College Open Thread: November 23

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We're now deep enough into the season that the prospects have established their stock for the most part...but a couple big matchups offer the chance to prove that the biggest stage present the biggest opportunities to show some NFL quality.

A couple big games definitely on the cards today. Let's take a look.

And of course, here are your notes for the day courtesy of Mocking the Draft. They're hitting full stride at MTD with a new top 100 big board released yesterday.

#13 Michigan St. at Northwestern (12:00 p.m., ESPN)

Without Venric Mark who's out for the season, Northwestern doesn't have a lot to show for the next level right now. Junior center Brandon Vitabile is quality, but if you're scouting centers and not much else...well, desperation is something you have to figure out how you're gonna handle bruh. QB Kain Coulter is a fringe draft option as well. I do like safety Ibraheim Campbell. He'd fit pretty well alongside T.J. McDonald. Redshirt sophomore CB Nick VanHoose is eligible, but he'd be pretty crazy to declare. Could be a solid option to watch in 2015 though. Same goes for freshman corner Dwight White.

As for MSU, corner Darqueze Dennard looks to be a serious day two player. Redshirt sophomore DE Shilique Calhoun is the truth. He's got time to improve, so if he's back for a 2015 run in East Lansing, I could see 1st round discussion being thrown around. Of course for next year's draft, linebackers Denicos Allen and Max Bullough are in the cards.

#5 Oregon at Arizona (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2 - coverage map)

#12 Texas A&M at #22 LSU (3:30 p.m., CBS)

You've got just about every position covered between these two. The quarterbacks are a little too pricey if the Rams are looking for a Bradford backup. Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey is a top prospect, but with Zac Stacy in tow he doesn't make much sense. Oregon OW De'Anthony Thomas could be an intriguing day two choice. If the Rams are looking for a big WR who's much more NFL-ready than Brian Quick, you'd find it hard to do better than A&M's Mike Evans. LSU's Jarvis Landry has developed really well into a solid intermediate receiver. A&M might have the best tackle tandem in the country between Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi. LSU OL La'El Collins is a massive man...and a solid prospect as well. If you're looking for guard help, LSU is developing two sophomores in Vadal Alexander and Trai Turner (the latter being redshirted) that will make a lot of lists next season.

All that on just the offensive side...jeez.

#17 Arizona St. at #14 UCLA (7:00 p.m., FOX)

#8 Missouri at #24 Ole Miss (7:45 p.m., ESPN)

#4 Baylor at #10 Oklahoma St. (8:00 p.m., ABC)

That's a really solid evening trio.

Rams fans would be wise to get some of the early action from the Pac-12 matchup to catch OLB Anthony Barr and G Xavier Su'a-Filo. But with national championship implications on the line in Stillwater, I can't suggest anything but the Baylor-OSU matchup.

You've got top talents in G Cyril Richardson, RB Lache Seastrunk and SS Ahmad Dixon on the Baylor side to go along with the entertainment of seeing about eight touchdowns every game. And the Cowboys have gone from a Holgorsen-fueled offensive machine to a defensive stalwart who would be in national championship discussions themselves were it not for a disappointing loss to Holgorsen's current employer West Virginia in late September.

Let's get in.

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