I said last week that last Saturday was the last day to do something with your day besides watching college football.
Now into November, the best of the lower league is on full display. And don't think the Rams aren't involved...
If the draft is the final exam, then Thursdays and Saturdays are homework. If you're gonna avoid failing, you've gotta do enough of the latter to ensure you have a chance at nailing the former.
Let's do some homework.
Wisconsin (5-2) at Rutgers (5-3) - ESPN
Maryland (5-3) at Penn St. (4-3) - ESPN2
November noontimes are for mediocre Big Ten scouting. And I love it.
So I'm grabbing the ESPN duo as an extension of last week's Wisconsin-Maryland matchup. Here's what I said about that one:
You get the explosiveness of Maryland's Stefon Diggs compared to Wisconsin's ground and pound offense led by RB Melvin Gordon. Lacking in entertainment, but scoutable,
And my God did that ground and pound embarass Maryland. The Badgers ran out to a 52-0 lead (God bless college football :)) before Diggs scored a garbage-time TD. The big story here was Wisconsin's 311 rushing yards, largely on the back of RB Melvin Gordon who racked up 122 yards on 22 rushes with three touchdowns to show for it. What I'm looking for today is to see how that offensive line shows up against a suspect Rutgers D-line. The Scarlet Knights have been rolled over in their last two by #16 Ohio St. and #15 Nebraska. No reason the Badgers can't do the same.
And what of the Terps? They invite #8 Michigan St., the only B1G top ten team, to the DC area in two weeks following a needed bye. Today, they've got a PSU team who can't/doesn't run the ball but went two overtimes with tOSU last week in a thriller. QB Christian Hackenberg is having a bit of a sophomore slump after a wonderful freshman season, but the Nittany Lions' defense is impressive.
You could do worse.
#7 TCU (6-1) at #20 West Virginia (6-2) - ABC/ESPN2 (coverage map)
WVU WR Kevin White versus TCU CB Kevin White might be the best one on one matchup of the entire day. When we get to April, this is a matchup we should be able to point to directly for these two who are headed to the NFL.
Florida (3-3) *vs. #11 Georgia (6-1) - CBS
* - played at neutral site: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. I miss the South. :(
#3 Auburn (6-1) at #4 Ole Miss (7-1) - ESPN
This game is bigger for the college landscape than it is for scouting.
Auburn's going to send talents up to our level in WR Sammie Coates, C Reese Dismukes and DT Gabe Wright who could all be gone before day 3. Ole Miss is loaded for the future, but I don't see any potential day one guys and maybe only FS Cody Prewitt and CB Senquez Golson go on day two.
But it's still a wonderful, wonderful matchup. Plus you get Dr. Bo who channels the spirit of Eli Manning in never knowing what you're going to get. Go operate, Dr. Bo.
Stanford (5-3) at #6 Oregon (7-1) - FOX
I suppose if you're just anti-SEC and anti-playoffs, you could head to this one.
Stanford just hasn't been up to the challenge this year. Three ranked opponents, three losses. But they've got a near-sure 1st rounder in OT Andrus Peat, a 1st round/2nd round fencer in WR Ty Montgomery and whoknowswhat QB Kevin Hogan plus a handful of day three guys. Oh, and Oregon. There's a lot of NFL here.
#12 Arizona (6-1) at #22 UCLA (6-2) - ESPN
#17 Utah (6-1) at #14 Arizona St. (6-1) - FOX Sports 1
A solid duo from the Pac-12 in the late sesh.
You've got WR talents in Arizona St. Jaelen Strong and Arizona Austin Hill. Utah's Dres Anderson would be there with those two, but he's out for the season now with a knee injury he picked up late against USC.
Utah's defense has some NFL guys in DE Nate Orchard and CB Eric Rowe.
But the key here is UCLA QB Brett Hundley who we talked about mid-week after he was mocked to the Rams at #8 by B/R's Matt Miller.
Still, it's a good week that serves as a solid introduction to November which just gets silly next week.
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