Thursday’s Game to Watch

Posted: October 4, 2012 in NFL Draft

GAME: (13) USC @ Utah

TIME: 9:00 PM EST

TV: ESPN

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With little surprise tonight’s game to watch is USC @ Utah.  This game features at least five players that could be drafted within the first two rounds in the 2013 NFL Draft.

USC Quarterback Matt Barkley entered the 2012 season as the Heisman frontrunner and as the consensus best quarterback in the class, but his struggles in a loss at Stanford find his draft stock slipping slightly to begin the season. Barkley has completed 61.5% of his passes for 1,005 yards, 12 TD’s and 5 INT’s.

Another star on the USC offense is wide receiver Robert Woods. Woods has struggled so far in the 2012 season only averaging 6 catches for 51 yards per game. Woods also entered the 2012 season as the best player at his position but many draft experts have started to move Cal receiver Keenan Allen ahead of him. Woods needs to have a big game tonight in front of a nationally televised audience.

Center, Khaled Holmes, is the best center in the 2012 draft class. He’s projected as a 2nd round draft pick and will get a good test tonight going up against Utah’s defensive tackle Star Lotulelei

Lotulelei is projected by many to be a Top 5 pick in the 2013 draft and he hasn’t disappointed so far this year. Lotulelei has 13 solo tackles, 4 of which are for loss. He also has two forced fumbles and knocked down two passes against BYU. Lotulelei mostly plays in a 3-4 scheme at Utah but he’s also capable of playing a 4-3 DT. Tonight will be a good test for Lotulelei going up against USC’s offensive line.

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