Week 5 Prospect Matchups

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Week 5 of the college schedule includes a huge west coast matchup scouts will be keen to watch. There’s also a primetime battle in the ACC where a lot is on the line. Here are our Week 5 prospect matchups.

Colorado vs. UCLA

10:30 p.m. EST - ESPN2

Josh Rosen vs. the CU Secondary

Let’s face it, none of the highly rated quarterback prospects have impressed this season or outdistanced themselves from one another.

Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen has put up huge passing yardage, but in the past two games he’s also thrown several alarming interceptions which have cost his team dearly.

Off the Stanford defeat from a week ago in which the talented Cardinal secondary picked off Rosen twice, he must now face a Buffaloes defensive backfield with incredible upside.

Entering the season I was very high on CU safety Afolabi Laguda, giving him a higher grade than former teammate Tedric Thompson entering their senior seasons. Laguda has done relatively well this season and efficiently stops the run and covers the pass. Junior corner Isaiah Oliver is the hot name in the secondary and is slowly pulling together a complete game.

Despite a 27-point loss to Washington last week, the duo did a solid job keeping quarterback Jake Browning in check.

It will be a different story this week against Rosen -- a passer who’s much more accurate.

Rosen must improve his ball security and stop throwing interceptions. For Laguda and Oliver, this will be their first battle against the top-rated Los Angeles quarterbacks as Colorado hosts USC on the second Saturday in November.

It will be both a challenge and opportunity for the Colorado duo.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech

8 p.m. EST - ABC

Clemson Offense vs. the Hokies secondary

Clemson continues to run roughshod over opponents. While possessing one of the most dominant defensive lines in the country, the Tigers continue to plug their offense with next-level talent.

Junior quarterback Kelly Bryant is developing nicely and looks like a legitimate next-level passer. Receiver Deon Cain, another junior, is developing into a big-play threat while few receivers are as reliable as Hunter Renfrow, yet another underclassman.

The Virginia Tech secondary is talented but inconsistent.

Brandon Facyson looked like a star in the making as a freshman then suffered an injury and has been up and down the past two years. Adonis Alexander is well thought of in the scouting community but comes with character issues. Safety Terrell Edmunds is terrific between the numbers but is more of a downhill defender.

Bryant could pick apart the Hokies defensive backfield due to its inconsistency, though the game offers a great opportunity for the Virginia Tech secondary to prove they have next-level stuff.