#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State NOON ABC/ESPN2
- The Cowboys travel to Ames after a heartbreaking loss in Bedlam last week. Iowa State already upset the Sooners in Ames. Can they pull off the Oklahoma double? Should be a fun game between two offenses. Cyclones HC Matt Campbell is already getting press for another job. He's been that good. Can Mike Gundy rally the troops for one last stand?
Oklahoma State prospect to watch
1. James Washington 6'0 205 WR Senior
- The best receiver in the country and it isn't particularly close. It just isn't the system inflating his numbers either. The talent outweighs the system. He's a big play threat every time he touches the ball. Excellent route runner. It can be argued that he is the best receiver in program history.
Iowa State prospects to watch
1. Joel Lanning 6'2 236 LB Senior
- Lanning has been a revelation at linebacker this year after being a QB for most of his stay in Ames. It's remarkable how fast his transition to the position has been.
2. Allen Lazard 6'4 223 WR Senior
- A woefully underrated receiver prospect. He's not the fastest athlete out there but is very physical at the catch point. Can go up and get it in the red zone with impunity. Very good route runner.
#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn 3:30 PM CBS
- The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry has a ton of intrigue this year as the undefeated Bulldogs faces an upset minded Auburn team looking for a backdoor into the playoff. UGA has already clinched the SEC East so even with a loss, their spot in Atlanta is guaranteed. Can Auburn get anything going against one of the best defenses in the country? Auburn needs to win out to save HC Gus Malzhan's job amid a terrible time within the athletic department. These two schools even made Chik Fil-A start hosting a giant party outside on the Georgia-Alabama border near where I currently reside. Prediction: Georgia 28 Auburn 24
Georgia prospects to watch
1. Roquan Smith 6'0 225 LB Junior
- Smith might be the best linebacker in the SEC if not the whole country. He has really blossomed under the stewardship of HC Kirby Smart. He is the defensive leader for the Bulldogs fearsome stop unit. A tackling machine with great fundamentals. Position versatile as he can play both in and out. I have size concerns as he is only a listed 225 (which isn't too light by any means but still). Could consider going pro early.
2. Nick Chubb 5'10 225 RB Senior
- Two words: He Back. Chubb is back to being the NICK CHUBB that we know after struggling with post injury recovery last year. He's threatening UGA's career rushing records held by the venerable Herschel Walker. He's been that good. Made a smart business decision (in hindsight) to return for a senior season. Medicals will be interesting to keep an eye on during the offseason process.
3. Lorenzo Carter 6'5 243 EDGE Senior
- Carter has finally solidified his presence as a defensive force as a senior after showing glimpses in the past. A former five star recruit that took some time develop into the monster that he is today. Can be used as both an end and outside linebacker. Has lined up pretty much everywhere. Best suited as a standup OLB in the pros. Leonard Floyd who? Carter has been that good.
Auburn prospects to watch
1. Carlton Davis 6'1 203 CB Junior
- Davis is the best corner on the team. NFL teams will love his size (if accurate). Has had bouts of inconsistency throughout his junior campaign. Gifted athlete that can keep up with nearly every receiver. Should stay in school but likely will go pro given Auburn's instability in the coaching staff.
2. Jarrett Stidham 6'2 214 QB RS Sophomore
- On a good day, Stidham is one of the best QBs in the country. On a bad day (aka against really good defenses like Clemson), he's just a guy. He really should have selected another school as it will take a long time if ever to shake loose of the bastions of poor QB development that are the Baylor and Auburn programs. Arm talent is a plus. More athletic than given credit for. A semi decent pass rush will have him spooked into seeing things that aren't there.
Florida State at #4 Clemson 3:30 PM ESPN
- Yeah, this one isn't going to be close. Florida State just had to reschedule a previously canceled game to hope for bowl eligibility. Clemson has QB questions to answer, however. Regardless of that, Clemson is just too talented to lose this one to a somewhat checked out FSU team. Prediction: Clemson 40 FSU 17
Florida State prospects to watch
1. Derwin James 6'3 212 S Junior
- The best safety prospect in the nation without question. He's an elite athlete with great instincts. The engine that makes the Noles defense hum. A physical force tackling opponents. Has had an inconsistent 2017 season thus far. It seems like he's hesitant because of the knee issue. Can also return kicks.
2. Derrick Nnadi 6'1 313 DT Senior
- Nnadi is the latest prospect in a long line of productive Seminole defensive tackles. He really came on as a junior and could've gone pro but came back to school. A handful to deal with on the interior. Just starting to scratch the surface of his talents. He's the anchor that the Noles have relied upon during a hopeless season.
Clemson prospects to watch
1. Mitch Hyatt 6'5 304 OT Junior
- The best tackle in the class and it isn't particularly close. He has started at left tackle since he first stepped on campus and hasn't looked back. Very fundamentally sound. One of the most dominant left tackles that I've seen in a long time.
2. Deon Cain 6'1 190 WR Junior
- It can be argued that he's one of the fastest deep threat receivers in the country. A terrific overall athlete with much better route running skills than anticipated. He has been relatively quiet in the past month or so due to QB issues. Is he the next stud receiver from Clemson to go pro early?
3. Christian Wilkins 6'4 300 DL Junior
- Has played both tackle and end in his career. Great athlete. Impressive tackling skills. The general for the feared Tigers defense that has shown very little regression from last year. Work ethic and character are pluses.
4. Dexter Lawrence 6'4 340 DT Sophomore
- He hasn't been the dominant freshman that took the country by storm last year but still effective as a sophomore.
#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami 8 PM ABC
- Catholics vs. Convicts. The history between these two school is a very illustrious one. Notre Dame is third thanks to their only loss being to a top ranked Georgia in South Bend. Miami is undefeated after surviving yet another scare against VT last week. It should be another classic between these two historically good programs.
Notre Dame prospects to watch
1. Mike McGlinchey 6'8 312 OL RS Senior
- The whole country was shocked when he returned to school for this year. He was the best offensive tackle in the 2017 draft class by far. A surefire top 20 lock had he opted for the draft. Has played both left and right tackle in career. A massive mountain at tackle. Experienced as a RS Senior. He's the best tackle in this year's class too. Fundamentally sound. Doesn't get beat often.
2. Equanimeous St. Brown 6'5 204 WR RS Sophomore
- It can be argued that ESB is the best overall receiver in the class, not only just for his impressive physical traits, either. He's a playmaker in the short and deep passing game. The injury history is a little worrisome as he missed 2015 with a shoulder issue. An athletic freak with good fundamentals. It's not fair what he can do to defensive backs.
3. Quenton Nelson 6'4 330 OL RS Junior
- Nelson is the country's best guard prospect, no questions asked. He's a brick wall and defenders rarely beat him. Footwork excellent. IQ is a plus. My only question is that can he play tackle if necessary? Chance Warmack level of college prospect. He's one of the better ones to come out in a while.
Miami prospects to watch
1. Chad Thomas 6'6 275 DE Senior
- Thomas is the Hurricanes' best defensive lineman and has been for a number of years now. He's a quick twitch athlete with a bit of power in his game. A former five star recruit that has more than lived up to the hype.
2. Shaq Quarterman 6'1 240 LB Sophomore
- He's one of the best linebackers in the country, regardless of draft class. He's that good. A monster in the middle and the leader of the Canes defense. A tremendous athlete for his size and can cover sideline to sideline with little issue. A first round talent next year should he choose that route.
3. Ahmonn Richards 6'1 190 WR Sophomore
- Richards has a legitimate chance at being one of the more talented receivers in school history. His speed is elite. Route running and hands are above average as well. Not an one trick pony. Knows which route and when to run it to perfection. He's been hurt and is likely going through a sophomore slump. Regardless, the talent is there.
4. Malik Rosier 6'1 214 QB RS Junior
- Low key candidate to declare for the draft. He's been a mild surprise as nothing indicated that he would be this good after serving as Brad Kaaya's backup for years on end. Similar to one year wonder type to Sam Darnold. I would expect him to come back to school as a redshirt senior. The talent is pretty good overall but needs more experience as a starter.
#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma 8 PM Fox
- Does the TCU defense have enough to corral the Sooners? TCU is yet another team looking to do the Oklahoma double with a win in Norman. Can the Sooners get up for this game after an emotionally draining 62-52 shootout Bedlam win last week? Baker Mayfield can lock up the Heisman with another good performance here. Oklahoma's defense is horrid. TCU's offense is well, trying to find itself after a rough week or three.
TCU prospects to watch
1. Kenny Hill 6'1 205 QB RS Senior
- It's been an interesting ride for Mr. Hill in his college career. He transferred to TCU after being released from his Texas A&M obligations. A pretty good athlete that has been compared to Johnny Manziel in the past. Has grown up tremendously from being an immature college kid to a model teammate. Off field questions will follow him however at the next level. An above average arm with decent pocket awareness. Has been struggling lately. Turnover prone.
Oklahoma prospects to watch
1. Baker Mayfield 6'1 215 QB RS Senior
- Mayfield is up to his old tricks again. He's a dynamic athlete that can play QB with the best of them. A divisive figure within the scouting community due to athleticism. Has a ton of Johnny Football in him except with much better passing ability. His performance during Bedlam should lock up the Heisman Trophy for good. He's just so much fun to watch. I think he can be Russell Wilson 2.0 at the next level.
2. Mark Andrews 6'5 254 TE RS Junior
- The best tight end prospect in the nation without question. Andrews is the presumptive favorite for the Mackey Award at this point in the season. He's been a force to deal with for the majority of his career. A great athlete. Route running is a plus.
3. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 6'0 240 OLB RS Senior
- OO has been a pleasant surprise this year for the Sooners. He's developed into one of the best pass rushers in college football. Every game that I've seen of him, he's made plays. Very good first step. Football IQ is a plus. Dominated Texas like it was nothing. Should be drafted high. A high riser up the boards. Watch more of him and you'll fall in love with his potential.
Where are the Titans scouts this weekend?