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College football Week 11: Lots of great games, players to watch

One of college football’s best rivalry games is this week, not to mention some great scouting opportunities

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Happy Saturday everyone, and welcome to Week 11 of the college football season. It’s that point in the schedule when we start seeing rivalry games, and we get one of the most fun this week in the “Bedlam” game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

As usual, I always suggest watching Alabama (which is playing Mississippi State) and Wisconsin (which is playing Penn State). We also know, per Chase Goodbread of that the New York Giants will be scouting the Alabama/Mississippi State game at 3:30 p.m. which will be on CBS. They will also be scouting West Virginia vs. TCU, which will be on FS-1 at noon.

Let’s take a look at some other games that might be interesting.

(10) Ohio State at (18) Michigan State

FOX - Noon

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on these two teams. The biggest change came for Ohio State, which lost prospective No. 1 overall pick Nick Bosa to a core muscle injury. He then withdrew from school to concentrate on rehab and preparing for the NFL draft. Fortunately for Ohio State, they still have a number of future NFL players on their defensive line.

Also, quarterback Dwayne Haskins is drawing interest, though it is still up in the air whether or not he will (or should, as a red-shirt sophomore) enter the 2019 NFL Draft, but it is worth doing your homework on him.

Players to watch

Ohio State

  • Dwayne Haskins (QB)
  • K.J. Hill (WR)
  • Mike Webber (RB)
  • Dre’Mont Jones (DT)
  • Robert Landers (DT)
  • Tuf Borland (ILB)
  • Kendall Sheffield (CB)

Michigan State

  • Brian Lewerke (QB)
  • Raequan Williams (DT)
  • Kenny Willekes (EDGE)

Oklahoma State at (6) Oklahoma

ABC - 3:30 p.m.

If I’m being honest, this game has little to do with scouting (though there will certainly be players you’ll want to watch, particularly along the Oklahoma OL) and more about enjoying a football game that should be a blast.

This game is almost always a wild one, and Oklahoma continues to have one of the most fun offenses in college or the NFL. Kyler Murray might be going on to have a career as a professional baseball player after this year, but he is still one hell of a college quarterback — and “Hollywood” Brown is one of the most exciting receivers around.

Making things even more interesting, OK State running back Justice Hill took to Instagram to post about the game, tagging Oklahoma players as “little boys” and “kids.”

Players to watch

Oklahoma State

  • Justice Hill (RB)
  • Jordan Brailford (EDGE)


  • Cody Ford (OL)
  • Bobby Evans (OL)
  • Ben Powers (OL)
  • Rodney Anderson (RB)
  • Marquise Brown (WR)

(2) Clemson at (17) Boston College

ABC - 8 p.m.

Depending on how the remainder of the season plays out, this game could be very interesting to the Giants. This game features a pair of matchups between offensive and defensive lines which could be great scouting fodder in the lead-up to the draft.

The marquee matchup will be between BC guard Chris Lindstrom and the Clemson defensive front. The Tigers field one of the best defensive lines in all of college football, with a trio of players in Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, and Christian Wilkins who could all be drafted in the first round. Lindstrom is in the running to be one of the top guards in the draft, and this could be the first game scouts go back and watch after the season.

On the other side is Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt and Boston College defensive end Zach Allen. Allen doesn’t get much press in a crowded class of pass rushers, but he is remarkably solid, first as the anvil to Harold Landry’s hammer, and now as “The Guy.” At 6-foot-5, 285, he should be able to play on either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive line, and could best fit as a 3-4 defensive end. Hyatt is an experienced left tackle who became Clemson’s starter as soon as he walked on campus. He has all the tools to be a starter at the NFL level, but has yet to put it all together and play up to his potential.

Players to watch


  • Clelin Ferrell (EDGE)
  • Christian Wilkins (DT)
  • Dexter Lawrence (DT)
  • Austin Bryant (EDGE)
  • Kendall Joseph (LB)
  • Trayvon Mullen (CB)
  • Mitch Hyatt (OT)

Boston College

  • Chris Lindstrom (OG)
  • Zach Allen (DE/EDGE)
  • Wyatt Ray (EDGE)