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Another Saturday down in the playoff chase. Which prospects will lead their team to the dance unscathed?

Mike Williams. Do Want.
Mike Williams. Do Want.
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Baylor at #11 Oklahoma NOON ABC/ESPN2

- A reeling Baylor squad travels to Norman to take on a suddenly powerful Sooners team looking to win the Big 12. Baylor lost to TCU by a 62-22 line last week after wearing all black in support of deposed head coach Art Briles. Oklahoma has won six straight after being decimated by the Buckeyes at home. Bears RB Shock Linwood was seen shoving a coach on the sidelines last week in a bout of frustration. Expect the Sooners to outslug the Bears in what should be a shootout to the finish.

Baylor prospects to watch

1. KD Cannon 5'11 180 WR Junior

- Cannon has been a playmaker for the high powered Bears offense since he stepped foot on campus. An athletic marvel that can burn defenders deep with elite speed and agility. He has great returner abilities as well. Frame could stand to add more weight to hold up in the NFL. Has struggled in 2016 with injury and Baylor QBs not being good as once before. He could be compared to the Redskins' Desean Jackson.

2. Shock Linwood 5'9 200 RB RS Senior

- Linwood holds nearly every rushing record in Baylor history. He is a dynamic athlete with very good agility and above average speed. One of the more underrated backs in the class as a result of past systems and current regime. Projects as a third down specialist at the next level. Compares favorably to a faster Jacquizz Rodgers.

Oklahoma prospects to watch

1. Samaje Perine 5'10 235 RB Junior

- Perine is in the running for best running back in the country discussion. He's a bowling ball downhill type of runner. A big back for his size. Has been really consistent for his first two years of college. Broke the short lived single game rushing record that current Chargers RB Melvin Gordon set with 427 yards a week after Gordon did it.

#16 West Virginia at Texas NOON FS1

- The 16th ranked Mountaineers travel to Austin and look to further their Big 12 hopes, which took a dent after losing to Okie State two weeks ago. Texas is coming off a wild (weird things happen in Lubbock) win over Texas Tech last week behind the legs of RB Dont'a Foreman. WV features arguably the best defense in the Big 12 and has the personnel to stop Foreman and his burgeoning Heisman campaign. After some bitter close losses, the Longhorns have improved on defense once HC Charlie Strong took over that besieged unit. Look for a defensive struggle here in Austin.

WVU prospect to watch

1. Rushel Shell 5'10 225 RB RS Senior

- Shell has been a good fit for the Dana Holgerson's high powered (mostly in theory) spread option attack for a couple of years now. He is a transfer from Pittsburgh. Above average speed and athleticism. An intriguing option out of the backfield. Inexpe

Texas prospects to watch

1. Tyrone Swoopes 6'4 249 ATH Senior

- Swoopes has finally found his niche in his senior season as the backup QB and "18 wheeler" Wildcat guy. He's had a turbulent career where he was thrown into the fire too early and suffered through ill suited coaching changes. Well built for his role. Great teammate. A bigger Jake Locker as a passer if you will. Projects as a TE or FB at the next level.

2. Paul Boyette Jr, 6'3 317 DT Senior

- The Longhorns' best interior defensive lineman. Malcolm Brown who? He's a big body tackle that can play both a classic DT and 3-4 NT.

3. Malik Jefferson 6'3 238 LB Sophomore

- I rarely if ever shout out underclassmen but Jefferson is the real deal. He's one of the best inside linebackers in the country right now. Instincts and athleticism are off the charts good. He should declare as a junior after next year if form holds.

4. Kent Perkins 6'5 320 OL Senior

- Perkins is the Longhorns' best lineman. A big mauler that projects as a guard at the next level rather than tackle. 2016 has been an interesting year in that he has improved his stock but has picked up little nicks here and there due to getting used to the Baylor style high tempo system.rienced due to being utilized in a running back by committee for most of his career.

Pittsburgh at #2 Clemson 3:30 PM ABC

- The Panthers travel to always interesting Death Valley to be the cannon fodder for Clemson's Senior Day. Pittsburgh is a tough and well coached squad but likely don't have the weapons to keep up with Clemson. However, the Tigers might be checked out as several underclassmen, including QB Deshaun Watson declared for the draft this week. Clemson has one of the best defenses in the country even after losing what it did to the pros. Keep an eye out for standout freshman DT Dexter Lawrence. The Tigers' march to Orlando and beyond continues this week.

Pittsburgh prospect to watch

1. James Conner 6'2 230 RB Junior

- Connor has one of the more heartwarming stories in all of sports this year as he has battled back from Hodgkins' Lymphoma AND a torn knee suffered in the same year. As for Connor the prospect, he's a bowling ball downfield that possesses a similar build to the Titans' own Derrick Henry. Due to a illness and injury stricken 2015, he's one of the more underrated prospects in the class at his position. Before last year, he was considered to be one of the best backs in the ACC. right alongside Dalvin Cook. A physical runner with good agility.

Clemson prospects to watch

1. DeShaun Watson 6'2 210 QB Junior

- The nation's best quarterback prospect this year. Watson, if he stays healthy and produces like he's expected to, should be the top pick next year. He has all the intangibles, especially toughness because he beat South Carolina during his freshman year on a torn ACL. His game and frame are similar to Teddy Bridgewater. Declared for the draft.

2. Mike Williams 6'4 210 WR Junior

- Williams returns to action as he missed the entirety of the 2015 season after injuring his neck in a collision with the goal post during the first game. He has a ton of speed and agility similar to former teammate, Steelers WR Martavis Bryant. Great route runner as well. Declared for the draft.

3. Cordrea Tankersley 6'1 200 CB Senior

- Mackensie Alexander who? Tankersley has that kind of ability. He is the veteran and defensive general of the Tigers secondary going through a rebuilding phase. Fundamentally sound as a tackler. Work ethic is good. One of the top corner prospects in the country.

4. Carlos Watkins 6'3 305 DT RS Senior

- The next great Tigers defensive lineman in the factory. Not the best athlete in the world but gets the job done in steady manner. Knows how to use his size to leverage his lack of athleticism. Projects as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or needs to be paired with a more athletic tackle in a 4-3.

#20 USC at #4 Washington 7:30 FOX

- USC has rebounded to a top 20 ranking after a dismal start to the year behind the arm of redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold. In the past five games, they have scored at least 41 points in four of them. The Trojans are coming off a thorough 45-20  beatdown of the Ducks last week while the Huskies trounced Cal 66-27. The Huskies rightfully gained the fourth spot after Texas A&M lost last week. Can they hold it there in wild and wacky Seattle against an improving Trojans team? Will the Trojans shake the playoff rankings once more with an upset?

USC prospects to watch

1. JuJu Smith-Schuster 6'2 220 WR Junior

- JuJu burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2014, taking much of the hype away from current Eagles WR Nelson Agholor and Jaguars WR Marqise Lee. Now he's a wise old veteran junior, ready to go pro like the Trojan receivers before him. He has a bigger frame than some wideouts of this generation, coming in at 6'2 220 yet has the athleticism of someone smaller. Considered to be the top receiver prospect in the country.

2. Adoree' Jackson 5'11 185 CB/WR Junior

- Jackson is probably the nation's most dynamic athlete, playing both receiver and corner in addition to return duties. He also runs track for the Trojans in the spring. Jackson is a speed merchant with a decent amount of cornerback skills to make it in the pros if the receiver thing doesn't work out. Special teams ace with several return touchdowns. He's lived up to his lofty billing as a top recruit and then some. Expect him to go pro after 2016.

3. Zach Banner 6'9 360 OT RS Senior

- Banner is a mammoth 6'9 360 and is a true road grader type of tackle. He is a little raw in terms of technique and fundamentals d

Washington prospects to watch

1. Azeem Victor 6'3 239 LB Junior

- Victor is a physical force of nature in the vein of James Harrison. Mainly deployed as an outside pass rusher but has improved his pass coverage skills considerably. Instincts are still a work in progress but is a willing tackler. Athleticism is above average. Hand usage is average. Underrated starter for the Huskies.

2. Budda Baker 5'10 178 S Junior

- The Huskies' best defensive prospect this year. Baker can play both corner and safety. He is on the smaller size for a safety. Pass coverage is a plus asset. Possesses an center fielder mindset and will get to most balls thrown his way. Agility is excellent and can turn his hips on a dime. Versatile and athletic enough to play both ways on offense and defense. The frame is a big question mark, however.

3. Elijah Qualls 6'2 293 DL Senior

- The heir apparent to current Cleveland Brown defensive tackle Danny Shelton is a good player in his own right. Possesses a high motor and will not quit on a play until the echo of the whistle. The anchor of the defensive line and by in part, the defense. Needs to learn how to control his weight as it tends to fluctuate on the high side. A physical dominant force when he needs to be.ue to a lack of playing time but has a lot of potential. Could rise up the boards  this year.

4. Kevin King 6'2 193 DB Senior

- King will be highly sought after due to his measureables. He's a tall and lanky corner that can run for days. One of the best corners in the country in a defense full of high quality NFL prospects. Best cover corner in the Pac-12.

Bonus games to watch

Georgia Tech at #14 Virginia Tech 3:30 PM ESPNU

Texas Tech at #13 Oklahoma State 3:30 PM FS1

Stanford at Oregon 4 PM Pac-12 Network

Oregon State at UCLA 9 PM Pac-12 Network