We are back for another week of college football action. The Week 7 schedule features a whole host of great matchups. The biggest of the day has to be No. 3 South Carolina traveling to No. 9 LSU. The ol' ball coach is looking to keep his Gamecocks hanging steady with Alabama and Oregon. The first BCS standings will be released tomorrow, and Alabama, Oregon and South Carolina are likely to be among the top three.
The other two big games include No. 7 Notre Dame hosting No. 17 Stanford, and No. 13 Oklahoma facing No. 15 Texas in the Red River Rivalry. All three of these games later this afternoon or evening, so we'll have the open game thread up in the cover all day long.
With the release of the BCS rankings tomorrow, we are approximately half way through the college football regular season. Draft talk is heating up as we move along, although obviously a bit more for teams that are struggling. Dan Kadar has put together his first 2013 NFL Mock Draft. Dan ran MockingtheDraft.com, but we are working to move him over to sbnation.com and focus the draft coverage there. It remains a work in progress, but for those wondering, that is where Mocking The Draft has gone.
For the 49ers first round pick at No. 30, Dan projects LSU safety Eric Reid:
The 49ers have very few holes amongst starting spots. Their first-round pick could be up to the highest bidder in April, or the team could go after a playmaking safety like Reid. He could replace either Donte Whitner or Dashon Goldson, if the latter gets cranky about receiving the franchise tag.
At this point, the 49ers are likely to be a fairly unpredictable team come next April. The team has a whole host of draft picks to play with, while also having a fairly limited number of holes. The 49ers will have an extra pick in each of the third, fifth and sixth rounds to potentially deal, as well as upwards of two compensatory picks that make dealing other picks a bit easier. It could make for a wild three days in April.
The 49ers have scouts scouring the countryside, and below we have a few confirmed locations courtesy of Chris Steuber. These are likely not all locations of 49ers scouts this weekend, but these are some of them. The first two are actually games that already happened, with Oregon State-BYU happening at 12:30 PT.
Arizona State at Colorado
Prospects to watch: Colorado: OT *David Bakhtiari, FS *Jered Bell, OT Ryan Dannewitz, OLB Jon Major, DE Will Pericak, FS Ray Polk, DT Eric Richter, LB Doug Rippy, DE *Chidera Uzo-Diribe; Arizona State: OLB **Carl Bradford, TE *Chris Coyle, FS *Alden Darby, OT *Evan Finkenberg, RB *Marion Grice, OLB Brandon Magee, RB Cameron Marshall, WR Jamal Miles, OLB *Junior Onyeali, WR Rashad Ross, DT *Will Sutton, SS *Chris Young.
Navy at Central Michigan
Prospects to watch: Central Michigan: SS Jahleel Addae, OT Eric Fisher, OT Jake Olson, QB Ryan Radcliff, DE Caesar Rodriguez, RB *Zurlon Tipton, CB Lorenzo White, WR Cody Wilson; Navy: RB Gee Gee Greene.
Oregon State at Brigham Young
Prospects to watch: Brigham Young: OT Braden Brown, TE *Kaneakua Friel, OG Braden Hansen, WR *Cody Hoffman, ILB Uona Kaveinga, DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, QB Riley Nelson, ILB Brandon Ogletree, OG *Houston Reynolds; Oregon State: OL *Josh Andrews, WR Jordan Bishop, OT Colin Kelly, QB *Sean Mannion, OT *Michael Phillpp, CB Jordan Poyer, TE Colby Prince, CB Rashaad Reynolds, LB Feti Unga, WR Markus Wheaton.
Air Force at Wyoming