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LSU at Alabama tops Week 11's Saturday games

  • By Chase Goodbread, Mike Huguenin and Dan Greenspan NFL.com
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Top NFL prospects won't be difficult to find Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, and neither will pro scouts, with many on hand Saturday, when LSU visits Alabama in the top game of Week 11.

Here are our top 10 games on Saturday of Week 11:

10. Fresno State at Wyoming, Saturday, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2

The skinny: Fresno State is unbeaten and has a bead on a BCS berth, assuming the Bulldogs can remain unbeaten. They have one of the most prolific passing attacks in the nation behind senior QB Derek Carr (6-foot-3, 218 pounds), who is averaging 382.6 passing yards per game, with 28 TDs and four interceptions. Sophomore WR Davante Adams (6-2, 212) heads one of the nation's best receiving corps. Senior OT Austin Wentworth (6-5, 306) has pro potential, too. Wyoming's pass-catch combination of junior QB Brett Smith (6-3, 206) and senior WR Robert Herron (5-10, 187) is potent, as well. Herron is a blazer with 42 receptions. Cowboys junior WR Dominic Rufran (6-0, 180) has seven TD receptions. Wyoming senior FS Marqueston Huff (6-0, 190), a former cornerback who already has 72 tackles this season, is likely to be a third-day draft pick; he went to high school with LaMichael James, now of the San Francisco 49ers. Don't expect much defense, and a good over-under on combined passing yards would be 700.

9. Mississippi State at Texas A&M, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

The skinny: The Bulldogs have one of the best linebacker tandems in the Southeastern Conference in Deontae Skinner and Benardrick McKinney. Unfortunately for MSU, Texas A&M makes its offensive living on the perimeter and deep down the field, two places where the Aggies can inflict plenty of damage without the Skinner-McKinney duo being around to make much of a difference. Top prospects to watch from Texas A&M include QB Johnny Manziel, WR Mike Evans and OT Jake Matthews. OG Gabe Jackson is Mississippi State's top prospect.

8. Florida State at Wake Forest, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ABC regional/ESPN GamePlan

The skinny: This should be a rout. The Seminoles are in the hunt for a national title, and the Demon Deacons lost their best player, senior WR Michael Campanaro, for the season with a broken collarbone last week. There are some individual matchups worth watching, most notably FSU senior C Bryan Stork (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) and junior guards Josue Matias (6-6, 322) and Tre Jackson (6-4, 330) vs. Wake senior NT Nikita Whitlock (5-11, 250), a little guy who wreaks havoc. Whitlock has 60 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Keep an eye on Wake Forest junior CB Merrill "Bud" Noel (5-10, 180), a native of Pahokee, Fla., who originally committed to Florida State before switching to the Demon Deacons. He'll spend his day matched up against Seminoles WRs Kelvin Benjamin (6-5, 234) and Rashad Greene (6-0, 180). Florida State redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston (6-4, 228) is a leading Heisman contender, and he should have another big day.

7. Virginia Tech at Miami, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

The skinny: This is a big game in the ACC Coastal Division race, with the Hokies needing a win over division frontrunner Miami to stay in the hunt. Both senior quarterbacks have had disappointing seasons but remain intriguing draft prospects -- count the number of references during the telecast about their strong arms. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas (6-6, 254) has 12 interceptions and hasn't been much of a threat on the ground. Miami's Stephen Morris (6-2, 218) has 12 TDs and 10 picks and again is completing less than 60 percent of his passes. Miami will be without stud tailback Duke Johnson, who is out for the season with a broken ankle. Virginia Tech can't run; will Miami be able to move the ball on the ground without Johnson? Virginia Tech's secondary is one of the best in the nation: Senior CBs Kyle Fuller (6-0, 194) and Antone Exum (6-1, 220) will be matched up with Miami senior WR Allen Hurns (6-3, 195), who caught two TD passes last week against Florida State. Miami LB Denzel Perryman (6-0, 240) is playing at a high level and leads the Hurricanes with 63 tackles. The battles between Miami senior guard Brandon Linder (6-6, 319) and Virginia Tech senior DT Derrick Hopkins (6-0, 311) will be worth watching. The same goes for Miami senior OT Seantrel Henderson (6-8, 345), who has his starting job back, against Virginia Tech senior DE J.R. Collins (6-2, 248). Collins always plays with a ton of effort; the same can't be said for Henderson, who has talent but lacks focus and consistency.

6. Auburn at Tennessee, Saturday, noon ET, ESPN

The skinny: The surprising Tigers take an 8-1 record into this storied rivalry with a couple of NFL draft prospects playing at a high level. One of them, undersized defensive end Dee Ford, is on fire as a pass rusher with at least one sack in five straight games. Tennessee's outstanding left tackle prospect, junior Antonio Richardson, is a prime candidate to snap that streak. Speaking of hot players, Auburn running back Tre Mason should cross the 1,000-yard mark for the season against the Vols. He's been held without a touchdown in only one game all year.

5. Houston at Central Florida, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

The skinny: This is the toughest remaining game for UCF, which is the frontrunner for the AAC's BCS berth. UCF's star is junior QB Blake Bortles (6-4, 230), who has a strong arm, excellent mobility and a deep receiving corps with which to work. He gets ample help from junior TB Storm Johnson (6-0, 215), who has rushed for 592 yards and nine TDs. Houston's star is sophomore WR Deontay Greenberry (6-3, 198), a big-timer who will cause problems for UCF's corners. He has 62 receptions and nine TDs, which is tied for eighth nationally. Houston true freshman QB John O'Korn (6-4, 205), a Florida native, has 22 TD passes and just four interceptions and has the look of a future star. UCF needs a steady performance from junior LB Terrance Plummer (6-1, 234), who leads the team in tackles, interceptions and forced fumbles.

4. Nebraska at Michigan, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

The skinny: This is a must-win game for Michigan if it wants to stay in the Big Ten Legends Division race; Nebraska is a game back in the division. Neither defense has played all that well, and the offenses have been inconsistent. The Huskers are led by junior TB Ameer Abdullah (5-9, 190), who is underrated nationally but leads the Big Ten in rushing (138.5 yards per game). He has breakaway speed and is an effective receiver, but he has had fumbling issues. Senior WR Quincy Enunwa (6-2, 225) is tied for the league lead in TD receptions (eight) and will be a handful for Michigan's smaller corners. The flipside: Nebraska has no one who can handle Michigan senior WR Jeremy Gallon (5-8, 184) or Wolverines sophomore TE Devin Funchess (6-4, 228). Can Michigan QB Devin Gardner (6-4, 210) play mistake-free football? That's doubtful, even against a defense as porous as Nebraska's. Michigan senior OT Taylor Lewan (6-8, 315) is one of the nation's best at his position.

3. UCLA at Arizona, Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, ESPN

The skinny: Ka'Deem Carey is on pace to lead the nation in rushing yards per game for the second consecutive season, a feat last accomplished by LaMichael James at Oregon in 2010-11. But the last team to really slow Carey down was UCLA last November, which conceded just 54 yards and one touchdown in a 66-10 demolition in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins linebackers are even better this season with the addition of freshman sensation Myles Jack to complement superstar Anthony Barr. If Carey (5-10, 207) can shred that front seven, it would be the signature accomplishment of his outstanding college career.

2. BYU at Wisconsin, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

The skinny: An interesting intersectional matchup, especially for November. Wisconsin has a shot at an at-large BCS bid but must win out. Badgers TBs Melvin Gordon (6-1, 207) and James White (5-10, 195) will tax a BYU run defense that has allowed just four rushing TDs (tied for third-fewest in the nation). BYU senior LB Kyle Van Noy (6-3, 245) is a potential first-round pick and a big-play guy. Wisconsin senior LB Chris Borland (5-11, 247) doesn't have the same measurables, but he is physical and fast and always seems to be around the ball. Wisconsin's only real receiving threat is senior WR Jared Abbrederis (6-2, 190), but he has a chest injury and may not play. BYU's top receiving threat is senior WR Cody Hoffman (6-4, 210), who could have a big day against Wisconsin's inconsistent corners. BYU sophomore QB Taysom Hill (6-2, 221) is a dangerous runner who has developed into a competent passer. Ultimately, this will be decided by Wisconsin's rushing attack. Can BYU slow Gordon and White? That seems unlikely, even if Abbrederis doesn't play.

1. LSU at Alabama, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

The skinny: You'll be hard-pressed to find more future NFL players on a college field than in Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend. Prime matchups abound. Alabama senior cornerback Deion Belue figures to spend the entire day on one of LSU's two junior receiver pro prospects, Jarvis Landry or Odell Beckham, Jr. LSU coach Les Miles already has handicapped that battle. In the trenches, LSU left tackle La'El Collins should get plenty of action against one of UA's top pass rushers in Denzel Devall, who will play for something extra as a Louisiana native. Then there is Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, a top senior prospect, who will be charged with helping to contain LSU running back Jeremy Hill, one of the top rushing talents in college football. Want more? LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger vs. Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix; Alabama guard Anthony Steen vs. LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson; Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon vs. LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow; Alabama wide receivers Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood vs. LSU cornerback Jalen Mills.

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