Jordan Matthews vs. Kelvin Benjamin
Every defensive coordinator facing Florida St and Vanderbilt had to decide how to stop their passing game.
Jameis Winston clearly presented more of a problem than does Austyn Carta-Samuels, the Vanderbilt quarterback.
But, stopping the quarterback was not the only option. The defensive coordinator could focus on stopping their receivers.
Here are the three main receiving threats for Florida St and Vanderbilt.
By far, Matthews is Vanderbilt's receiving threat. Shutting down Jordan Matthews was the key to stopping the Vanderbilt passing game. Every defense coordinator facing the Commodores knew that stopping Matthews was the key. But it proved to be very hard to do.
On the other hand, it is not clear that shutting down one of the Florida State's receiving threats would have shut down Florida State's passing game. Florida State's passing attack is much more balanced than Vanderbilt's.
In my estimation, Jordan Matthews has proven that he can carry a team's passing attack.
Kelvin Benjamin, no matter his physical attributes, just has not proven that he can carry a team.
In the national title game, Rasheed Greene, not Kelvin Benjamin, carried the team's passing attack.