. Most draft experts have him as a nickel corner in the NFL. That's because his best skill is covering receivers man-to-man. Line him up in the slot and have him cover a speedy slot receiver and he can shut it down. At 5-foot-11, he is definitely undersized for an NFL defensive back, but the talent is there.

Watching Hill lineup against Penn State's KJ Hamler will be one of the matchups to watch on Saturday.

OLB Cam Brown, Penn State

In terms of side-to-side vision, Brown is one of the best linebackers in college football. He recorded 63 tackles last season with two sacks, three forced fumbles and six passes broken up. The knock on him, however, is that he can be easily blocked. He needs to bulk up a bit and work at shedding blocks to be really effective at the NFL level.

G Michael Onwenu, Michigan

In terms of size and strength, Onwenu's got it. In terms of quickness and athleticism, there are a few question marks. Then again, Onwenu is a guard, not a tackle, so perhaps you can get away with a project at that position with questions about his shape. His power alone makes him an NFL player.

OLB Josh Uche, Michigan

Uche is a hybrid edge rusher/linebacker, but he definitely looks like he would be more of an edge rusher in the NFL. This guy's main job on the field and perhaps in life is to pressure the quarterback. He had only 15 tackles last year, but seven of them were sacks. This is definitely  a later-round project though. He had 1.5 sacks heading into last week's matchup with Illinois. He inflated his totals a bit with three sacks in that games so take his final numbers with a grain of salt and ask just where those sacks are coming from.

 

G Steven Gonzalez, Penn State

Gonzalez sounded like he was committed to entering the draft in 2018, but he elected instead to return to Penn State for a fifth season. He's an interior lineman, most likely a guard, which is an area the Ravens need depth in. 

Athleticism is a bit of a question. Gonzalez is good on the run at the first block, but you shouldn't really expect him to go to the second level. He is going to occupy his first block, but he is not going to plow his way to a second. He just doesn't have the speed or athleticism to do it.

Other potential NFL prospects to watch:

WR Tarik Black, Michigan
G Ben Bredeson, Michigan
RB Chris Evans, Michigan
P Blake Gillikin, Penn State
WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State
CB Lavert Hill, Michigan
S Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
WR Juwan Johnson, Penn State
S Josh Metellus, Michigan
K Quinn Nordin, Michigan
QB Shea Patterson, Michigan
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
CB John Reid, Penn State
OLB Josh Uche, Michigan
DT Robert Windsor, Penn State

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5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Penn State vs. Michigan

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5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Penn State vs. Michigan

The Whiteout is one of the greatest atmospheres in all of sports. It will be on display Saturday as Penn State hosts Michigan (7:30 p.m., ABC). That alone is enough reason to Saturday's game, but for any Redskins fans out there who need more convincing, there are plenty of players playing who could be wearing the burgundy and gold next season.

Hare the players Redskins fans should be watching.

DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

Gross-Matos has been climbing the draft boards after a breakout sophomore season in which he blew apart opposing lines with a whopping 54 tackles, 20 for a loss and eight sacks. He has really good size at 6-foot-5 which comes with some big arms which he uses to initiate contact and work blockers. He has more penetration skills than a lot of edge rushers and sometimes comes from the interior at Penn State.  He is not the kind of lineman who needs to get a good jump and get around a block, he can go around you or through you.

See where Gross-Matos is projected to go in the latest NFL Mock Draft.

CB Lavert Hill, Michigan

With two interceptions this season already, Hill is a top cover-corner for Michigan. Most draft experts have him as a nickel corner in the NFL. That's because his best skill is covering receivers man-to-man. Line him up in the slot and have him cover a speedy slot receiver and he can shut it down.

Watching Hill lineup against Penn State's KJ Hamler will be one of the matchups to watch on Saturday.

OLB Cam Brown, Penn State

In terms of side-to-side vision, Brown is one of the best linebackers in college football. He recorded 63 tackles last season with two sacks, three forced fumbles and six passes broken up. The knock on him, however, is that he can be easily blocked. He needs to bulk up a bit and work at shedding blocks to be really effective at the NFL level.

G Michael Onwenu, Michigan

Washington's offensive line is terrible. Trent Williams is never coming back (accept it) and I don't have high hopes that Brandon Scherff is going to re-sign with everything as dysfunctional as it is. The Redskins need linemen at every position and Onwenu should be a target.

In terms of size and strength, he's got it. In terms of quickness and athleticism, there are a few question marks. Then again, Onwenu is a guard, not a tackle, so perhaps you can get away with a project at that position with questions about his shape. His power alone makes him an NFL player.

WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State

Hamler is a good example of why you can't just draft players based on what you see on paper. He is undersized at 5-foot-9, 176 pounds. He's fast for the college game, but his speed likely won't stand out all that much in the pros. But when you watch him, this guy is a playmaker that always seems to make things happen whenever he has the ball in his hands.

He is averaging 17.5 yards per catch this season and that's no fluke as he averaged 18.0 yards per catch just last season. 

Saturday's game is a fascinating matchup as he should line up a lot against Hill who is an NFL caliber corner. This gives him the opportunity to show he can still make plays even against NFL players.

Other potential NFL prospects to watch:

WR Tarik Black, Michigan
G Ben Bredeson, Michigan
RB Chris Evans, Michigan
P Blake Gillikin, Penn State
G Steven Gonzalez, Penn State
S Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
WR Juwan Johnson, Penn State
S Josh Metellus, Michigan
K Quinn Nordin, Michigan
QB Shea Patterson, Michigan
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
CB John Reid, Penn State
OLB Josh Uche, Michigan
DT Robert Windsor, Penn State

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