The final weekend of regular season college football is upon us and it is rivalry weekend, which means it is even more enjoyable.
Let’s take a look at the best matchups and the prospects to keep an eye on.
#1 Ohio State at #13 Michigan, 10:00 a.m. Arizona time, Fox
The Game is back and has some of the best prospects on display today. We all know about Chase Young, who is likely to be out of reach, but what about Jeffrey Okudah the talented Buckeyes cornerback? If the Cards are moving on from Patrick Peterson, maybe Okudah could be an option. Malik Harrison is a solid two-way linebacker who has done it for years for the Buckeyes.
For the Wolverines, Josh Uche is the one I am watching. He is a high energy secondary rusher who has gotten progressively better each and every year for Michigan. He is the type of guy you love in the mid rounds of the draft.
#5 Alabama at #15 Auburn, 1:30 p.m. Arizona time, CBS
Derrick Brown of Auburn is a nice interior defensive lineman who is going to give us a great look at what he can do against real offensive line talent.
Like Alex Leatherwood of Alabama. The massive Bama tackle is someone who makes sense for the Cardinals if they decide to go the route of offensive line and they are outside of the top ten.
The Tigers have their own offensive tackle who is going to get a test today as well. Prince Tego Wanogho will have to deal with a talented Bama pass rusher duo of Anfernee Jennings (7.5 sacks) and Terrell Lewis (6 sacks). He may even get some reps against interior lineman Raekwon Davis. The Bama defense is always solid and I have always been a fan of those guys on day two.
The other guys I am really keeping and eye on today are the non-Jerry Jeudy Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith. Ruggs is an alleged 4.25 forty guy. He has speed to burn and is a put together athlete at 6 foot and 190 lbs.
Smith ran a 4.46 as a senior in high school and he has been a bit under the radar. Yet, he had 42/693/6 as a sophomore and is putting up a crazy 60/1120/13 this year. He’s a bit more linear at 6-1 and 175, but he looks like a bit smaller version of Chris Godwin (smaller in frame, both are 6-1). I really like Smith as a potential early day two guy that can win in a variety of ways.
#7 Oklahoma at #21 Oklahoma State, 6:00 p.m. Arizona time, Fox
CeeDee Lamb is the main draw, but Creed Humphrey is an interior lineman who was the center for Kyler Murray for 12 games last year. Kenneth Murray is an inside backer with the size/speed that NFL teams are looking for.
However, the guy I am really watching is Chuba Hubbard, the running back out of Oklahoma State. Hubbard may be the fastest player in all of college football and he runs out of a similar offense to what Kliff Kingsbury likes to run. If the Cardinals are keeping their options at running back open, the 6-1 207lbs Hubbard could be the guy to watch.
Finally, it is hate week in Arizona.
Arizona at Arizona State, 8:00 p.m. Arizona time, ESPN
Enjoy the late night ESPN show.
It is the final time we will see Brandon Aiyuk in Tempe and he is a player that would be a great fit to stay in state. He is a dynamic playmaker, a guy who can return punts and win inside or out. He’ll be a day two lock when all is said and done.
Enjoy the day.