Week 3: Best Prospect vs. Prospect Matchups

Photo: © Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Let's be honest, after a thrilling Week 2 slate of heavyweight contenders battling it out, the exact opposite is scheduled during the set of Week 3 contests. An underwhelming week of competition overall, there's a grand total of zero head-to-head matchups between ranked teams.

Even though the team vs. team battles may be disappointing, there's plenty of intriguing in some of the individual battles that will happening on Saturday. Plenty of headliner names will be on display, but here are the biggest head-to-head matchups that I'll have a close eye on.

CeeDee Lamb vs. Darnay Holmes

Game Spotlight: Oklahoma at UCLA

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. EST

The highlight matchup of the day occurs during the night cap as one of the top receivers in the country in Lamb is already to a great start this season as he's already recorded eight catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns in as many games. Known for his ability to put catch comfort, body contortion and ability to create separation, he will be faced with a tough task as UCLA star cornerback Darnay Holmes is expected to make his season debut.

Holmes is a do-it-all corner for the Bruins whose presence has been sorely missed and a big part of why the program has suffered an 0-2 start. Looking to control one of the hottest offenses in country, Holmes could make a statement if he's able to slow down one of top wideouts in the country.


Kindle Vildor vs. Tyler Johnson

Game Spotlight: Georgia Southern at Minnesota

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. EST

An underrated matchup that involves two ascending prospects in the 2020 draft class. Johnson is on pace to set nearly every Gophers receiving record, but his season to date has gotten off to a slower start than anticipated. Having only recorded 99 yards on seven receptions through two games, many are expecting this game to be one where he finds his groove to possible get back on track.

The prospect that will be attempting to limit those opportunities is Vildor. The preseason Sun-Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, he's seeking to match his output from a season ago. After a near interception in the first-quarter in the teams victory over Maine, he did not see a target back into his zone for the duration of the game. Through two weeks, teams have been reluctant to test his side -- only recording one tackle so far this season, but this weeks matchup against Johnson, he will be sure to have more action in his direction.


Michigan State Defensive Front vs. Arizona State Offensive Line

Game Spotlight: Arizona State at Michigan State 

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4:00 p.m. EST

Led by Kenny Willekes and Raequan Williams, the Spartans defensive unit is loaded with talent at all three levels of the field. With early games against Tulsa and Western Michigan, the team has yet to face a test of Arizona State's caliber. At the center of it all, Cohl Cabral leads an explosive offense attack. Many eyes will be in trenches which is where all of the top notable 2020 NFL Draft names are present. 

Written By:

Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-Founder of ClimbingThePocket.com. Former QB and Coach at North Carolina Central Univ.

Connect: