Week 11 CFB Preview, Prospect Spotlight and Open Thread

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College football is back!

As the 2022 season progresses, our weekly game previews and NFL prospects will also be available. This will come in addition to our sporadic NFL draft Coverage throughout the fall and winter. Whether you’re a fan of the draft or just a college football fanatic, this series will give you an idea of ​​what to watch each week.

Windy City Gridiron’s Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante will take a look at what to expect in Week 10 of this year’s college football campaign.

game of the week

Jacob: No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 24 Washington, Saturday, Nov. 12, 6:00 p.m. CST

With college football playoff spots up in the air, a win for Oregon against a Pac-12 ranked opponent could greatly improve their chances. On the other hand, Washington has a chance to play spoilers in one of the biggest conference games of the year.

After a slow start to the season with a big loss to Georgia, Oregon has thoroughly outperformed its competition week in and week out. Their defense has the bulk of the team’s prospects for 2023. Cornerback Christian Gonzalez is a long, flowing athlete with great route-seeking skills who’s projecting himself as a Day 1 starter in the pros. Linebacker Noah Sewell fell off the board a bit, but should still start right away due to his physicality, size and motor skills. Defensive tackle Brandon Dorlus is a powerful, explosive 3-tech who can play anywhere on the defensive line, and linebacker Justin Flowe is raw but has a very high athletic ceiling. Bo Nix has improved significantly as quarterback since moving from Auburn, and his arm strength and athleticism coupled with better accuracy has made him one of the best offensive players in the nation. What Nix lacks in draftable weapons, the Ducks make up for in his offensive line. Left tackle TJ Bass, right tackle Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu and center Alex Forsyth could all be considered by NFL teams on Day 3.

The Huskies don’t have true superstar prospects, but they do have a handful of potential NFL employees. Edge-rusher Zion Tupuola-Fetui is their highest-ranking player on my board, and he’s an explosive defender who plays with a high motor, ideal pad level, and tenacious edge. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. made a big step in 2022 as the left-hander has vastly improved his accuracy since his days in Indiana. Around him on Washington’s offensive wide receiver Rome Odunze — a 6-foot-3 gun with serious athletic tools — and left guard Jaxson Kirkland is a coordinated athlete on the inside. Edge rusher Bralen Trice may not declare 2023 but made it big with 6.5 sacks.

Big matchup to watch

Jacob: Louisville OT Trevor Reid and OG Caleb Chandler vs. No. 12 Clemson, Saturday, Nov. 12 2:30 p.m. CST

Louisville has had a solid season, already winning one bowl game 6-3, but an upset win over Clemson could propel them into the top 25 and add some momentum to the year-end results. The Cardinals have two intriguing offensive linemen in left tackle Trevor Reid and left guard Caleb Chandler. Reid has improved his technique tremendously over the last few years and he is a very good athlete with raw power. Chandler is a bit raw in terms of hand use and pad-level perspective, but he’s powerful, intelligent, and blocks with an evil edge. Reid is the more skilful prospect, but both must be considered on Day 3.

Clemson’s defensive line is six deep with players who could be drafted in 2023. Defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and edge Myles Murphy are very likely first-round picks. However, it is the depth of the group that is most alluring. Edge rusher KJ Henry has looked explosive all year while Xavier Thomas serves as an athletic backup. On the inside, Tyler Davis is a popular name in draft cycles for his strength against the run, and backup Ruke Orhorhoro is showing good juice as a pass rusher. Louisville’s offensive line will have some work to do, but Reid and Chandler have a chance to significantly improve their draft inventory if they do well.

Sleeper highlight

Jacob: South Dakota State RB Isaiah Davis vs. Illinois State, Saturday, November 12, 2:00 p.m. CST

If you like powerful running backs who rip through defenders with sheer size and speed, Isaiah Davis is your guy.

In 8 games, Davis has rushed for 882 yards and 9 touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He might not impress scouts too much as a pass catcher, and his lateral agility in the open field is okay. However, it’s hard not to fall in love with the physical tools he owns. It uses its 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame to plow through would-be tacklers and bounce off arm tackle attempts with relative ease. Not only is he a tough guy who thrives between tackles, but when he finds an open lane he has very good acceleration from the backfield.

The Jackrabbits had a great season and Davis played a big part in their 9-1 season, losing just 4 points to Iowa in Week 1. With her final game of the year against Illinois State on Saturday, Davis has a chance to cap off a strong year and continue to push his draft record.

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