Plant Your Flag on Saturday

Plant Your Flag: Week 6 preview

Saturday is almost here. There’s just one more sleep until Miami faces Clemson, and there’s the small matter of the Red River rivalry too. Let’s have a look at how our Plant The Flag players are getting on with Week 6 upon us.

Ash’s Picks

QB – Justin Fields, Ohio State
Week 5: No fixture
Week 6: No fixture

Just two weeks left. Fourteen days until Big Ten football, and Justin Fields, returns. We can’t wait.

RB – Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
Week 5: Lost 21-14 v. Arkansas
Week 6: @ Kentucky

It was a shock loss for the Bulldogs last Saturday. The injury to star running back Kylin Hill may go some way to explaining their defeat. Hill had just one carry for seven yards, before an injury to his head. Fortunately for Mike Leach, he is set to return to the field at Kentucky this week. The Arkansas defense dropped 8 in coverage last Saturday, and K.J. Costello threw three interceptions without Hill to exploit the gaps in the trenches. Expect him, if fully fit, to be the centrepiece of the offense once more.

WR – Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Week 5: Won 47-7 @ Kansas
Week 6: @ Baylor

The Cowboys started slowly, but find themselves 3-0 going into the weekend. Wallace blew up last Saturday, with 9 receptions for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was his first game of the season with over 100 yards receiving, as well as his first scores of the year. Saturday should bring more production from one of the game’s in-form wideouts. Last year was all about Chuba Hubbard. 2020 could be the year of Tylan Wallace.

TE – Kyle Pitts
Week 5: Won 38-24 v. South Carolina
Week 6: @ Texas A&M

Kyle Pitts is the gift that keeps on giving. He has gone from late Round 1 prospect to a top ten talent. Defences are trying to stop Pitts, but the Gamecocks couldn’t find the formula to neutralise him. With just four receptions, he managed another two scores. In six quarters of football in 2020, he had 6 touchdowns. It is now the turn of the Aggies to stop the most electrifying Tight End in college ball.

Tom’s Picks

QB – Trey Lance, NDSU
Week 5:Won 39-28 v. Central Arkansas
Week 6: No fixture

Last Saturday taught us very little about Trey Lance that we didn’t already know. If like me, you want to see him thrive in the NFL, Saturday showcased once more his powerful running ability. If you’re concerned about the quality of opposition and number of throws per game, your worries have gone unanswered. Lance completed just 50% of his passes for 149 yards, and also threw the first interception of his college career. On the ground, he was his old self. Lance had two touchdowns with his feet, averaging almost ten yards per carry.

Immediately after the victory last Saturday, Lance declared for the NFL Draft. He may not be ready to be a starter in the pros, but expect him to go in the top half of Round One regardless. GMs across the country will be excited at the prospect of maximising Lance’s potential.

RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson
Week 5: Won 41-23 v. Virginia
Week 6: v. Miami

Fresh from a bye week, Etienne showed no sign of rust last Saturday. Etienne carried the ball 14 times against the Cavaliers, but it was the passing game where he shone. With a respectable 73 yards and 1 TD on the run, he added 114 yards and another score from just 5 receptions.

There is no doubt that Etienne can do it all, and is a sure-fire Round One candidate. The Tigers face an in-form ACC contender Miami this Saturday. Etienne will face off with Cam’Ron Harris in what could be Clemson’s toughest test of the regular season. Trevor Lawrence continues to dominate the headlines, but Etienne can lead his team to victory against the Hurricanes.

WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State
Week 5: Won 41-24 v. Jacksonville State
Week 6:

It’s been a disappointing year so far for Terry, but he did manage to have his best game of 2020 so far last Saturday. The Seminoles had 5 rushing touchdowns last weekend, and opportunities in the air were few and far between. The 6’4”, 205lb receiver had 77 yards, the longest a 48 yard grab. Against such lowly opposition, Terry needs to be coming home with 100+ yards and at least a score.

Is Mike Norvell’s offense well matched to Tamorrion Terry? It appears not. With every Saturday that passes, his draft stock falls.

TE: Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
Week 5: No fixture
Week 6: No fixture

The bad news for Freiermuth? Kyle Pitts is now surely the TE1 in this draft class. The good news? Pitts could end up on a bad team picking in the top ten, whilst Freiermuth moves to a Superbowl contender at the back end of the first round.

That’s all for this week, folks. See you Saturday.

@5yardcollege – because Saturdays are for rushing, too.

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