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Jets, Rams among 6 NFL teams scouting USC-Cal game


Which college games will NFL clubs send scouts to this weekend? College Football 24/7 brings you a glimpse at the teams that are credentialed to attend some of the weekend's biggest games.

USC at Cal

Three top players: USC (LB Su'a Cravens, OL Zach Banner, QB Cody Kessler); Cal (QB Jared Goff, WR Bryce Treggs, WR Kenny Lawler).

Matchup to watch: Cravens is known for his ability to play the pass effectively, and Goff will certainly challenge Cravens with some of his shorter throws and timely checkdowns. By all indications, this should be a high-scoring game and an attractive quarterback duel between Goff and Kessler.

Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Three top players: Georgia (LB Leonard Floyd, RB Sony Michel, LB Jordan Jenkins); Florida (CB Vernon Hargreaves, LB Antonio Morrison, DL Jon Bullard).

Matchup to watch: Keep an eye on Morrison in the middle of the UF defense, and how effectively he stops the running game that Georgia must establish to win. Moreso than the injured Nick Chubb, Michel brings quickness and open-field elusiveness to the Georgia offense that could challenge Morrison more on the perimeter than between the tackles.

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Ole Miss at Auburn

Three top players: Ole Miss (DL Robert Nkemdiche, WR Laquon Treadwell, OL Laremy Tunsil); Auburn (CB Jonathan Jones, DL Montravius Adams, OL Alex Kozan).

Matchup to watch: As one of the top cornerbacks in the SEC, Jones will get a stiff test from Ole Miss' entire receiving corps, primarily from Treadwell. The Rebels are deep, athletic and big at the receiver position, so a big performance from Jones would definitely draw scouts' attention.

West Virginia at TCU (Thursday)

Three top players: West Virginia (DB KJ Dillon, RB Wendell Smallwood, CB Daryl Worley); TCU (WR Josh Doctson, QB Trevone Boykin, WR Kolby Listenbee).

Matchup to watch: Doctson's performance against the WVU secondary, particularly Worley, will be a key individual battle in determining the outcome. As for the scouting of the two, Doctson is already projected to go early in the draft. That means Worley has the bigger opportunity.

North Carolina at Pittsburgh (Thursday)

Three top players: North Carolina (OL Landon Turner, WR Quinshad Davis, OL Caleb Peterson); Pittsburgh (WR Tyler Boyd, CB Lafayette Pitts, LB Matt Galambos).

Matchup to watch: As the Panthers' inside linebacker, Galambos will take on two of the best guards in the ACC in Turner and Peterson. On the other side of the ball, a revamped UNC defense faces one of the nation's elite receivers in Boyd.

Oregon at Arizona State (Thursday)

Three top players: Oregon (DL DeForest Buckner, RB Royce Freeman, WR Bralon Addison); Arizona State (RB/WR D.J. Foster, QB Mike Bercovici, DB Jordan Simone).

Matchup to watch: Arizona State isn't likely to challenge Buckner directly with its rushing attack, which means the senior will likely have to show his ability to pursue and make plays outside his gap in order to get involved. Buckner is the top pro prospect in the game.

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