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Word out of Gainesville Continues to be Richardson Leaving for the NFL
11:45 pm ET – After getting a preview with Mississippi State squeaking by Mississippi and Florida State holding off Florida, Rivalry Weekend kicks into high gear today, starting with Michigan vs. Ohio State at noon. It’s the latest version of the “Game of the Century,” and this contest will be a scout’s dream with so many top-notch, next-level matchups.
Earlier this week, when I was speaking with someone close to the Florida Gators program, I was again told the belief is that Gainesville is quarterback Anthony Richardson will enter the draft. There’s been no word coming from his camp as of yet.
Last night’s game against Florida State proved why Richardson is such an exciting prospect and why he’s not ready for the NFL.
He made some magnificent throws throughout the game and even a few of his incomplete passes were right on the money. But he also struggled to see the field, locked on to the primary target, and showed a lot of indecision.
At this point, the ceiling is huge for Richardson, but there’s also a big bust factor.
The game in Columbus between the Wolverines and Buckeyes has great head-to-head battles between players who will be top 100 picks over the next few drafts.
Paris Johnson Jr. has done a terrific job at left tackle for the Buckeyes since moving over from guard. Today he faces Michigan edge rusher Mike Morris, a Week 5 Riser with 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss this season. Both players seem to improve weekly, and both have Day 2 grades on my board.
One of the better battles will be in the middle of the line, where Wolverine defensive tackle Mazi Smith faces off against Buckeye center Luke Wypler. This is a battle for the ages between two players I’ve written about often this season, and both underclassmen have second-round grades on my board.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who has not shown a lot of improvement, in my opinion, against Michigan cornerback DJ Turner, who has first-round ball skills, is a battle everyone will watch.
Finally, keep an eye on the Wolverines’ big tight end, Luke Schoonmaker, when he’s matched up against Buckeye linebacker Steele Chambers. Schoonmaker has a size advantage over Chambers, a second-round prospect I’m told is considering the draft.
So, who wins the big game?
I think Michigan has a slight advantage on the field. Ohio State cannot settle for field goals and Stroud must get the Buckeye offense into the end zone – early in the game.