College football Week 9 NFL Draft watch notes


This week in college football features a matchup between Florida and Georgia and another big test for Texas A&M's offensive line. Check out all of the NFL Draft watch notes for Week 9.

It's time for another installment of the weekly NFL Draft watch notes for college football. While there are plenty of big games on the docket in college football, the NFL Draft match-ups can come from all across the schedule.

We'll take a look at the most interesting games and the individual matchup of the week.

Games to Watch

Notre Dame at Oklahoma - 8 p.m. - ABC

The marquee matchup of the week belongs to Notre Dame, which has happened more often in 2012 than in any other season in recent memory. The Irish have absolutely nothing to write home about on offense, as they get by on the strength of their defense.

Landry Jones will get yet another chance to prove himself on a national stage. He has repeatedly come up short in big games throughout his career and will have his hands full against Manti Te'o and the Notre Dame defense. Te'o is steadily climbing up draft boards and Heisman Ballots with an outstanding senior season.

Mississippi State at Alabama - 8 p.m. - ESPN

Alabma has been a fixture in our weekly draft previews, and why not? The offensive line is full of future NFL starters, running back Eddie Lacy has burst onto the scene and established himself as a quality prospect, and quarterback A.J. McCarron is steadily improving as a junior. Jonthan Banks, meanwhile, has emerged as the top senior cornerback in the country for Mississippi State and will provide an interesting test for Bama's passing attack.

Defensively, the Crimson Tide are characteristically beastly. Cornerback Dee Milliner may be the most impressive prospect in my eyes. He has taken his game to another level as a junior, consistently erasing his side of the field and forcing turnovers. Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell, a junior, has quietly built up his draft stock this season, showing arm strength and great pocket presence. The most interesting matchup of the night, however, might be junior running back LaDarius Perkins vs. the Alabama defense and linebacker C.J. Mosely. Perkins is having as good a season as any running back in college football, but this will be his biggest test to date.

Florida at Georgia - 3:30 p.m. - CBS

The SEC always dominates these previews, and this week is no different. Florida and Georgia meet in Jacksonville for the world's largest cocktail party.

When Georgia has the football, Aaron Murray will have the tall task of moving the chains against a tough Florida secondary. Florida safety Matt Elam has had an incredible season thus far and will hope to continue that this week. Lerentree McCray (linebacker No. 34) may be the player to watch for the Gators, as he has been disruptive all season long.

When the Bulldogs are on defense, keep an eye out for Jarvis Jones. He has been slowed by injury and things won't get any easier for him this week against Florida. Running back Mike Gillislee will hope to continue to improve his draft stock.

Matchup of the Day

Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier vs. Texas A&M's offensive tackles

Texas A&M's tackles, Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel, had no trouble shutting down Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo in last week's matchup. But Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier, who is having a breakout season will present an entirely new challenge for the bookend tackles this week.

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