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College Open Thread - Aug. 31

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North Carolina State v. Tennessee* (7:30 p.m., ESPNU) - MTD Watch Notes

* to be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Middle of the ACC vs. middle of the SEC in Georgia. You shouldn't feel horrible if you happen to miss out on this one.

Still, there's plenty there. NC State's David Amerson might be the first cornerback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. Mike Glennon is a quality QB (with an insanely long neck). Tennessee's Justin Hunter is probably the best WR prospect you haven't heard of, so take note you Rams fans of receivering desires. Get a good look at Dallas Thomas, starting at LG tonight for the Vols. Is he a tackle? Is he a guard? You can't be wrong answering either, but he's certainly good. SS Prentiss Waggner has an All-Pro name, and a decent skill set at the back of Tennessee's defense. And Tyler Bray, skinny as all get out, can play.

#24 Boise St. at #13 Michigan St. (8 p.m., ESPN) - MTD Watch Notes

There's tons worth tuning in for here.

For the MSU list (and it's long), check my preview over at Mocking the Draft. The Spartans defense is going to factor into the 2013 NFL Draft early and often, depending on how many juniors declare.

On Boise, track how WR Geraldo Boldewijn develops this season. He missed the first third of the season with Boise's issues with their Netherlands connection (I call it the Idaho Dutch Oven). Same goes for DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe on both fronts. For a program that's been offering some quality OTs to the NFL (Daryn Colledge, Ryan Clady and Nate Potter), when they suggest Charles Leno, Jr., looks the part, I listen. He's got RT experience, but he'll be manning the left side this season. At end and linebacker, there's not much experience. We'll just have to see if they have anyone NFL-caliber. While CB isn't likely on our radar, Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins are likely headed to the NFL, so take note.

Other prospects worth checking out for Rams fans:

Temple RB Montel Harris (v. Villanova - 7 p.m., ESPN3) - former Boston College standout

San Jose St. TE Ryan Otten (at #21 Stanford - 10 p.m., Pac-12 Network) - solid producer with big frame, but took a few weeks to get up to speed last year

Stanford OLB Chase Thomas (v. San Jose St. - 10 p.m., Pac-12 Network) - strong tackler who, with MLB Shayne Skov, will factor on day 2