Saturday will be bittersweet for college football fans because, for many, while it offers the biggest game of the year — Georgia vs. Alabama – it also brings the 2021 season to an end apart from the bleak games. Let’s soak them all before it’s too late.
Baylor number 9 at number 5 in the state of Oklahoma
Saturday, December 4 at 12 p.m. ET on ABC
It won’t be the flashiest game from an NFL Draft perspective, but it’s a great opportunity to grab the attention of some new players.
Baylor flies to football. Linebacker Terrel Bernard is a bit underrated by traditional standards but is perfect for the modern game. He is a side walker to sidestep. Safety Jalen Pitre looks larger than his listed size and looks a bit like someone who likes to worry about safety; again, perfect for the modern game. NFL team are looking for soccer-focused players and these two are a good match.
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Rerun Abram Smith has taken on a larger role and, no pun intended, has run with it this season. He is an athlete who will fight through contact.
Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders plays a bit like a roller coaster. He throws two touchdowns for every one interception, but averages 4.4 yards per take, making him the team’s second top driver. Safety Kolby Harvell-Peel has been on high performance, accumulating 10 interceptions over the past three seasons.
#1 Georgia vs #3 Alabama
Saturday, December 4 at 4 p.m. ET on CBS
A book can be written about the talent in this game. These two teams are loaded
Georgia wide receiver George Pickens ran aerial routes and tried to get back on the field after a torn ACL he suffered in the spring. While fit, he proved himself to be one of the best players in college football.
Bulldogs are loaded in front seven. It’s easy to talk about being constantly hyped — and rightly so — headquarters quarterback Nakobe Dean and spearhead Jordan Davis. Both are likely to be first choices. Let’s talk about defensive midfielders Travon Walker and Devonte Wyatt instead. Wyatt is a large human being who happens to operate in the shadow of an absolute figure in Davis. Wyatt will guarantee doubles on multiple teams. Walker is a prospect who can play on the sideline or in the back. He plays the game with maximum effort and can quickly change its trajectory.
There’s been some love for lineback Channing Tindall lately, but linebacker Quay Walker is more of my cup of tea. His eyes were always on the back and he did an excellent job in blocking. His changes of direction are quick and smooth but his ability to cover is one area where he can improve to become a well-rounded player.
Other Georgia players of note include re-run Zamir White, re-run James Cook, offensive lineman Jamaree Sayer, safety Lewis Cine and cornerback Derion Kendrick. Kendrick, a Clemson transfer, is one of the best full-backs in the country but the stigma of being dismissed by Clemson follows him.
Alabama is said to have the top attacking prospect: left Evan Neal. If nothing else happens on Saturday, I just want a picture of Davis and Neal standing side by side. Both are in the vicinity of 6 foot-6, 350 pounds. Neal is an expected top pick.
The Jameson Williams wide receiver is likely to challenge Garrett Wilson of Ohio State as first off the board in that position. He is a versatile player who can play at all three levels. Jahleel Billingsley’s tight finish was the subject of much praise before the season but that has dwindled a bit. However, he is no less active.
The Crimson Tide may not have a draft-qualified player like Davis in defence but Phidarian Mathis, DJ Dale and Justin Eboigbe are all good players. Some in the draft community appreciate full-back Christian Harris but I prioritize his teammate Henry To’oTo’o. The safe battle of Jordan and wide receiver John Metchie III are some of the others to know on this team.
Number 21 Houston at Number 4 Cincinnati
Saturday, December 4 at 4 p.m. ET on ABC
Houston’s Marcus Jones is a lower corner defender, playing bigger than his size. He offers considerable value in terms of coverage and returns of special teams. His teammate, defensive midfielder Logan Hall, has also attracted a lot of attention. Hall is similar in size to Payton Turner, whose first-round finish was unexpectedly eliminated from Houston last year. His filmography shows a player capable of stacking and dumping in a running game or using his speed to shoot distances and pressurize midfielders. Hall looks like a Day 2 pick with enough ability to entice a team as a potential first-round pick.
Cincinnati full-back Desmond Ridder is a truly sporty player who has shown great leadership in key moments this season, particularly against Notre Dame. His accuracy needs to be more consistent. At this point, I’m not in the camp that will put him in the first round but it’s easy to see why he has so excited talent reviewers.
One player of interest is cornerback Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner. Gardner is locked into human coverage and is rarely tested. As a freshman, he did plays and that has a consistency that has carried throughout his career. His play has led to more chances for safe-back Coby Bryant and Bryan Cook; both will attend Reese’s Senior Bowl in January. The side hustler Myjai Sanders was billed as a potential first-round pick earlier this year, but the film isn’t showing it right now. Alec Pierce is another talented player who could get Day 2 consideration.
2nd Michigan in 13th place Iowa
Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX
Needs no introduction to Michigan’s edge runners. David Ojabo and Aidan Hutchinson enjoyed the commentators at every turn last weekend before the Wolverines took out opponents Ohio State. Each is sensational but the presence of both prevents opponents from plotting against and doubling down. Ojabo has as much speed and bends around the corner as any potential customer in this class. Hutchinson operates by force on his game.
Defensive talent goes far beyond those on the flanks. Outfielder Josh Ross, safe Brad Hawkins and defensive lineback Daxton Hill are all future NFL players.
Iowa is a tough team that operates not through the quarterback but through the center of Tyler Linderbaum. Linderbaum is a sports player who can play in space. He has some horsepower for his game and even so will put opponents in a tough spot. The former wrestler was in the top 10 prospects overall all day. Sam LaPorta’s tight finish is a well-balanced tight finish that deserves more buzz in this draft class.
#15 Pittsburgh at #16 Wake Forest
Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Pittsburgh full-back Kenny Pickett has played near-perfect football this season but don’t let anyone tell you he’s played bad football in the past. Pickett is not a threatening double defender but he has enough awareness and speed to get some yards when play breaks down. He is a savvy winger who understands what is happening in front of him and that understandably has put him on hold as one of the most promising midfielders out there. Yes.
Wake Forest’s offense is worth paying. Full-back Sam Hartman led a net draw against Jaquarii Roberson. Roberson was light but explosive, averaging 16.5 yards in 62 receptions. Offensive handling Zach Tom is a potential starter in the NFL that sometimes looks a little too laid-back.
NS Full list of weekend championship games can be found at CBSSports.com!
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