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7 college football players to watch in Week 8

Keeping an eye on NFL Draft prospects.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 Pitt at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The college football season has moved to the halfway point and dozens of players have established themselves as the best in the country. At this point, we know who to tune in for week by week, so here is who to watch today.

Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan v. Northwestern (12 PM ET on Fox)

Michigan is off to a hot start and Aidan Hutchinson is catalyzing their success on defense. The star pass rusher is must-watch television every week and today is no different. While Northwestern might seem like an easy match, they have a solid offensive line and a strong running game that will put Hutchinson and the Wolverines to the test.

Breece Hall, Running Back, Iowa State v. Oklahoma State (3:30 PM ET on FOX)

Despite Iowa State falling off early in the year, Breece Hall has continued to be one of the best running backs in the nation. His hard running and playmaking has kept the Cyclones relevant, but now they face a huge challenge in the Oklahoma State Cowboys. OK State has the best defense in the Big 12, meaning every down will be a challenge for Breece Hall.

Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon v. UCLA (3:30 PM ET on ABC)

Let’s not forget who the best player in the country is. Kayvon Thibodeaux continues to be a force for Oregon and he is heating up again after returning from an early season injury. UCLA has a dynamic offense that can run and pass the ball well. Thibodeaux will need to dominate in all phases for Oregon to avoid the upset.

Dontario Drummond, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss v. LSU (3:30 PM ET on CBS)

Dontario Drummond has taken control of the Ole Miss passing game. With Elijah Moore off in the NFL, Drummond has emerged as one of the premier deep threats in the country; averaging almost 19 yards a catch. The senior receiver has caught at least one touchdown in all but one game this season and now he will take on a porous LSU secondary. Chances are, Dontario Drummond gets his number called quite a bit today.

Kenny Pickett, Quarterback, Pitt v. Clemson (3:30 PM ET on ESPN)

Kenny Pickett is having an awesome start to the season. The fifth year senior has thrown 21 touchdowns and only one interception as Pitt has cruised to a 5-1 start. Pickett is a smart, accurate passer who has run the Panthers offense extraordinarily well, but now has to face down a talented Clemson defense. The Tigers have been underwhelming this year, but they can still make it very hard for an opposing team. If Pickett can help the Panthers move the ball today and walk away with a win, people will need to start talking him up a bit more.

Chris Olave, Wide Receiver, Ohio State v. Indiana (7:30 PM ET on ABC)

Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are competing on what feels like a weekly basis for which is the best receiver on the Buckeyes. Wilson has one more catch and 52 more yards, but Olave has one more score. Anyway, this week Chris Olave and the Buckeyes will be taking on an Indiana team that has underperformed, but can still play pretty good pass defense. The Hoosier secondary is talented, so Olave’s big plays will mean a lot to the Ohio State offense today.

Drake London, Wide Receiver, USC v. Notre Dame (7:30 PM ET on NBC)

Drake London has been awesome this year. The huge wide receiver has eaten up targets in the USC offense and delivered big plays and touchdowns. Notre Dame is the far better team in this match up, with a great defense that features Kyle Hamilton in the secondary… So the question will be how much USC’s star receiver will impact the game.