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Plant Your Flag: Week 10 Preview

Things are really heating up now that Week 10 of the college season is here. The return of the MAC and Pac-12 conferences has been another signal that things are approaching some kind of “normal”. As the season reaches its zenith, it’s time for our Plant Your Flag players to shine.

Ash’s Picks

QB – Justin Fields, Ohio State

Week 9: Won 38-25 @ Penn State
Week 10: V. Rutgers

Fields is in incredible shape to start 2020. His completion percentage is up 20% on last year (87.3%), and he has thrown for 6 touchdowns already. Look out, Rutgers. Justin Fields has his eyes firmly on the #1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

RB – Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

As discussed on this week’s episode of the 5 Yard College podcast, Kylin Hill has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season. This news was confirmed this week. Hill is now preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft. He ends his college career with 2,535 yards (5.6 per carry) and 16 touchdowns. Concerns about his ability to contribute in the passing game were answered early this year. Hill had more yards in three appearances (237) than in any previous year.

WR – Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

Week 9:Lost 41-34 v. Texas
Week 10: @ Kansas State

Senior receiver Tylan Wallace has proven to be the Cowboys’ most reliable weapon again this year. He is slightly smaller and lighter than the average Day 1-2 draftee, but that shouldn’t dramatically hurt his draft stock. Wallace hauled in an incredible touchdown catch in last week’s loss to Texas, one of two for the day. He finished as the game’s most prolific receiver with 187 yards (17 per catch).

This weekend, he visits a Kansas State side that is conceding 26 points per game on average, and allowing more yards in the air than on the ground. Wallace looks set to feast in Manhattan this weekend.

TE – Kyle Pitts, Florida

Week 9: Won 41-17 v. Mizzou
Week 10: V. Georgia

The hype seems to be settling around Pitts after a barnstorming start to 2020. He returned from injury to start against Mizzou. It was his first start of the year in which he failed to register a touchdown catch. Instead, he finished the game with 5 receptions for 81 yards. It was enough to lead the Gators in receiving yards, but they will need him at his best if Florida is to defeat Georgia.

The Bulldogs are the favourites to win this clash, which could be the highlight of the weekend. The Georgia defence is allowing 220 yards per game, a figure that plummets if you discount the loss to Alabama. If the Bulldogs want to defeat the Gators in The Swamp, they will have to shut down their primary target: Kyle Pitts.

Tom’s Picks

QB – Trey Lance, NDSU

Just 168 days until Trey Lance is an NFL player.

RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson

Week 9: Won 34-28 v. Boston College
Week 10: @ Notre Dame

Travis Etienne entered his name into the record books last weekend. He became the ACC’s all-time leading rusher (4,644 yards) in Clemson’s difficult victory over the Boston College Eagles. With Trevor Lawrence absent, freshman DJ Uiagalelei leaned on his running back to keep the offence moving. He had 224 total yards and 2 scores as the Tigers recovered from a slow start to maintain their perfect record.

Dabo Swinney will need Etienne firing on all cylinders as his side take on their most talented foe in the regular season, Notre Dame (#4 ranked in the country). Expect Etienne to be getting touches in both elements of the offence this weekend.

And if you didn’t already know, Etienne is undoubtedly the #1 running back in the 2021 NFL Draft.

WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State

Missing: Tamorrion Terry. If found, please return to Mike Norvell and the Florida State offence.

He hasn’t appeared for the Seminoles since his 146 yard game in the 42-26 defeat to Notre Dame. After a minor operation to “clean up” his knee, Terry is edging closer to a return. He will be a game-time decision for Florida State’s game this weekend with Pitt.

TE – Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

Week 9: Lost 38-25 v. Ohio State
Week 10: V. Maryland

It has been a rough start for the Nittany Lions. Not that it has hurt Pat Freiermuth’s stock for the 2021 NFL Draft. Freiermuth has 101 yards in 2 games and one touchdown. He has the school record for touchdowns scored by a Tight End, and continues to put up tape that justifies a First Round draft pick.

Last week, Penn State’s game with the Buckeyes ended when Sean Clifford was intercepted on a pass intended for Freiermuth. Against strong opposition like Ohio State, Baby Gronk is going to receive significant attention. He only had 3 receptions and 46 yards. The Week 10 game against Maryland is a chance for Freiermuth to lead his team to their first win of the 2020 season.

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