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Today we take a closer look at a couple of defensive tackle draft-eligible prospects. We also have your weekly Heisman Watch, CFB Playoff Projections, and the Top 25 schedule including kickoff times & tv/radio info.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 ULM at Florida State Photo by Logan Stanford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Greetings Faithful! We are back with another weekend edition of college football. Week 8 has some promising matchups which include Top 25 showdowns between #16 Michigan vs #7 Penn State, #17 Arizona State visiting #13 Utah, and #12 Oregon taking on #25 Washington. The current AP Top-4 teams, Alabama, LSU, Clemson, and Ohio State are all in action this weekend as well!

The San Francisco 49ers are 5-0 in 2019 and visit Washington on Sunday. The 49ers will be heavy road favorites in that matchup. While there is a lot of football still to play, you have to start thinking about the 49ers drafting in the back half of the first round…and who knows…perhaps even in the back ten or beyond!

Today’s focus is on defensive tackles. I know! Not another defensive lineman, right? Chances are the 49ers will most likely go another direction in the first round. However, consider this. What if the team doesn’t re-sign Arik Armstead? What if they trade Solomon Thomas? If football teaches us anything, it is to be prepared for anything and everything. So, let’s take a closer look and get to know some defensive tackles…just in case.

Marvin Wilson, DT, No. 21 – Florida State
Height: 6’5” – Weight: 311 lbs.
Florida State at Wake Forest – 4:30 p.m. Kickoff (PT) – Saturday, October 19 – ACC Network

Marvin Wilson is one of the most disruptive interior defenders in the nation. In 2018 he recorded 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 passes batted, and 4.5 tackles for a loss. This year he has recorded 28 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Wilson has a natural blend of strength, speed, and athleticism. He has a bull rush mentality along the line, and often requires double team coverage in passing down situations. While his sophomore season was good, and not great, he has already made strides and improvements. Has great football instincts and anticipates well where the play is going to occur. Wilson will have a golden opportunity to continue to raise his draft stock with a strong junior season.

Mustafa Johnson, DT, No. 34 – Colorado
Height: 6’3” – Weight: 295 lbs.
Colorado at Washington State – 4:00 p.m. Kickoff (PT) – Saturday, October 19 – ESPNU

Mustafa put his name on the map last season. As a sophomore, Johnson recorded 73 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, and 7.5 sacks. Johnson utilizes above average speed for the position, and has demonstrated his ability to maneuver through tight lanes and holes when rushing the passer. Johnson finishes his tackles quickly, and often is able to prevent additional yards after the initial contact. While Johnson is somewhat undersized for his position he makes up for it with his speed, movement, and technique long the line when defending against the run and the pass. Johnson is a day two pick at the moment with his arrow pointing up.

Heisman Watch:

Oklahoma v Texas Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

These four passes continue to make a strong case why they should take home the Heisman trophy this year. Just Fields was quite impressive Friday night tossing 4 touchdown passes against Northwestern. How will Burrow, Tua, and Hurts respond?

Jalen Hurts, QB – Oklahoma

Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Alabama

Joe Burrow, QB – LSU

Justin Fields, QB – Ohio State

College Football Playoff Projection (Week 6)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 30 Northwestern at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – (1) Alabama (SEC) vs (4) Oklahoma (BIG 12)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – (2) Clemson (ACC) vs (3) Ohio State (BIG10)

National Championship Game – (1) Alabama (SEC) vs (2) Clemson (ACC)

Top 25 Schedule – Week 8:

Penn State v Michigan Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Who are YOU excited to see in action this week? Please share in the comments below!