Over the last week here at OFD we’ve been giving you all different types of picks and previews. We’ve giving you the traditional game preview, staff picks and even the anti-preview. Well, we have one more for you and thats picks to click. Every week I’ll be giving you three players to have a have a big game. Here’s the first edition of picks to click - Texas week.
Isaac Rochell - DL
Texas has had trouble recruiting offensive linemen over the last decade or so. In fact they haven’t had ANY offensive lineman drafted since 2008. Rochell has a very favorable matchup against Texas’ young and inexperienced offensive line. Brian Kelly has lauded Rochell for being the best pass rusher on the team. Look for him to lead Notre Dame’s pass rush on Sunday night and get a sack and a couple tackles for loss.
Tarean Folston/Josh Adams - RB
This is kind of an easy pick. There’s no doubt about it, the running backs and offensive linemen are the strengths of this Notre Dame team. Folston and Adams will combine for a big game. Look for the duo to rush for a combined 200+ yards behind Notre Dame’s offensive line. Texas was 112th against the run last season and they’re bound to improve this season, but are they going to improve to the point where they can stop or even contain the Notre Dame running attack? Probably not.
C.J. Sanders - WR
Somebody is going to have to step up in the wide receiving corps next to Torii Hunter Jr. Sanders is going to be that guy. He’s getting the start at the slot, which means he’ll get matched up with a safety or a linebacker. Sanders will be able to exploit that matchup with his explosive speed. If he gets into the open field, say good night to the Texas defense because no one is catching that guy.