A tradition at NFL Draft Geek is to provide the readers with a guide to the perfect College Football Viewing experience. In addition to our College Football Scouting Guide we have your Saturday Scouting covered. Listed below are the top games at each time slot for games Thursday through Sunday and a brief explanation why you should watch that game.
Thursday August 31st
#2 Ohio State Buckeyes at Indiana Hoosiers at 7:00 CST on ESPN
Why I should watch: Ohio State is littered with NFL Draft prospects, especially on defense. They’ll be facing off against an Indiana team that has draftable players in QB Richard Lagow and WRs Simmie Cobbs and Nick Westbrook.
New Mexico State Aggies at Arizona State Sun Devils at 9:30 CST on Pac 12 Network
Why I should watch: This match up allows us to watch two dynamic running backs. Arizona State brings in Kalen Ballage who at 6’2 220 has the size to run between the tackles and is a talented pass catcher. The Aggies bring in Larry Rose who is an explosive cutter who can make defenders miss and accelerate through holes.
Friday September 1st
#8 Washington Huskies at Rutgers Scarlett Knights at 7:00 CST on FS1
Why I should watch: Similar to last year the Huskies are loaded with draft talent and should have at least five prospects drafted in 2018. Not only do you get to see one of the best defensive tackles in Washington’s Vita Vea but you also get to watch the match up of LT Trey Adams vs DE Kemoko Turay.
Saturday September 2nd
Wyoming Cowboys at Iowa Hawkeyes at 11:00 CST on BTN
Why I should watch: Josh Allen is considered one of the three top quarterbacks for the 2018 draft after emerging last year. Watch him against arguably the best defense he’ll face during the 2017 season. If Allen wants to be the top pick in the draft he’ll need a big game against the Hawkeyes who have at at least five draftable prospects on their defense.
#11 Michigan Wolverines vs #17 Florida Gators at 2:30 CST on ABC
Why I should watch: The main reason to watch this game is to see an old fashion low scoring slug fest. Draft wise it will be to see how the Florida defensive line can do against a physical run heavy Michigan team. The defenses will shine for both teams who are equally loaded with talent. Florida DE CeCe Jefferson vs Michigan LT Mason Crosby is a match up to keep an eye on.
Prime Time Game
#3 Florida State Seminoles vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide at 7:00 CST on ABC
Why I should watch: Unless your favorite team is playing at this same time slot, there isn’t a good reason to not watch this game. These are two of the top 3 most draft talent rich programs in the nation. The talent on both teams lies in the defenses, but the game also brings us one of the best match ups of the season in #1 WR Calvin Ridley vs #1 CB Tavarus McFadden.
Montana State Bobcats at #24 Washington State Cougars at 9:00 CST on FS1
Why I should watch: It’s a weak late night schedule so that leaves us with the Cougars playing a FCS school. But this does give us a chance to watch QB Luke Falk who is looking to put himself into first round consideration and should be at least a day two selection.
Sunday September 3rd
#22 West Virginia Mountaineers vs #21 Virginia Tech Hokies at 6:30 CST on ABC
Why I should watch: The match up between the West Virginia offense against the VaTech defense. West Virginia is known for their high powered offense that is littered with talent at receiver. With the addition of former Florida QB Will Grier they’ll look to have success against a talented Hokie secondary that has three good corners and a talented strong safety.
Monday September 4th
#25 Tennessee Volunteers vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 7:00 CST on ESPN
Why I should watch: Frankly it’s the only game on. Sure it’s not the big time match up we’ve seen in the past, but Tennessee has recruited well the past couple of years and has some young upcoming talent becoming draft eligible.