One of the first things NFL scouts do when looking at prospects in preparation for the NFL Draft is watch them against the best competition they faced in the previous season. This fall, we’re going to take a look at the best head-to-head matchups in this week’s slate of college football games. Every week, I’ll give you look at some key matchups to keep an eye on across the country, highlight a prospect who is on the rise, profile a small-school player to watch for next year’s draft, find a Philly connection, and give out a well-deserved game ball to a prospect who stood out in a big way the previous week.
Many pundits view this Saturday’s slate as a “down” week for college football, but when I look around the country I think there are a lot of fun games to study. This week on the College Draft Podcast with Ross Tucker, I broke down all the best matchups from some of the top games of the week, but let’s look at five more matchups that fans should keep their eyes on.
Five Matchups To Watch
1. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph vs. Pittsburgh
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh- Noon – ESPN
At 6-5, 235 pounds, senior quarterback Mason Rudolph has gotten off to a scorching-hot start for the Cowboys this season, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the team’s first two games against Tulsa and South Alabama. The Cowboys take on their best opponent yet in Pitt. It’s the first real test for Rudolph and his star receiver James Washington. One of Rudolph’s best traits is his deep ball, and I’d expect to see it early and often against the Panthers. He comes from an offensive system that doesn’t…
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