Early College Open Thread - Nov. 10

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

A decent schedule in week 11 raises the stakes for the 2013 NFL Draft class.

Running behind. Let's not waste time.

Check in throughout the day for gameday notes and more at Mocking the Draft.

Miami at Virginia (12:00 p.m., ABC - coverage map)

I know those of you living in Missouri are getting the Louisville-Syracuse game, but if you can find it online (and you can) or watch it in the months ahead prior to the draft, this is a key game. If you're someone who fully believes the trend of Jeff Fisher-coached teams avoiding first round offensive linemen continues, then you definitely need to check this one. Virginia LT Oday Aboushi's stock is on the rise, and RT Morgan Moses might sniff day two as well. Ironically, it's Miami's Seantrel Henderson who has the most upside as well as the most baggage. He just hasn't been committed to fulfilling his potential. But for his size (6'8", 340 lbs.) and quickness, there's no reason he couldn't be the top OT in the 2014 NFL Draft. It's too late for him to rehab his image for next April. Does that make him a mid-round steal if he declares? Only if someone lights that fire under him...

#15 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama (3:30 p.m., CBS)

Oh, this is right in my wheelhouse. Texas football + SEC = me happy. Of course with the Aggies, you've got LT Luke Joeckel and RT Jake Matthews. Plenty of NFL teams will be looking at A&M DE Damontre Moore and OLB Sean Porter to improve their defenses. And WR Ryan Swope is an interesting candidate who could help a lot of teams.

For Bama, you got a good showing last week against LSU. On offense, their strength is the O-line, stocked with guys like C Barrett Jones, G Chance Warmack and RT D.J. Fluker. And on defense...well if you have holes on defense, you're scouting Alabama.

Keep it here throughout the day for all your college watching needs.

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