10 most important players in CFB Playoff

10Mack Wilson, linebacker, Alabama

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Wilson is a savvy linebacker with sideline-to-sideline speed and uncanny instincts. So, just the latest exceptional player of his ilk from Tuscaloosa.

There’s so much talent on Alabama’s defense, but Wilson is the heart and soul of it. Even though Oklahoma runs a system heavily reliant on spread concepts, Murray often makes checks at the line of scrimmage.

It’s critical that Wilson match wits with Murray before the snap. Otherwise a whole lot of blown coverages could happen.

Sooners star Kyler Murray is as dangerous as any quarterback in the open field. Wilson will not only have to drop in coverage, but also spy Murray to keep him from devastating the Crimson Tide with his legs.