Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
LSU and Texas A&M present the marquee NFL Draft matchup of the season, while South Carolina vs. Florida, Alabama at Tennessee, West Virginia vs. Kansas State and other great games round out what figures to be an entertaining slate of games. Here's the NFL Draft preview.
Three Games to watch
LSU at Texas A&M - 12:00 ET - ESPN
A noontime SEC West showdown provides what might be the NFL Draft matchup of the season. LSU's dynamic duo of defensive ends, Barkevious MIngo and Sam Montgomery, will face off against Texas A&M's bookend offensive tackles, Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews.
Mingo is a handful around the edge due to his outstanding burst and short-area quickness. Montgomery, meanwhile, put on size in the offseason while maintaining that athleticism that makes him so dangerous. The Aggies will give them all they can handle, though. Joeckel and Matthews are two of the top tackle prospects eligible for April's draft.
When Texas A&M is on defense, junior defensive end Demontre Moore is the player to watch. His draft stock is gaining a lot of steam with his strong play this season. He has an opportunity to make even more noise on Saturday against a depleted LSU offensive line.
Virginia Tech at Clemson - 12:00 ET - ABC
When Virginia Tech has the ball on offense, the attention will be on Logan Thomas. While he has hand a disappointing season, Thomas is still a junior and has time to prove himself. There may not be a better time for him to prove himself than a road game against nationally ranked Clemson.
Odds are the Clemson offense will provide more excitement. Junior wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been on fire and could become a first round prospect by season's end. The Tigers also have the most talented senior running back in the nation, Andre Ellington.
South Carolina at Florida - 3:30 ET - CBS
Another week, another outstanding SEC matchup. The national CBS broadcast this week features Florida and South Carolina in a game that could decide the SEC East title.
Defense will headline the afternoon. For the Gators, defensive end Lerentee McCray and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd have been disrupting opponents' backfields all season long. Meanwhile, junior safety Matt Elam has been lights out in the Gators' secondary this season.
For the Gamecocks' defense, it all starts with the pressure from the front seven. Sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney pairs with Devin Taylor to create a scary pass-rushing tandem. The Gators will also have to be aware of D.J. Swearinger in the secondary, who has been a huge playmaker for South Carolina this season.
Intriguing matchup of the week
Alabama's Dee Milliner vs. Tennessee's wide receivers
Few will dispute that Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter make up one of the best wide receiver tandems in the nation. But Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner is playing better than anyone at his position right now. He should be able to lock down whichever Vols receiver he lines up on. This is another huge test for Tyler Bray, who has been disappointing this season.
Question of the Week
Can Geno Smith rebound against Kansas State?
Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers came crashing down to earth in Lubbock, Texas last Saturday. The mark of a great quarterback is being able to put a performance like that in the rear-view and come out strong the next week. Kansas State's defense won't make that easy for Smith and company. But then again, Morgantown isn't going to make life easy on the Wildcats.