Happy Saturday, everyone!
Once again the college football schedule makers decided to present us with yet another impossible decision as to which game to watch. But, unlike in previous weeks, we don’t have to wait until the third game of the day to try and make the decision.
Game 1 - Notre Dame vs. NC State
NBC - 3:30 p.m.
Depending on how the Giants play in their last nine games, Notre Dame’s left tackle and left guard could be in play for their first overall pick. Both OT Mike McGlinchey and LG Quenton Nelson are smart, tough, physica, hard-nosed lineman who would instantly upgrade the Giants’ line. McGlinchey would likely immediately start at right tackle, with the potential for competing for the left tackle job. Nelson is a powerful, agile, 330-pounder who, if the Giants re-sign D.J. Fluker, could make the Giants’ interior something to be feared — by defenses.
They’ll have a stiff test in NC State’s Bradley Chubb, a complete defensive end who has been a nightmare for blockers this season. Through seven games so far, Chubb has 37 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks, and has at times simply taken over games (most notably against Florida State).
Game 2 - Penn State vs. Ohio State
FOX - 3:30 p.m.
With the Giants’ staring at a top-three draft selection, it makes sense to familiarize ourselves with the top prospects, and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is hands down the best player in the draft.
He will face his stiffest test of the season going against the Ohio State defense.
The OSU defense is just littered young men who will be playing — starting — in the NFL in the near future. Of particular interest are defensive ends Sam Hubbard, and Tyquan Lewis — both of whom are athletic edge rushers, and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones (a potential first-round 3 techinque at the next level).
On the offensive side, keep an eye on center Billy Price. Price is one of the best centers in the country, with the feet and power to hold up in pass protection as well as be a force in the run, and the versatility to play guard or center. With Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, D.J. Fluker, and Brett Jones all entering free agency, a player like Price could be of interest.
Game 3 - UCLA vs. Washington
ABC - 3:30 p.m.
This game would probably be my pick of the time slot if Washington left tackle Trey Adams hadn’t gone down for the season with a torn ACL. Adams is a big, long, and athletic blocker who was starting to generate buzz as a potential top pick at his position.
However, Washington has plenty of talent remaining on their roster, on offense and defense, to watch.
UCLA QB Josh Rosen will be the player to get the most publicity this game. He is in contention to be the top quarterback in the 2018 draft — If he decides to declare. Rosen is already a mechanically sound, accurate, and efficient passer. However, at 20 years old he could be well served by returning to school for his senior season and gaining all the experience he can before moving up to the next level.
So, which game will you be watching? I think I might just roll the dice and let fate decide.