Hawaii vs Ohio State
3:30 EST Big Ten Network
This should be no contest as Hawaii is walking into the lions den and will likely leave stripped to the bone. But for quarterback Max Wittek, the USC transfer who played reasonably well during the season opener, it’s a game that could make his season. The senior signal caller, who completed 50% of his passes during the victory over Colorado with 3 scores and 2 interceptions, is considered by most scouts a street free agent though they are intrigued by his physical skills. The Buckeye defense is like no other Wittek will face this year and the ability to play efficient, mistake free football would enhance his draft stock.
Oklahoma vs Tennessee
6PM EST, ESPN
The OU-UT game features a battle of talented underclassmen cornerbacks.
Oklahoma’s Zack Sanchez is a smaller but talented shut down corner with next level starting potential and a prospect with first round possibilities in my opinion. Tennessee counters with Cam Sutton, another prospect with starting potential in the NFL but more of a second day pick.
Sutton will have to contend with the Sooners explosive passing offense, which gained 439 yards through the air last week, albeit against Akron. Sanchez will likely face-off against Marquez North, the Vols big-bodied game controlling receiver still recovering from a knee injury.
How Sutton handles the multi-faceted Sooners offense and Sanchez contends with his size disadvantage (assuming North dresses) has the interest of scouts.
Eastern Kentucky vs North Carolina State
6PM EST TV?
Were it not for Noah Spence, the gifted defensive lineman/pass rusher who left Ohio State for Eastern Kentucky after struggling with personal issues, this game would not be highlighted.
Spence showed the makings of a first round prospect during his sophomore campaign in 2013. He’s slightly undersized but explosive and athletic. During the season opener against Valparaiso, a school known more for its basketball program, he finished with 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 quarterback hurries and forced 1 fumble.
Saturday against North Carolina State is a step up in competition for Spence and EKU as they’ll face possibly the most underrated quarterback prospect in the nation, Jacoby Brissett. The senior signal caller is a terrific athlete who buys time in the pocket by easily eluding defenders. Brissett makes proper decisions and is much more than a run first quarterback. Scouts want to see if Spence can pressure or at least contain Brissett in the pocket as well as play within the EKU system.
Boise State vs BYU
10:15PM EST ESPN2
Boise State pass rusher Kamalei Correa, a week one riser, is a force to be reckon with off the edge. He’s fast up the field, can change direction on a dime and easily makes plays to every direction of the field.
BYU’s Ryker Mathews has been inconsistent throughout his college career. Looking like a star in the making as a freshman when he started 13 games, Ryker has since watched his game regress, starting just four games the past two seasons. Despite this scouts still believe Mathews is a draftable prospect and offers the skills to play on Sunday.
Correa presents one of the most difficult challenges Mathews will face this season. Its imperative he stop or at least slow down Correa, who’s making his way up draft boards.
Oregon vs Michigan State
8PM EST ABC
A year ago it was Oregon’s left tackle Jake Fisher, at the time stamped as a middle round prospect, trying to slow down Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, considered by many a first rounder.
This year there’s a battle between first round prospects as the skill level has elevated several notches.
As posted prior to the season, most scouts stamp Ducks defensive end Deforest Buckner as the top senior prospect in the nation. He’s a tall, playmaking lineman with growth potential and the ability to impose his will on opponents. Buckner is also a scheme diverse lineman with possibilities at defensive end in a three man front or even tackle on a four man line.
It will be up to the Spartans Jack Conklin to shut down Buckner, and the junior should be up to the task.
The former walk-on has started the past two seasons, primarily at left tackle, and has the makings of a top 20 pick. Conklin is a large blocker who plays with tremendous fundamentals and intelligence. All signs point to Conklin entering next April’s draft.