College football Saturday is only moments from kicking off. Today’s Halloween games feature ranked teams being tested and talented underdogs looking to break their way into the top 25. Here are some NFL Draft prospects to watch who will be counted on today to help their team win.
(All times are Eastern Standard Time.)
Travis Etienne, Running Back, Clemson v. Boston College (12 PM on ABC)
Travis Etienne (#9) has been Clemson’s workhorse for a few years now, but with Trevor Lawrence recovering from Covid-19, Clemson will need to lean on the talented running back even more. Boston College is no walk in the park, and Etienne will hopefully have some more big runs in store today.
Landon Young, Offensive Tackle, Kentucky v. Georgia (12 PM on SECN)
Landon Young (#67) has looked like one of the best blockers in the country this year. The 6’7”, 320 pounder has been a cornerstone to Kentucky’s offensive success. Georgia’s defense will be a huge test for the whole Wildcat team, but Landon Young especially will be counted on to keep Bulldog disruption low.
Myjai Sanders, Edge, Cincinnati v. Memphis (12 PM on ESPN)
Myjai Sanders (#21) isn’t a household name, yet, but the athletic pass rusher has been Cincinnati’s best defender as they have started the season undefeated. The top ten Bearcats will face down an extremely productive Memphis passing game and Sanders will need to turn the heat up as a pass rusher to keep Cincinnati’s win streak going.
Marlon Williams, Wide Receiver, UCF v. Houston (2 PM on ESPN+)
Marlon Williams (#6) is the most productive receiver in the country. Through his first five games, he has averaged 150 receiving yards a contest. That is unreal levels of production. He has surpassed his 2019 12 game yardage total already and will continue his dominance against Houston’s defense today. Williams is a name to watch, even in a talented receiver class.
Jamar Johnson, Safety, Indiana v. Rutgers (3:30 PM on BTN)
Indiana’s upset of Penn State would not have been possible without Jamar Johnson’s (#22) big game. After switching to safety in the spring, Jamar Johnson looked at home last week, picking off a pass and forcing a fumble. While Rutgers isn’t a high profile opponent, Johnson’s development is an interesting 2020 storyline.
Terrace Marshall Junior, Wide Receiver, LSU v. Auburn (3:30 PM on CBS)
Justin Jefferson is in the NFL and Ja’Marr Chase sitting the season out so Terrace Marshall Junior (#6) has stepped up for the Tigers as their top playmaker. The 6’3” speedster is averaging almost 19 yards a catch and has scored nine times through four games. Against Auburn, Marshall will be targeted heavily and will likely continue to putting up big numbers.
Tylan Wallace, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State v. Texas (4 PM on Fox)
Another top receiver will be under the microscope in a pivotal conference game. Tylan Wallace (#2) has been putting up big numbers for the Okies this year and will probably have a huge game against Texas’ vulnerable defense.
Patrick Surtain Junior, Cornerback, Alabama v. Mississippi State (7 PM on ESPN)
While Alabama’s offense has been making headlines, Patrick Surtain Junior (#2) has been balling out for the Crimson Tide’s defense. While Alabama should beat Mississippi State, the Bulldogs will still challenge their passing defense. Patrick Surtain Junior will have to hold it down while Mississippi State airs it out. He will have plenty of opportunities to make big plays.
Shaka Toney, Edge, Penn State v. Ohio State (7:30 PM on ABC)
Shaka Toney (#18) had an outstanding start to his 2020 season despite Penn State’s loss to Indiana. Toney is a highly athletic, incredibly disruptive pass rusher and he will be crucial to slowing down Ohio State and their talented offense.
Demarcus Fields, Cornerback, Texas Tech v. Oklahoma (8 PM on Fox)
You don’t hear Texas Tech defenders mentioned very often, but Demarcus Fields (#23) is of the few Red Raiders’ defenders who should get NFL looks. The lanky, physical corner has good ball skills and will have plenty of opportunities to show cases them while Oklahoma throws the ball all over Texas Tech. Fields making big plays is the biggest hope TTU has of upsetting the Sooners.