Ok, so I’ve skirted on the last few Saturday threads. We’ve got so much going on at TST that I haven’t had time to get into college threading, and that makes me sad. There’s so much to talk about from the NFL minors!
Let’s do this.
12pm ET/9am PT, FOX
Look, there’s an appetite to get into the Sooners. Three games in, the offense looks predictably fantastic. QB Jalen Hurts looks ridiculous after transferring from Alabama. But this just aint it. The Red River Rivalry is in two weeks. That’s must-see. West Virginia and Kansas State follow. That’s draft-worthy scouting.
So resist the urge. There’s time. Hurts, C Creed Humphrey, WR CeeDee Lamb, TE Grant Calcaterra, LB Kenneth Murray and others have bigger games in front of them.
12pm ET/9am PT, ABC
Similar setup, but better challenger.
Wisconsin passed the test (easily) against Michigan last week vaulting them into the top 10 and deserving so. Northwestern shouldn’t factor here, though NU LB Paddy Fisher is a James Laurinaitis clone. If you still haven’t peeped him, it’s perhaps worth it this week against Wisconsin’s offensive front...which is offensive.
Let’s leave this for later on (#25 Michigan State, #5 Ohio State, #14 Iowa and Nebraska all loom), but UW is looking good under Head Coach and former UW QB Paul Chryst. The O-line looks, as always, ridiculous. RB Jonathan Taylor is one of the country’s best running backs. What’s been unbelievable is not just that the Badgers’ young defense has been good, but how good they’ve been. They didn’t allow a single point in their first two games, and they suffocated the Wolverines early en route to a 35-14 rout.
12pm ET/9am PT, ESPN
12pm ET/9am PT, ESPN2
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at #20 Michigan
12pm ET/9am PT, BTN
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, ABC
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, CBS
#18 Virginia Cavaliers at #10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, NBC
Now we’re talking.
UVA ‘s draft crop is led by CB Bryce Hall who is in first-round discussions, but EDGE Charles Snowden is of interest too. And with the Bronco Mendenhall era starting to bring the Hoos into the discussion, this one takes on significance.
That’s more important to compartmentalize after Notre Dame’s pathway to relevance was ruined by their loss to Georgia last week that meant that they would have to get through the rest of the year unblemished.
#21 USC Trojans at #17 Washington Huskies
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, FOX
Last week’s big win over Utah Utes helped things tremendously for USC’s outlook given what they have this week and two weeks from now after a bye with a strong UW team and #10 Notre Dame in mid-October. It’s been a dramatic season from the outset with Head Coach Clay Helton on the hot seat and the injuries at quarterback. Were it not for the loss to BYU, things would look exceptional heading into this one. As for the draft, USC’s looking unusually light. They’re also unusually young, so that’s perhaps to be expected. Should we get some early declares, they could factor more heavily before Day 3. WR Michael Pittman, Jr., will have supporters, but the list of oversized underathletic wideouts who have flamed out in the NFL is looooooooooooong. He’s going to find a suitor though.
Washington though is stacked, and Los Angeles Rams fans will likely want to get a look here as UW is turning into a bit of a feeder school with five Huskies on the roster: CB Marcus Peters, LB Cory Littleton, S Taylor Rapp, DT Greg Gaines and C Coleman Shelton. While many will key in on Georgia transfer QB Jacob Eason, Rams fans are going to want to check out LT Trey Adams. He was penciled in for top 1st round stock before injuries derailed his last two seasons. His medical check at the combine will be key, but now teams are going to want to see more experienced performance given that he’s two years progressed. Both TE Hunter Bryant and WR Aaron Fuller are NFL talents. And C Nick Harris is intriguing in what’s going to be a very, very good center class in the draft.
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, Big Ten Network
Nah. IU just aint it, and MSU has Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin comin up.
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, ESPN
Sneaky good game. ISU’s unusually not bad! Baylor’s undefeated! This game is on ESPN! Things are happening!
Not a ton of draft talent, and not a ton that lines up for the Rams 2020 roster outlook though. Fun game!
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, ESPN2
I can’t go full Big Ten yet. It’s still September.
7pm ET/4pm PT, ESPN
Now we’re talking.
MSU LG Daryl Williams is becoming one of my favorite IOL prospects in the country. CB Cameron Dantzler reminds me a lot of former Rams CB Trumaine Johnson in a good way.
Auburn is playing good football, though they’re being powered by a youth movement. DT Derrick Brown is a first-rounder, and man has he been playing like it. Can’t say the same for LT Prince Tega Wanogho. DE Nick Coe looks like a 3-4 DE, but not sure he can go before Day 3. And he might be a UDFA, but I don’t know how you couldn’t want Big Kat Bryant on your team. His name is Big Kat, man. Big Kat.
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT, ABC
Finally, an OSU game worth watching this year!
OSU is, unsurprisingly, loaded. EDGE Chase Young is playing like a #1 overall pick albeit against softer competition. His tape in the big games is what’s going to decide where in the top 5 he goes. CB Jeffrey Okudah might land in the first round. And RB J.K. Dobbins might be my favorite running back of the class. Tons of mid-draft prospects on both sides of the ball.
Nebraska’s not draft-heavy, but the real pain here is the loss the Huskers bring in. They were ranked #25 in Week 2 when they lost to the Colorado Buffaloes. Had they been able to get out of that with a W, we’d have a ranked-on-ranked with a top 5 and a top 20. Damn you, Colorado!