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Prospects to watch in College Football Week 8

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College football has been almost as unpredictable as the NFL in 2017. Heading into Week 8, six power-five teams remain undefeated. Two of those schools, Alabama and Penn State, are involved in Week 8’s featured matchups:

Louisville @ Florida State 12:00

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson propelled his Heisman trophy campaign last year with an excellent performance against the Seminoles. Although his team is not as talented this season, wide recieiver Jaylen Smith, cornerback Jaire Alexander and offensive tackle Geron Christian possess Day 2 potential.

Florida State’s defense has underperformed this season, but is still loaded with instant impact defenders. Safety Derwin James and corner Tarvarus McFadden are among the best in the country at their positions. Nose tackle Derrick Nnadi, defensive end Josh Sweat and inside linebacker Matthew Thomas should also be selected early in the NFL draft.

Tennessee @ Alabama 3:30

The Volunteers do not have many draft worthy players this year. Tight end Ethan Wolf, defensive tackle Khalil McKenzie and return specialist Evan Berry are their only notable prospects.

Nick Saban continues churning out future NFL studs at Alabama. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick headlines and elite secondary that should see all four starters drafted; including safety Ronnie Harrison, corner Anthony Averett and corner Tony Brown. Linebacker Rashaan Evans is a quality prospect, as are each of the Crimson TIde’s interior offensive lineman - Bradley Bozeman, Ross Pierschbacher and Lester Cotton. Alabama should also have some skill position prospects chosen early in the draft, namely receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Bo Scarborough and running back Damien Harris.

Southern California @ Notre Dame 7:30

USC quarterback Sam Darnold has not had the season many expected and may elect to return to school if he struggles in this marquee matchup. Tailback Ronald Jones and wideout Deontay Burnett are having strong seasons for the Trojans. Defensive back Iman Marshall should also garner first round consideration.

The strength of Notre Dame is on their offensive line. Tackle Mike McGlinchey and guard Quenton Nelson are perhaps the top two lineman in the college ranks, and center Sam Mustipher is also developing into a pro ready prospect. Big receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is rising fast in the scouting community and currently appears to be a first rounder.

Michigan @ Penn State 7:30

Michigan is fielding a young team this year. Versatile offensive lineman Mason Cole and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst are their best players on each side of the ball.

Dynamic Nittany Lions tailback Saquon Barkely is considered a generational player by many scouts. Other notable Penn State draft prospects include tight end Mike Gesicki, guard Brendan Mahon and safety Marcus Allen.