Skip to main content

Patriots, Raiders among NFL teams credentialed for Miami-FSU


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.

Miami (Fla.) at Florida State

Three top players: Miami (DB Deon Bush, QB Brad Kaaya, RB Joe Yearby); Florida State (RB Dalvin Cook, DB Jalen Ramsey, QB Everett Golson).

Matchup to watch: Ramsey is one of the elite and most versatile defensive backs in the nation, and Kaaya will need to know where he is at all times. Ramsey is good enough to stay with his man with or without a pass rush, so don't be surprised to see Kaaya look in other directions to deliver the ball.

Maryland at Ohio State

Three top players: Maryland (CB William Likely, LB Jermaine Carter, DL Yannick Ngakoue); Ohio State (RB Ezekiel Elliott, OL Taylor Decker, DE Joey Bosa).

Matchup to watch: Ngakoue provides a solid pass rush for the Terrapiins, and he could be disruptive against Decker and the rest of the Buckeyes' offensive line. Maryland's offense likely isn't going anywhere in this game -- if Maryland is going to keep this one close, it will be on the defense to make it happen.

Check out the alternate college football uniforms worn during the 2015 season.

Georgia at Tennessee

Three top players: Georgia (LB Leonard Floyd, LB Jordan Jenkins, RB Nick Chubb); Tennessee (WR Marquez North, RB Jalen Hurd, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin).

Matchup to watch: After allowing 146 yards at home to Alabama's Derrick Henry last week, the Georgia defense will have to do a much better job on the road against the next power rusher on the schedule: UT's Hurd, who can be a bruiser through the hole and run with defensive backs when loose.

Florida at Missouri

Three top players: Florida (CB Vernon Hargreaves III, RB Kelvin Taylor, LB Antonio Morrison); Missouri (LB Kentrell Brothers, CB Aarion Penton, DE Charles Harris).

Matchup to watch: This could be a low-scoring game, with inexperienced quarterbacks on both sides of the ball facing defensive playmakers at every level. Missouri will need Brothers, its leading tackler, to contain Taylor, the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars star Fred Taylor, as effectively as possible.

Indiana at Penn State

Three top players: Indiana (RB Jordan Howard, DE Nick Mangieri, WR Ricky Jones); Penn State (QB Christian Hackenberg, DL Anthony Zettel, DE Carl Nassib)

Matchup to watch: The question every week with Penn State is whether Hackenberg will get enough time in the pocket to make downfield throws. Mangieri, with five sacks on the year, will have to be the primary focus of PSU's pass protection.

Take a look at the top 10 players from Texas to play in the NFL.

Arkansas at Alabama

Three top players: Arkansas (TE Hunter Henry, RB Alex Collins, OL Denver Kirkland); Alabama (DL A'Shawn Robinson, LB Reggie Ragland, DL Jarran Reed)

Matchup to watch: Reed did an outstanding job plugging gaps last week to help Alabama's defense hold Georgia RB Nick Chubb in check for three-plus quarters. Against a massive Arkansas offensive line, he'll be asked to do so again to help contain Collins. Kirkland, a tackle, won't see Reed on the edge but could take on Reed, primarily an interior player, with down blocks and an occasional double team.

Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)

Three top players: Oklahoma (RB Samaje Perine, LB Eric Striker, CB Zack Sanchez); Texas (QB Jerrod Heard, DB Duke Thomas, DL Hassan Ridgeway).

Matchup to watch: Striker can get to the quarterback in a hurry off the edge, but Heard is mobile enough to make Striker pay if he doesn't arrive under control. The Longhorns are relatively sure to give up a pile of points here; their best hope is a big game from Heard to match OU score for score.

Wisconsin at Nebraska

Three top players: Wisconsin (WR Alex Erickson, LB Joe Schobert, LB Vince Biegel); Nebraska (WR Jordan Westerkamp, DB Nate Gerry, QB Tommy Armstrong).

Matchup to watch: Armstrong could find himself under heavy pressure from the UW pass rush, led by Schobert, who already has nine sacks on the year. He's mobile enough to avoid it, but that doesn't mean he'll have adequate time to throw.

Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Three top players: Oklahoma State (QB Mason Rudolph, WR David Glidden, DB Jordan Sterns); West Virginia (QB Skyler Howard, WR Shelton Gibson, DB KJ Dillon).

Matchup to watch: The Mountaineers' secondary faces Rudolph, one of the top passers in the Big 12, without its leader, Karl Joseph, who was lost for the year with an injury in practice this week. Dillon and other WVU's experienced defensive backs will have to play their best game of the season.

Cal at Utah

Clubs attending:Miami Dolphins, New York Jets.

Three top players: Cal (QB Jared Goff, WR Kenny Lawler, WR Bryce Treggs); Utah (RB Devontae Booker, LB Jared Norris, P Tom Hackett).

Matchup to watch: Goff likes to get the ball downfield and has the arm to do it, but on checkdowns, screens and shorter throws, watch for the Utes' Norris, who can play the pass better than most inside linebackers.

*Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter **@ChaseGoodbread*.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content