2014 NFL Draft: College Football Week 2 open thread

Notre Dame NT Louis Nix - Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

A look at some of the top games in week two of the college football season and possible draft prospects.

Week two of the 2013 college football season features just two matchups of top 25 teams. Given that we're only in week two most of the country's top teams are still readying themselves against inferior opponents.

Top 25: Matchups of top 25 teams in bold. All times listed are Pacific.

#2 Oregon @ Virginia 12:30pm ABC/ESPN2
San Diego State @ #3 Ohio State 12:30pm ABC/ESPN2
South Carolina State @ #4 Clemson 9:30am ESPN3
San Jose State @ #5 Stanford 8pm Pac-12 Network
#6 South Carolina @ #11 Georgia 1:30pm ESPN
Sam Houston State @ #7 Texas A&M 4pm ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky @ #Louisville 9am ESPN3
University of Alabama-Birmingham @ #9 LSU 4pm ESPNU
#12 Florida @ Miami 9am ESPN
#13 Oklahoma State @ University of Texas-San Antonio 9am FOX
#14 Notre Dame @ #17 Michigan 5pm ESPN
#15 Texas @ BYU 4pm ESPN2
West Virginia @ #16 Oklahoma 4pm FOX
Syracuse @ #19 Northwestern 3pm BIG10 Network
Tennessee Tech @ #21 Wisconsin 9am BIG 10 Network
Southern Miss @ #22 Nebraska 3pm BIG10 Network
Buffalo @ #23 Baylor 12:30pm
SE Louisiana @ #24 TCU 9am
Washington State @ #25 USC 7:30pm FOX Sports 1

Obviously, the two best games this week are #6 South Carolina at #11 Georgia and #14 Notre Dame at #17 Michigan. There are plenty of pro prospects in both games:

South Carolina @ Georgia

  • There's only one defensive end at South Carolina worth mentioning, right? Wrong! Chaz Sutton is a redshirt senior that stands 6'3" and weighs in at 256lbs. Sutton only has six career sacks but has played behind two NFL'ers in Melvin Ingram and Devin Taylor. He's likely to be an outside linebacker at the next level and has a unique opportunity to increase his draft stock opposite Jadeveon Clowny.
  • Most of Georgia's pro prospects are underclassmen. Senior quarterback Aaron Murray is a legitimate pro prospect and likely early round selection. The biggest knock on Murray is similar to that of his head coach Mark Richt...he can't win the big game. Murray is an astonishing 1-10 against top ten teams.

Notre Dame @ Michigan

  • Notre Dame's defense figures to lead the way again in 2013. Two legitimate candidates to go in the first round are defensive tackle Louis Nix and defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Notre Dame plays a 3-4 defense so Nix is a prototypical nose tackle weighing in at over 340lbs while Tuitt occupies the 5-technique end. Both figure to be giant run stoppers and could be looking at big pay days come next draft season.
  • For Michigan, I'm not sure they have many pro options outside of All-American left tackle Taylor Lewan. Lewan figures to be one of if not the first offensive linemen taken in next year's draft. In 2013 we saw four tackles go in the first 11 picks and three in the first four picks. Lewan has to like those odds.

What games will you be watching today?

Happy Saturday!

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