What a week, both for me and in the sporting world. Let's focus on the latter, and the confluence of the Rams and the 2012 NFL Draft through today's college football action as the prism. (Unfortunately, I didn't get to put a watchlist together for this week. I'll be back on it next week with a handful of games.)
If you're a storyline kind of sports fan, then the game for you is undoubtedly Penn St.-Nebraska. There's plenty of drama that doesn't require reiteration that makes this a unique game. From a draft standpoint, there's plenty of defensive line talent to watch headlined by Penn St. DT Devon Still and Nebraska's D-line tweener Jared Crick. There's a handful of other D-line guys worth watching too.
If you want national championship implications, Oklahoma St.-Texas Tech is the key early game. Tech already derailed one Oklahoma-based school's national championship hopes; to do so again would be a huge boost for the Red Raiders. And yes, this is another game for WR Justin Blackmon to show off against a poor pass defense. In his last two games, he has 26 catches for 377 yards. Monster.
If you just want a ton of prospects to scout, Florida-South Carolina will supply a ton of draft board names come March. South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery has struggled to establish himself in South Carolina's pitiful post-Garcia offense. There's solid offensive line options, especially from Florida (though RS sophomore Jonotthan Harrison has really been struggling with his shotgun snaps and was replaced late in Florida's win over Vanderbilt last week - he can block, but he's got to get the snap issue worked out).
And defensively, there's talent all over the place. Florida's D-line is stacked with young talent, South Carolina's defensive end trio of senior Melvin Ingram, junior Devin Taylor and freshman Jadaveon Clowney is as potent as any in the country. Florida RS soph OLB Jelani Jenkins is one of the best in the country. And there's talent in the secondaries of both team.
So there's your primer. Drop your observations here throughout the early afternoon.