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The playoff race is heating up during the last two weeks of the season. Who will keep their hopes alive for another week? Which prospects will help pave the way into a playoff spot?

Shawn Oakman. Do Want
Shawn Oakman. Do Want
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(4) Iowa at Nebraska 3:30 PM ABC

- An undefeated Iowa team travels to Nebraska to take on a Huskers team that's had a tough season with close last minute losses. Iowa has already clinched the Big Ten West division and will face Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, regardless of the outcome of this contest. Nebraska needs a win to get bowl eligible. This could be a troublesome game for Iowa as surely they're looking ahead to Indianapolis. Watch for a possible upset but Iowa pulls it out in the end in the most Iowa way possible.

Nebraska prospects to watch

Maliek Collins 6’2 300 DT Junior

- Collins is more of an athlete than a technician at the tackle spot. His footwork and agility are above average. However, it’s all he needs to improve on technique instead of relying on his speed and athleticism. Hand usage is good enough to get by. Needs to develop a countermove to offset his great first step.

Jordan Westerkamp 6’0 195 WR RS Junior

- Westerkamp is Nebraska’s top returning receiver and will replace the departed Kenny Bell as the lead dog. Due to his size limitations, he will be limited to the slot in the NFL unless he shows some improvement on the outside. It could be a long 2015 for him as Nebraska’s QB situation is unsettled and very inconsistent. Off field questions have risen as a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at his home while he was present with several other teammates. No charges have been filed in the case as of this writing.

Oregon State at Oregon 4 PM Fox Sports 1

"The Civil War"

- Oregon will host a moribund 2-9 Oregon State Beavers team simply looking to get the year over with. While the Ducks are out of the Pac-12 chase, they still have a lot to play for, namely a good bowl game in a warm weather climate. The Ducks should win this rivalry game with some room to spare. The Civil War tilts back into the school in Eugene's favor once more over the school that has Nike headquarters in town. Funny things have happened in rivalry games but I just don't see this one being close. Beavers HC Gary Andersen should've stayed at Wisconsin.

Oregon State prospect to watch

Storm Woods 6'0 207 RB RS Senior

- Woods hasn't cracked the 100 yard barrier this year except against San José State. He hasn't come close to 100 outside of the UCLA game, where he rushed for 87 yards. Has only one TD in 2015. Woods has an above average build. He has decent vision and is willing to run between the tackles to get the tough yards. Above average hands as well. Pass block skills are good enough. Needs an invite to an all star event to really showcase talents after a terrible year. Injury history is a concern. Compares to the Titans' Bishop Sankey.

Oregon prospects to watch

DeForest Buckner 6’7 290 DE Senior

- Arik Armstead who? Buckner is just as good if not better than the 49ers first round pick in the 2015 Draft. He’s a physical marvel and has very little bad weight. More of a brute strength type of defensive end instead of the speed type we’ve seen from Oregon in years past. Has some ability to drop back into coverage but it’s not the best aspect of his game.

Bralon Addison 5’10 190 WR RS Junior

- Addison is making his way back to full fitness after tearing his knee up in fall camp last year. It’s been a slow but steady recovery for him and with Oregon’s offense struggling somewhat, hasn’t shown his true talents. He’s normally a speed merchant with above average hands and great return ability. Frame at the next level will certainly be a question as he’s limited to the slot given his current body type. Frequently spotted as the WildDuck (puts $20 into the ATQ tip jar) QB.

Tyler Johnstone 6’6 295 OT Redshirt Senior

- Johnstone has been a stalwart tackle for the Ducks when he’s healthy. The medical at the Combine will be scrutinized very closely by the doctors there as he’s torn his ACL twice in back to back years. 2015 has been a bounce back year for him however. Fits more of a right tackle role than a left one but he is capable at both spots.

(7) Baylor at (19) TCU 7:30 PM ESPN

- Both teams are playing to stay alive in a suddenly competitive Big 12 title race. Baylor will start its third string QB Chris Johnson after losing record setting first string QB Seth Russell and freshman standout Jarrett Stidham to season ending injuries. Johnson played well in his cameo appearance in the blowout win over Oklahoma State last week. TCU has their fair share of injuries as well. TCU barely lost to Oklahoma 30-29 on a batted two point attempt that could've won the game last week. The Horned Frogs will definitely be without leading receiver Josh Doctson as he has a broken wrist while QB Trevone Boykin's fate has not been decided as of this writing. Winner of this game has to hope for Oklahoma State to win "Bedlam" to even entertain thoughts of a Big 12 title.

Baylor prospects to watch

1. Spencer Drango 6'5 310 OT RS Senior

- Drango could've been drafted as high as the second round last year had he declared for the draft but chose to return to school. He's been the starting left tackle for the Bears for four seasons so experience isn't a question. Lateral agility is a plus to his game. Very good at engaging defenders with great hand usage. Football IQ is a major plus as well. Likely the best tackle in the country. A major concern is the system fit he'll encounter given Baylor's spread attack.

2. Corey Coleman 5'10 185 WR RS Junior

- Kendall Wright who? Coleman has broken most of Baylor's receiver records (most of which belonged to our beloved KW). He's a lightning fast jitterbug and is pretty much penciled in as the favorite for the Biletnikoff award. Coleman had to wait his turn to be the man until this year behind some talented receivers. Excellent agility and has good hands. Route running is above average.

3. Shawn Oakman 6'8 278 DE RS Senior

- Oakman is a physical specimen that is still learning the game. He's had a pretty solid 2015. Will compete with DeForest Buckner and Robert N for first end taken off the board. A more technically refined guy than most will give him credit for. Speed is the name of his game. Run defense is a bit lacking but pass rush is above average. Built like a NBA power forward.

TCU prospects to watch

1. Trevone Boykin 6'1 208 QB RS Senior

- What a difference a year makes. Boykin was pretty solid last year in first year in a Mike Leach style Air Raid offense. 2015 was downright Heisman finalist good before he got hurt. Athleticism is off the charts good for his position. One could label him as the modern day Michael Vick. Arm strength is very good but accuracy, while improved, hasn't been ideal. Most likely will have to change positions to make it in the NFL. A system QB. Current status: INJURED

2. Josh Doctson 6'3 190 WR RS Senior

- He was having a great year being the leading receiver for the Horned Frogs until a broken wrist ended his 2015 prematurely. A big body WR with a similar frame to Justin Hunter. Ball skills and route running is a plus while frame is not. Hands are above average. Knows how to find the open zones on the field. Can go up and get it with the best of them. Current status: INJURED, OUT for season