Week 3. Conference showdowns. Upset-potential. Katy Perry. The sun could set on this Saturday with perennial powerhouses left clawing the rest of the way just to get a sniff at the playoff. So fire up the grill, grab your favorite koozie and settle in for some football. Here's who to keep an eye on.
Leonard Fournette: RB, LSU
vs. #18 Auburn, 2:30pm CT, CBS
Okay, maybe I'm cheating a bit here. Fournette is a true sophomore and won't be draft eligible until 2017, but that doesn't change the fact that he has the most potential of any back in college.
The 6'1, 230lb workhorse put up a 1034 yard, 10 touchdown campaign as a true freshman, drawing comparisons to Adrian Peterson. Not too shabby. He didn't miss a beat kicking off the 2016 season, rushing for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns on 28 carries against Mississippi State last week. With another dynamite performance this week, he could cement himself in the Heisman conversation.
Ronnie Stanley: OT, Notre Dame
vs. #14 Georgia Tech, 2:30pm CT, NBC
If Stanley had elected to leave college last season, he would have been the first tackle off the board. His frame is prototypical of an NFL blindside protector, with quick feet to boot. Stanley excels in pass protection, but against Virginia last week he struggled to generate a consistent push up front in the running game. #14 Georgia Tech will be his toughest test yet, and will certainly be a game tape NFL evaluators will look at later on.
Austin Hooper: TE, Stanford
vs. #6 USC, 7:00pm CT, ABC
Stanford has turned out some high-quality NFL tightends over the past few years, and Hooper seems poised to continue that trend. There is a bit of Coby Fleener in him, in terms of his feel for route running and operating in the red zone. Hooper, however, is a better run blocker than Fleener was in college.
He was suspended for the first half of Stanford's week 1 game against Northwestern, and the Cardinals felt it. After returning he hauled in 4 passes for 45 yards.
Laquon Treadwell: WR, Ole Miss
vs. #2 Alabama, 8:15pm CT, ESPN
This pick doesn't have as much to do with what Treadwell has done so far as with what he has to prove. Anyone who witnessed his gruesome, season-ending knee injury last season won't soon forget it. Before hanging up the pads for the year, he was near the top of nearly everyone's 2016 boards. If he can prove himself on primetime against one of the stingiest secondaries in the nation, he'll be right back in the conversation as one of the best receivers in the game.
His season has started relatively quiet, with 4 receptions for 44 yards against Tennessee-Martin and 5 receptions for 73 yards against Fresno State.