The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is riddled with interesting matchups, as No. 6 TCU takes on No. 9 Ole Miss. Here are four to keep an eye on.
Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson vs. TCU WR Josh Doctson
This is by far the most intriguing matchup of the game, for me. Doctson, just 41 yards away from being TCU's first 1,000 yard receiver since Reggie Harrell in 2003. Fun fact, that's the only time a TCU receiver has gone over 1,000 yards in a season, so if Doctson were to gain more than 53 receiving yards, he'd hold the single-season TCU record.
It won't be an easy task though, as he goes up against All-American cornerback Senquez Golson. The diminutive corner, standing at just 5-foot-9, looks like he could be outmatched on paper against the 6-foot-4 frame of Doctson. However, Golson has gone up against tall receivers all season, and has yet to be overwhelmed. He'll give up the occasional jump ball, but his leaping ability and good arm length allow him to eliminate the majority of advantages a taller receiver holds over him.
Golson has nine interceptions on the season, so Trevone Boykin will have to be careful and accurate when throwing Golson's way.
TCU DTs Chucky Hunter/Davion Pierson vs. Ole Miss RG Rod Taylor
Chucky Hunter and Davion Pierson have been disruptive along opposing offensive lines all season, and now they get to line up against a freshman. Rod Taylor is filling in at right guard for Justin Bell, who takes over at left guard for the injured Aaron Morris.
Bo Wallace is a relatively mobile quarterback, who moves well in the pocket, but he's already taken 26 sacks this season. If Hunter and Pierson can make their way into the backfield because of the shifting along the Rebels' offensive line, the Horned Frog defense could make life difficult for Ole Miss.
TCU LB Paul Dawson vs. Ole Miss RB Jaylen Walton
While Mississippi's running game hasn't been stellar this year, it's an important part of their balanced offense, and it's led by Jaylen Walton. Walton has just under 600 yards rushing on the season, but is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. It'll be up to Paul Dawson, and Marcus Mallet, to slow Walton down. Dawson leads the Frogs with 18.5 tackles for loss this season, and he'll be needed to help stifle the Rebels' running game.
TCU QB Trevone Boykin vs. Ole Miss LBs Deterrian Shackleford/Keith Lewis
Trevone Boykin is a nightmare for opposing linebackers, because they never know when he is going to tuck and run. Pair that with TCU's ability to run a zone read play, and the Rebel linebackers will have to be on-point in this game.
Deterian Shackleford and Keith Lewis, the two linebackers in Ole Miss' 4-2-5, are very good at meeting the ball at the line of scrimmage and bringing runners to the ground. In order for TCU's offense to move at the pace they want, Boykin, and Aaron Green, will need to be able to make Shackleford and Lewis miss.