Fun setup today. Most of the top teams have softer matchups. #4 Ohio State already put theirs in the bag downing Northwestern with ease last night, 52-3. The setup looks favorable for those kinds of games...but last week reminded us that anything can happen as then-#3 Georgia lost to South Carolina in double overtime in a mistake-filled performance.
There are three really fun games going down though that are worth tuning in for their entirety today with 2020 NFL Draft-level talent.
#12 Oregon Ducks (5-1) at #25 Washington Huskies (5-2)
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, ABC
The Pac-12 is under the microscope today with two games, this being the first. If the Pac-12 North is going to weigh in on the national stage and the playoff push, the only team with a chance to do so is the Oregon Ducks. Everyone else is already carrying two losses and we’re not even to November yet. Los Angeles Rams fans should be interested here to watch both Oregon’s offensive line and their stellar defense led by LB Troy Dye.
For UW, it’s all about their offense with LT Trey Adams leading things. He’d already be in the NFL were it not for some injuries derailing things, but he’s still looking the part of a top 50 pick. The injury check at the combine is obviously huge for him. Today’s a good day to see how he holds up against Oregon true freshman phenom EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux.
#17 Arizona State Sun Devils (5-1) at #13 Utah Utes (5-1)
6pm ET/3pm PT, Pac-12 Network
Not the most talented teams. Maybe the best coached and most technically sound. Both defenses are stifling, but ASU’s last performance against Washington State definitely got under Head Coach Herm Edwards’ skin.
Utah’s got more front-loaded draft-ready talent, but the battle of running backs is really fun here. ASU RB Eno Benjamin could get drafted before Utah RB Zack Moss, but both are coming to the league.
#16 Michigan Wolverines (5-1) at #7 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0)
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT, ABC
Love the whiteout in Happy Valley. Fun times.
After a month of ease, PSU kicked their season off in earnest last week with a hard-fought win against Iowa. It’s another big test today against UM. EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos remains their top prospect; Michigan LT Jon Runyan will have his hands full. And it’s a big opportunity for diminutive RS sophomore WR KJ Hamler. His size is going to be a major detriment at this level, but he’s playing great football. If he puts up big performances against opponents like this, to say nothing of PSU’s late November meetup with Ohio State, he’s going to start inviting calls to declare early despite his size.
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