Last week was a bit of a dud as we didn’t see a single top 25 showdown as Iowa vs Iowa State was the clear top match up. That all changes this week as we get plenty of good games including seeing two top 10 teams battle in Prime Time and two other top 25 showdowns. Our College Football Scouting Guide looks at the best games at each time slot highlighting which NFL Draft prospects to watch and what prospect battles are taking place.
College Football Scouting Guide
#11 Michigan Wolverines at #13 Wisconsin Badgers 11:00 CST on Fox
Best Prospect: Wisconsin C Tyler Biadasz (#1 iOL)
It’s no surprise that the best player in this game is a Wisconsin linemen because the Badgers have been putting them into the NFL on a yearly basis. Biadasz is at his best when he’s able to get his strong hands onto the defender and then is able to steer defenders and seal them off with his anchor. Against Michigan he’ll face off against nose tackle Carlo Kemp on a down in and down out basis. Kemp came to Michigan as a defensive end prospect but has added weight and transitioned inside. Kemp is more athletic which should test Biadasz lateral agility which can be an issue where he can get over extended too much at times causing him to fall to the ground.
Best Prospect Battle: Wisconsin TE Jake Ferguson (#3 TE) vs Josh Uche, Khaleke Hudson and Josh Metellus.
While the Badgers have some talented weapons at receiver they’re best weapon is tight end Jake Ferguson (6’5 246) who can be a matchup nightmare for defenses because of his quickness at the stem and the ability to go up and high point the ball. With Ferguson playing both in the slot and inline it will be on a few different Wolverine defenders to take turns trying to slow him down. Josh Uche is a good athlete and has the size to match up with Ferguson but he’s a pass rushing specialist playing strongside linebacker. Khaleke Hudson is basically an in the box safety and has the speed and quickness to stick with Ferguson but at 6’0 he isn’t going to win many contested catches. Lastly strong safety Josh Metellus was one of the best coverage safeties in the Big 10 last year which included 3 interceptions which could provide help over the top.
Additional Wisconsin Prospects
As always the Badgers offense will be ground based and running back Jonathan Taylor is one of the elite backs in the nation. Taylor uses good vision, contact balance and using enough burst and wiggle to work his way through traffic. Defensively the prospect to watch is Zack Baun who has shined as a starter this year already registering two sacks. He’ll get tested against a strong Michigan offensive line including left tackle Jon Runyan Jr.
Additional Michigan Prospects
Michigan’s new look offense took a step back against Army but their real test will be against the Badgers. The Wolverines have a good trio of receivers that should test the Badgers secondary that is without free safety Scott Nelson. Nico Collins has good size and the ability to go get the ball, Donovan Peoples-Jones is still a bit raw as a receiver but a tremendous athlete while Tarik Black has the highest potential but has struggled through injuries. On defense the Wolverines top cornerback Lavert Hill could have gone pro last year but came back. They’ll need a big game out of him to slow down AJ Taylor.