(19) Clemson at (22) Georgia Tech NOON ESPN
- Clemson continues its tour of the state of Georgia by visiting Atlanta to try the Varsity and oh, play the Ramblin' Wreck in between the good food as well. The Tigers have a freshman phenom at QB in the form of DeShaun Watson. They also boast a pretty solid defense to boot. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is in the thick of the muddled ACC Coastal division race.
Clemson prospects to watch:
1. Vic Beasley DE/OLB 6'2 235 Junior
- Beasley is one of the best pass rushers in the country.
2. Stéphone Anthony ILB 6'2 245 Senior
- Anthony is one of the better and underrated inside linebackers. He isn't in Denzel Perryman's class but a good athlete in his own right. A field general type of linebacker that commands the entire defense.
3. Grady Jarrett DT 6'1 295 Senior
- Jarrett is a bit undersized for the tackle position but has a consistent motor that doesn't stop. He's in the mold of the Titans' own Jurrell Casey.
(1) Mississippi State at (5) Alabama 3:30 PM CBS
- The top ranked Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa in what amounts to another elimination game in the SEC West. Miss State had a scrimmage against Tennessee-Martin last week while Alabama won another special teams fiesta against LSU in overtime (seriously, I think its a law somewhere that LSU and Bama participate in a kicking contest every time). College Gameday is in town for this match between traditional power and underdog.
Miss State prospects to watch:
1. Benardrick McKinney ILB 6'5 245 Junior
2. Dak Prescott QB 6'2 230 Senior
Alabama prospects to watch:
1. Amari Cooper WR 6'1 205 Junior
2. Landon Collins S 6'0 215 Junior
3. Arie Kouandjio 6'5 315 OG Senior
4. Trey DePriest ILB 6'2 245 Senior
Washington at (14) Arizona 3:30 PM Fox
- The Huskies take on a Wildcats offense that has been scuffling of late. Washington can determine a lot of the Pac-12 South race in this one since they have no chance of winning the North (thanks to a wounded Oregon winning head to head and clinching the division last week). The Pac-12 might be the best overall conference this year with every team "contending" for a bowl (except Colorado, who, to their credit, has been a tough out in every game).
Washington prospects to watch:
1. Shaq Thompson 6'1 228 RB/LB Junior
- Thompson is a dynamic two way athlete who moonlights as a running back on occasion but is primarily a feared linebacker. I'd take him in the second round.
2. Hau'oli Kikaha 6'3 246 DE/OLB Senior
- He might be the nation's most underrated defensive player. Kikaha is a semifinalist for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, and the Butkus. Leads the country with 16.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss.
Arizona prospects to watch:
1. Austin Hill WR 6'3 212 Senior
(16) Nebraska at (20) Wisconsin 3:30 PM ABC
- A good ol' fashion Big Ten slobberknocker is in the cards for this one as both teams LOVE running the ball a bunch. A lot will be determined on RB Ameer Abdullah's health. He's one of the best running backs in the country when healthy. This game likely decides the Big Ten West division should Ohio State beat a dangerous Minnesota squad.
Nebraska prospects to watch:
1. Ameer Abdullah RB 5'9 195 Senior
2. Randy Gregory DE 6'6 240 Junior
Wisconsin prospects to watch:
1. Melvin Gordon RB 6'1 207 Junior
(9) Auburn at (15) Georgia 7:15 PM ESPN
"The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry"
- Auburn HC Gus Malzhan, ever the unorthodox innovator, found an interesting way to lose last week in a close game against Texas A&M. Auburn fumbled the ball TWICE in the span of 5 minutes of game time with the chance to take the lead, one near the goal line and the other being the now infamous ButtSnap. C Reese Dismukes snapped the ball while QB Nick Marshall wasn't paying attention and that was that. Georgia had a ho hum 63-31 shellacking of Kentucky. These two teams renew acquaintances after last year's hilariously epic hail mary play that Auburn scored to beat UGA. Expect a shootout in this one. And oh by the way, Todd Gurley is back from suspension for an NCAA issue (which I think is dumb but that's for another time and place).
Auburn prospects to watch:
1. Reese Dismukes C 6'2 298 Senior
2. Corey Grant RB 5'10 205 Senior
3. Gabe Wright DT 6'3 284 Senior
4. Sammie Coates WR 6'1 201 RS Junior
Georgia prospects to watch:
1. Todd Gurley RB 6'1 232 Junior
2. Ramik Wilson ILB 6'2 232 Senior
3. Jordan Jenkins OLB 6'2 246 Junior
4. Leonard Floyd OLB 6'4 230 RS Sophomore
(3) Florida State at Miami (FL) 8 PM ABC
- These two Sunshine State rivals do battle once more in what is the country's best rivalry. While not as hyped as games in the past, there are still future NFL draft picks on both sides. Everyone knows about the controversial and mercurial Heisman winning QB Jameis Winston. Miami is coming off a win over North Carolina last week while the Noles made it interesting against Virginia (anyone know a good cardiologist? I can't take much more of these close wins). Due to the Seminoles' annoying propensity to make things really interesting this year, I cannot say who will win in this one.
Florida State prospects to watch:
1. Cameron Erving OT 6'5 320 RS Senior
2. Mario Edwards, Jr DE 6'3 277 Junior
3. PJ Williams CB 6'0 190 Junior
4. Rashad Greene WR 6'0 180 Senior
5. Karlos Williams RB 6'1 223 Senior
6. Ronald Darby DB 5'11 195 Junior
7. Nick O'Leary TE 6'3 247 Senior
Miami prospects to watch:
1. Denzel Perryman ILB 5'11 242
2. Anthony Chickillo DE 6'4 277
3. Duke Johnson RB 5'9 206
Other notable games:
(17) LSU at Arkansas 8 PM ESPN2
- Can LSU recover from its heartbreaking loss to Alabama? Arkansas is better than most people think. We might not see more than 20 passes combined between the two teams.
Missouri at (24) Texas A&M 7:30 PM SEC Network
- This set of Tigers might be a bigger challenge for freshman sensation QB Kyle Allen for the Aggies. Missouri DE Shane Ray will be waiting for Allen.
Texas at Oklahoma State 7:30 PM Fox
- The Longhorns are looking for a win to make them bowl eligible against a lowly Cowboys team after an upset win over West Virginia last week.