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Top six college football prospects to watch in the Conference Championship games

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Only a few conference championships stand between us and the college football bowl season. Despite uneven seasons for different conferences, the best teams in the country will be playing today. With that, some of the best players will be on display as well.

All listed times are Eastern Standard Time

  • Justin Fields (#1), Quarterback, Ohio State v. Northwestern (12 PM, Fox): Despite only playing five games this season, Justin Fields has cemented his status as one of the best quarterback prospects in the country. Fields has been brilliant every game he has played in and will likely put together another great performance against Northwestern, despite their tough defense. Ohio State is vying for title contention, so Fields will need to show out to keep them in the playoff picture.
  • Mike Rose (#23), Linebacker, ISU v. Oklahoma (12 PM, ABC): Mike Rose has been one of the top linebackers in the country this year. His stellar play has been crucial in ISU’s success this season and facing down Oklahoma will require a continuation of that. The Sooners will attack every level of ISU’s defense with a balanced and explosive offense. Rose has a chance to show off his run and pass defense while helping ISU continue their superb season.
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (#6), Linebacker, Notre Dame v. Clemson (4 PM, ABC): In a rematch of one of the best games in the season, Notre Dame’s defense will have a harder test with Trevor Lawrence back in the lineup. Their defensive leader, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, was huge in their first win over Clemson and will need another big game today to keep Notre Dame in playoff contention. Owusu-Koramoah is an outstanding, versatile defender who can cover, defend the run and blitz. He will need his full tool box against a Clemson offense looking for revenge.
  • Zaven Collins (#23), Linebacker, Tulsa v. Cincinnati (8 PM, ABC): Zaven Collins has been one of the most exciting defenders in the country this year and a massive draft riser. Collins plays all over the place for Tulsa and has made an impact rushing the passer and as a coverage linebacker. Collins will lead Tulsa’s defense against an undefeated Cincinnati team with lots of offensive playmakers. Collins will need some signature big plays if Tulsa wants to pull off the upset.
  • Kadarius Toney (#1)/Kyle Pitts (#84), Pass Catchers, Florida v. Alabama (8 PM, CBS): Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts have been two of the most exciting playmakers in the country. Toney is a monster after the catch and Pitts is averaging almost 18 yards a reception as a tight end and has scored 11 times on 36 catches. These touchdown machines have been the engines of Florida’s excellent passing offense and they face a massive test in the SEC title game against Alabama. The Tide defense once again is loaded with talented defensive backs who’ll will challenge Florida’s passing game. Big performances form Toney and Pitts will cement their draft stock while also giving them a chance to re-enter the playoff conversation.