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College Football, Week 4: Who to watch in today’s ranked games?

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Three big games between ranked opponents today. I know what I’m watching.

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Happy Saturday New York Giants Fans! And welcome to Week 4 of the college football season.

Last week we concentrated on some of the top EDGE players in college football, and positional themes is something I’d like to continue throughout the season. But with the schedule makers giving us a game between ranked opponents — and highly ranked ones at that — in each time slot, I have to zoom in on those.

Each of these games will have plenty of future NFL players on the field, and it will be a great opportunity to watch them against a high level of competition.

So without further ado, lets get to the games!

Michigan (11) at Wisconsin (13)

Fox - noon

We start our college football Saturday off with a heavy-weight match-up in the Big 10. Both of these teams feature big, talented, and well-coached offensive lines that should have a just about every NFL scouting department interested. The best player on the field will undoubtedly be Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz (pronounced Bee-ah-dish). Biadasz would have been the top-rated offensive lineman on my draft board last year, but the red-shirt sophomore returned to school after being given a Day 2 grade by the advisory committee — personally, I want to know what tape they were watching ... Or maybe they just wanted to give Rodger Goodell another year to practice pronouncing his name.

This should be a fun, hard-fought game.

Players to watch

Michigan

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR)
  • Nico Collins (WR)
  • Jon Runyan Jr. (OT)
  • Ben Bredeson (OG)
  • Cesar Ruiz (OG)
  • Joshua Uche (EDGE)

Wisconsin

  • Tyler Biadasz (OC)
  • Cole Van Lanen (OT)
  • Jonathan Taylor (RB)
  • Zach Baun (EDGE)

Auburn (8) at Texas A&M (13)

CBS - 3:30 p.m.

The big question in this game is whether or not Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho will play. Each of these players are among the best at their respective positions and both have the potential to be first round picks. They are currently listed as day-to-day (as of this writing) and should be among the top “Players To Watch” should they take the field.

The SEC is shaping up to be a dog fight for the chance to be the third or fourth team to get in to the College Football Playoffs. There is a lot on the line for both of these teams as both Auburn and Texas A&M are jockeying for position with Alabama, Georgia, and LSU ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the nation, respectively.

Players to watch

Texas A&M

  • Jayden Peevy (iDL)
  • Justin Madubuike (iDL)
  • Elijah Blades (DB)
  • Kendrick Rodgers (WR)
  • Kellen Mond (QB)

Auburn

  • Derrick Brown (DT)
  • Nick Cole (EDGE)
  • Prince Tega Wanogho (OT)
  • Jack Driscoll (OT)

Notre Dame (7) at Georgia (3)

CBS 8 p.m.

For the second week in a row I’ll be looking at Notre Dame. Last week I highlighted EDGE Julian Okwara in the game against New Mexico, but Georgia promises to be a much tougher test for the potential first rounder. Not only do the Bulldogs boast one of the best, and best coached, offensive lines in college football, they also have one of the smartest quarterbacks in the nation.

On the Georgia side of things, whether or not mammoth OT Isaiah Wilson plays could be something to watch but Georgia has NFL talent all over their roster. We should probably pay particular attention Georgia’s defenders, as the Giants have shown a definite affinity for players developed by Kirby Smart.

Players To Watch

Notre Dame

  • Julian Okwara (EDGE)
  • Khalid Kareem (EDGE)
  • Alohi Gilman (S)
  • Liam Eichenberg (OT)
  • Tommy Kraemer (OL)

Georgia

  • Jake Fromm (QB)
  • Andrew Thomas (OT)
  • D’Andre Swift (RB)
  • Monty Rice (LB)
  • Richard Lecounte III (S)