Happy Saturday to one and all! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving — unless you live outside the United States, in which case I hope you had a great November 22nd.
But with Thanksgiving football now in our rear view mirror and the second meeting of the New York Giants and Philadelphi Eagles still a sleep away, it’s time to turn our attention to the football on Saturday. And after a fairly lackluster slate of games last week, we are in for a treat this week.
We found out late Friday that Dave Gettleman was in attendance for West Virginia’s game against Oklahoma. It seems likely that he was there to scout Will Grier after scouting Oregon QB Justin Herbert earlier in the year.
Obvious watch games
(4) Michigan at (10) Ohio State - FOX, Noon (Note: Giants’ scouts will be in attendance)
Auburn at (1) Alabama - CBS, 3:30 p.m.
(3) Notre Dame at USC - ABC, 8 p.m.
Okay, now that the three biggest games are out of the way, let’s take a look at a couple other games that should be interesting.
(11) Florida at Florida State
ABC - Noon
Neither of these teams are quite what they were a few years ago, with Florida challenging for the SEC title and FSU would be contending for the ACC crown. However, for a team in need of EDGE rushers — and more speed on the defense in general — this game has a couple very interesting players.
Those would be Brian Burns of Florida State and Jachai Polite of Florida. They’re different players, Burns is a long and lean rusher who already shows surprising maturity in technique, while Polite is a compact speedster off the edge.
Players to watch
- Jachai Polite (EDGE)
- Vosean Joseph (LB)
- Jawaan Taylor (OT)
- Brian Burns (EDGE)
- Demarcus Christmas (DT)
- Levonta Taylor (CB)
(7) LSU at (22) Texas A&M
SEC Network - 7 p.m.
Sadly, this game won’t be available for everyone, but if you have the SECN and are waiting for Notre Dame at USC, this one is definitely worth a watch
In particular, because given the importance of the secondary to the Giants’ defense — and the weakness of the Giants’ secondary — it is entirely possible that LSU CB Greedy Williams will be a Giant come May of 2019. But even beyond Williams, LSU has a number of prospects who could work their way in to the top - 100 of the 2019 draft.
- Greedy Williams (CB)
- Kristian Fulton (CB)
- Devin White (ILB)
- Rashard Lawrence (DT)
- Garrett Brumfield (IOL)
- Nick Brossette (RB)