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What will the opening Saturday of college football bring?

D.J. Foster. DO WANT
D.J. Foster. DO WANT
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Louisville at #6 Auburn 3:30 PM EDT CBS

Location – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

  • The Cardinals take on the Tigers in the now annual ACC v. SEC clash in Atlanta. Both teams have some questions to answer. Auburn is starting a brand new QB in RS Junior Jeremy Johnson, who owns all of TWO career pass attempts. Louisville has some major holes to fill on the defense after several standouts have left for the pros. It will be interesting to see how new Auburn DC Will Muschamp improves a horrid Tigers defense. Louisville doesn’t have the horses on offense to keep up with the still dangerous Auburn offense. Bobby Petrino loses to the Gus Bus after hanging around for a half.

Louisville prospects to watch

Devonte Fields 6’4 254 DE RS Junior

  • Fields is an interesting name that transferred to Louisville after being forced to play at the JUCO level after being dismissed from TCU for a domestic violence issue. He was dominant during his freshman season, putting up 10 sacks en route to Big 12 DPOY honors. However, the off field issues will haunt him if and when he goes pro. Has two years left to play.

Sheldon Rankins 6’1 303 DE/DT Senior

  • Lorenzo Mauldin who? Rankins was the leading tackler and sacker for the Cardinals last year. He’s a versatile lineman that can play both inside and outside. Better suited for tackle given his ability to occupy multiple blockers and limited athleticism. Has the potential to be Jurrell Casey 2.0 given their similar dimensions and production.

Auburn prospects to watch

Carl Lawson 6’2 257 DE/OLB RS Sophomore

  • Lawson has lived up to his 5 star billing and then some. He was a dominant force during his freshman season in 2013 and played well during the national title game. However, 2014 was a lost season as he was redshirted due to an ACL tear suffered in spring practice. Expect him to return to 2013 form and terrorize SEC backfields once more.

Duke Williams 6’2 224 WR Senior

  • Williams is an intriguing prospect in that he has the raw talent but several miscues off the field have hampered him. He missed the entirety of bowl practice and the bowl game last year due to “suspension for violation of team rules”. If he can keep his act together then he has the potential to go early in 2016. Compares to Justin Hunter in terms of skill set.

Montravious Adams 6’3 296 DT Junior

  • Think Angelo Blackson but a better athlete.

Blake Countess 5’10 183 CB RS Senior

  • Graduate transfer from Michigan and one of the best corners in the country.

UVA at #13 UCLA 3:30 PM EDT Fox

Location: Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, CA

  • Virginia travels across the country to take on a much hyped Bruins team expected to contend for a Pac-12 title. UCLA will start a freshman QB in Josh Rosen, who was a 5 star recruit. UVA HC Mike London needs a good 2015 to avoid being fired after many recruiting successes that haven’t translated to wins on the field. UCLA has had an interesting offseason in that hip hop mogul Diddy got into an altercation with an assistant regarding his son. He allegedly attacked the assistant with a kettle bell after the coach “coached” his son too hard for Diddy’s liking. Also Snoop Lion’s (Dogg) son, who was a good receiver recruit, left the program to concentrate on his studies. Star CB Ishmael Adams was recently arrested for robbing an Uber driver (the one he was riding with) on campus.

UCLA prospects to watch

Myles Jack 6’1 232 OLB/RB Junior

  • A much better athlete than Shaq Thompson. Jack also played at running back in addition to his linebacker duties. He’s much more of a physical presence on defense than Thompson. He likely needs to move back a level into the secondary to safety to have a future in the NFL.

Eddie Vanderdoes 6’3 305 DL Junior

  • Arik Armstead lite. He could have ended up being a better offensive tackle had he chosen that route. A 5 star recruit who is a big body run stuffer with little pass rush ability.

#15 Arizona State at Texas A&M 7 PM ESPN

Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX

  • Two of the nation’s most explosive offensive attacks meet each other with both teams featuring little to no defense. Expect a wild shootout in this one. The Sun Devils return several star players on offense that could’ve gone pro early and been drafted. Texas A&M is breaking in two QBs in sophomore Kyle Allen and true freshman Kyler Murray. Whatever the over is for this game, take it and then some.

Arizona State prospect to watch

D.J. Foster 5’10 195 WR Senior

- Foster has made the switch to receiver to better enhance his pro prospects after being a running back for his previous three years. He’s one of the best players in the country, regardless of offensive position. With former Sun Devils Jaelen Strong and Marion Grice in the NFL, Foster is the top returning weapon. A great athlete and receiver out of the backfield with underrated strength.

Texas A&M prospects to watch

Mike Matthews 6’2 290 Center Senior

  • The last Matthews brother (of this generation) to ply his trade in college football is here. Younger brother of current Falcons tackle Jake. Matthews is one of the best centers in the country. Very technically sound and work ethic is off the charts good.

German Ifedi 6’5 325 OT RS Junior

  • The latest in a long line of Aggies offensive tackles with pro potential. Versatile enough to play both tackle and guard. Will likely play both tackle positions. Jeremiah Poutasi 2.0 in essence.

Ricky Seals-Jones 6’5 245 WR RS Sophomore

  • DGB without the off field problems. Mike Evans who? RSJ is that good. Although the weight is bothersome if he wants to stick at receiver at the next level. Could end up transitioning to tight end due to size.

Texas at #11 Notre Dame 7:30 PM NBC

Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, ILL

  • A still rebuilding Horns team travels to South Bend to take on a much more talented Irish team. The second year of Charlie Strong’s reign in Austin isn’t looking too positive even after an offseason relatively free of dismissals and suspensions. The talent level required of a Texas team just isn’t there, especially on offense. There are reports that the Horns could be shut out of the 2016 draft entirely. Notre Dame is still expected to compete for a playoff spot even with the loss of QB Everett Golson (who transferred to Florida State). Expect a big Irish win at home.

Notre Dame prospects to watch

Ronnie Stanley 6’5 315 OT RS Junior

  • Stanley could’ve been the first tackle off the board in the 2015 draft had he declared for early entry. He’s the best tackle in the country by far.

Nick Martin 6’3 320 G/C Senior

  • Martin is the younger brother of current Cowboys lineman Zack. Nick might end up being a better pro prospect. Can play both guard and center but will likely end up as a guard at the next level.

KeiVarae Russell 5’11 190 CB Senior

  • Russell is doing the Everett Golson aka returning from a year long academic misconduct suspension. He has the potential to be the best corner in the country. Revis Island like potential.

Sheldon Day 6’2 285 DT Senior

  • Day is this year’s Grady Jarrett in that he can play all of the line positions without losing a step. A still raw prospect that has yet to fully utilize all of his talents. He flashed particularly well against Florida State last year.

Jaylon Smith 6’2 235 OLB Junior

  • A tackling machine that could be considered as the best outside linebacker in the nation. The defensive general for the Irish. A smaller Von Miller if you will.

#20 Wisconsin at #3 Alabama 8 PM ABC

Location: AT&T Stadium, Dallas, TX

  • The main event in today’s action kicks off at 8 PM in JerryWorld. Can Alabama live up to its #3 ranking and hype amid questions about their QB? Can Wisconsin stop the Crimson Tide machine? Tune in to find out!

Wisconsin prospects to watch

Corey Clement 5’11 219 RB Junior

  • The heir apparent to Chargers RB Melvin Gordon. Clement nearly had a 1,000 yard season last year, rushing for 949 yards. A much better athlete than people will give him credit for.

Tyler Marz 6’7 316 OT RS Senior

  • He got next. Projects as a guard at the next level because of the lack of tackle athleticism. Could be a nice swing tackle to have on the bench. Started the last two years of his career.

Dan Voltz 6’3 312 C RS Junior

  • Peter Konz who? Voltz has erased memories of Konz by being better than him. The second best center prospect in the country. Work ethic is good. More of a zone blocker than man blocker at this stage. Injury prone.

Alabama prospects to watch

The entire team. Ha, just kidding. Basically, the front seven that’s eligible should be drafted.

Derrick Henry 6’3 240 RB Junior

  • The top ranked running back prospect in the country. Workout warrior as team sources indicate that he ran 4.50 40, 440 pound bench press, 500 pound squat, and 345 pound power clean. He should have a nice season given that he will be the man after TJ Yeldon turned pro.

Cyrus Jones 5’10 190 CB Senior

  • The latest in a long line of Alabama secondary players with hopes of a pro career. Showed toughness by playing through a torn hip labrum. Experience also a plus in the return game.

Ryan Kelly 6’5 300 C Senior

  • The heir to Barrett Jones is a highly regarded line prospect in his own right. Kelly has started for Nick Saban for three years. Could challenge for best center in the country honors.