We’re headed down the homestretch in college football, as there are only three weekends left in the regular season. Week 13 of the college football season is highlighted by several traditional rivalries, including Alabama facing off against Auburn. We will be here all day long with opinion, analysis, and breaking news. Information on how and where to watch, which includes kickoff times and the TV schedule, can be found below.
All of the live Week 13 college football news and live analysis will get underway at noon and wrap up after midnight ET in our College Football Live Game Day Blog. Be sure to also check out the college football TV schedule, which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the post. And finally, keep up with NFL Draft stories and analysis from the PFN NFL Draft crew by visiting PFN daily.
Week 13 College Football Live Blog with Tony Pauline, Ian Cummings, and Matt Valdovinos
News and updates for the Week 13 college football action through midnight ET will be timestamped once we kick off at noon, and each update will be followed by the initials of the analyst. “IC” is Ian Cummings, “MV” is Matt Valdovinos, and if there are no initials, it’s me (Tony Pauline).
Bentley having a solid outing (9:05 PM)
Jacob Bentley is a player I highlighted during the intro of today’s game day blog and thus far the Utah quarterback has looked good. With the Utes up 21-0 against Washington as the first half comes to a close, Bentley is 9 for 11 passing with 87 yards and 1 TD. His efficiency, accuracy and command of the offense against a good Washington secondary has been impressive. Bentley also looks much better physically as well- stout with a good arm.
I don’t expect Bentley to be selected in the 2021 draft but if he continues to play as he has against the Huskies tonight, he could be headed to the practice squad next fall as a developmental prospect.
Wells on his way to the draft? (8:30 PM)
Pro Wells, the insanely athletic tight end from TCU, just grabbed a 46-yard reception for a touchdown as the Horned Frogs now lead winless Kansas 10-0. For Wells, it was his eleventh reception and second touchdown of the year.
Wells is someone I graded as a PFA over the summer as he’s a big, mobile tight end with terrific speed but limited production. As a sophomore last year, Well posted 17 receptions and five TD’s and his production this season has been pedestrian considering there’s no dominant receiver on the TCU roster. I’m told Wells is seriously considering entering the 2021 NFL Draft, which would be a mistake, in my opinion. While I love his natural skills and upside, Wells must really elevate his production; otherwise, he’ll be a late round selection.
Tre’ McKitty- a tight end to keep in mind (8:20 PM)
It’s getting ugly in Columbia, South Carolina, as the Gamecocks are down 21-0 to Georgia, and there’s still two minutes left in the first quarter. Keep an eye on Tre’ McKitty, the Bulldogs tight end who came to UGA from Florida State via the graduate transfer route.
McKitty has two receptions for 46 yards and one TD thus far. He’s a nice sized tight end with better than average speed. While I don’t expect McKitty to be selected in the draft, I think he absolutely grades as a PFA and will compete to be the third tight end on a Sunday depth chart.
Another LB to watch- this one from the PAC 12 (8:00 PM)
The PAC 12 deserves credit for cobbling together tonight’s Washington-Utah game after both teams’ previous opponents were sidelined due to COVID. The contest is midway through the first quarter and if you’re watching, keep a close eye on Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd.
Graded as a 5th round prospect on my draft board and the top prospect on the Utes defense, the word I’m getting is the fourth-year junior is seriously considering entering the draft. Though I’m not 100% sure Lloyd will make the jump, the feeling I get from all the chatter has me believing the chances are better than 50/50 at this point.
Two LB’s all over the place in Rutgers-Purdue (7:45 PM)
The Rutgers-Purdue contest has been a high scoring affair with RU on top 37-34 as the game approaches two minutes remaining. Yet despite all the offense, two linebackers are making their impact felt. Week 12 riser Olakunle Fatukasi is again on fire and again leading Rutgers with eight tackles. Purdue’s Derrick Barnes, graded as a PFA by scouts, has one more to his credit with nine tackles.
Kellen Mond is the quarterback to watch in the late slate (7:30 PM)
Texas A&M vs. LSU is kicking off right around now, and while both teams have a lot of potential NFL talent on both sides of the ball, but the most enticing player on the field might be Kellen Mond, the Aggies’ quarterback who’s shown the tangible growth many wanted to see from him in 2020.
In six games this year, Mond is completing a career-high 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,468 yards, 16 touchdowns, and just two interceptions while averaging a career-high 8.1 yards per attempt. Mond has always had the upside, with terrific functional athleticism and unbridled arm strength, but his development has been stagnant for the majority of his career. In 2020, he’s showing more risk awareness and more polish in conjunction with his creation ability, and he’s a legitimate Day 2 quarterback who should have fans in some scouting circles. IC
Purdue’s offensive skill cast once again drawing attention in Big Ten clash (7:15 PM)
The Purdue Boilermakers have long been an underrated site for NFL talent development, and although Rondale Moore has given more prestige to their status in that regard, the buck doesn’t stop with him. Moore has been his usual dynamic self today, with seven receptions for 76 yards. Still, David Bell has also reprised his role as an ever-competent boundary threat, using his high-pointing ability to amass 68 yards and a touchdown on four catches.
Another player who also deserves some recognition is running back Zander Horvath. Horvath has a classic full back name and classic full back size at 6-foot-3, 230, but he’s a surprisingly good athlete with good burst in space and decent wiggle. Horvath is also a good receiving threat, and while he doesn’t have the speed you want in the modern NFL, teams may be interested in his combination of vertical athleticism and wearing-down style. IC
Now it’s Xavier Henderson’s turn to make a play for the Spartans (7:05 PM)
Michigan State defenders have been taking turns touching the football today. Shakur Brown leads the way with two interceptions. Still, cornerbacks Kalon Gervin and Angelo Grose have also been active, and just a few minutes ago, 2021 NFL Draft prospect Xavier Henderson had his moment in the spotlight.
On third and ten, Peyton Ramsey dished a pass to the middle of the field, targeting wide receiver Riley Lees. At first, it looked like Lees had more than enough separation from Henderson as he crossed to the left side of the intermediate range. But as the ball came toward him, Henderson closed the gap and used his length to disrupt the catch point from behind Lees. The two wrestled for the ball, and what looked like a Lees catch wound up being a Henderson interception after a struggle.
The interception was called back, as it was revealed after a review that the ball hit the ground. But Henderson showed impressive closing ability and the ability to fight and convert at the catch point, something he flashed in 2019 with two picks and six deflections. He needs to be more consistent from an instinctual standpoint, but the physical traits are there. IC
Top 2021 NFL Draft running backs show out in respective blowouts (7:00 PM)
Talk to basically anyone, and they’ll have Najee Harris and Travis Etienne as their RB1 and RB2, in some capacity. Etienne is an incredibly explosive player with exciting vision and receiving ability, while Harris is a dependable workhorse with a diverse collection of modern traits and old-school power elements. Both backs are borderline first-round prospects, and both only reinforced their draft profiles in lopsided affairs this week.
Etienne rolled to 58 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, while Harris, complimenting Mac Jones’ career day, had 96 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts. Both running backs have the versatility to run and receive on demand. Both players can also create for themselves at a high level, which is ultimately the most crucial trait if a running back wants to separate himself. It’s doesn’t matter which one is your RB1 at this point — they’re both so good. IC
Shakur Brown is a playmaker for the Michigan State defense (6:45 PM)
The Spartans’ golden age of football may be over, but the team’s defense is giving Northwestern trouble, and Shakur Brown is at the heart of it. Brown logged an interception earlier, and just a few minutes ago, Brown got a second pick, recognizing an in-crossing route from the sideline and closing in on it with vicious speed. His pursuit led to hard contact at the catch point, but Brown cradled the ball and held on as he hit the ground. Brown now has five interceptions on the season, and the 5-foot-11 junior could get more draft buzz if he keeps producing at this rate.
In the process of intercepting the pass, Brown did initiate an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet hit on Northwestern wide receiver Berkeley Holman. Holman appeared to suffer a severe injury and is still down, with a stretcher on standby to take him off the field. He has regained movement in his arms, but an official diagnosis is still pending. Our thoughts are with Holman at this time. IC
Naquan Jones flashes upside for first time in 2020 season versus Northwestern (6:40 PM)
We mentioned Michigan State’s talent-laden secondary earlier, but there’s also a potential NFL Draft prospect on the line in defensive tackle Naquan Jones. Jones has been underwhelming so far this season, but against Northwestern, he’s come alive, generating good push both as a pass rusher and a run defender.
A few drives ago, Jones single-handedly took the Wildcats off the field, first swallowing up the running back for a loss after wrenching away a lineman, and then on the next play, he pinched the pocket and got a sack. Jones is 6-foot-4, 340, but he has good initial burst and light-footedness for his size, and if he can trim a little bit of weight, he could potentially tap into that upside even more. As of now, he’s a nose tackle, so his round projection is limited, but there is some potential there. IC
C.J. Marable another small-school running back prospect to watch (5:55 PM)
Running back is often advertised as one of the most replaceable positions, and while that association is generally perceived as negative, there’s also a positive side to it. There exists a constant opportunity for small-school running backs with relatively little recognition to break through in premier roles, and C.J. Marable is another player who could end up following that career trajectory.
Today against Texas State, Marable has been incredibly efficient, rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries. Not every game has gone this swimmingly for Marable in 2020, but he’s still averaging over four yards per carry and showing off his versatility. Marable is just 5-foot-10, 200, but he offers good density and acceleration in space, and he’s also an excellent receiver at RB, having caught 24 passes for 163 yards and six touchdowns in six games played this season. IC
Teams shouldn’t overthink Alabama WR Devonta Smith in the 2021 NFL Draft (5:45 PM)
There’s always an investment aspect to consider in the NFL Draft — does this player have the requisite athletic traits to suggest growth potential? Generally, teams look for plus combinations of size and athleticism, and on the surface, Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith doesn’t pass that test.
Smith is 6-foot-1 and measures at just 175, and he’s not an elite athlete. But teams shouldn’t end their evaluation of Smith there because there’s a whole lot more he brings to the table. Smith brings more than enough explosiveness and speed, but his game’s bedrock is his overall reliability. Before the catch, Smith is an avid route runner. He’s incredibly tough and focused at the catch, with rock-solid hands, and after the catch point, he has enough fluidity to be a RAC threat.
Smith’s physical traits might not scream matchup nightmare, but he has all the makings of a producer in the NFL through the tried and true method of sheer, stable consistency. IC
Patrick Surtain II winning battle against Seth Williams on the boundary (5:40 PM)
When one of the most physical cornerbacks in the country goes up against one of the country’s most physical receivers, you can expect some fireworks. The matchup between Patrick Surtain II and Seth Williams has been a fun one. While Surtain has a clear advantage so far, imposing his will as a defender with his length and aggressiveness, both players have had their moments of intrigue.
It’s been a mostly uneven performance for Williams, and Surtain’s physicality might have gotten to him. Still, he has shown bouts of impressive quickness and nuance at the line as a receiver. For Williams, testing in March will likely be critical for his draft stock. He’s in danger of being buried in a deep receiving class, but if he can reaffirm his functional athleticism, he can regain some buzz. IC
Michigan State secondary could be an unheralded pool of potential draft prospects (5:30 PM)
Northwestern’s passing game has had modest success in 2020, with Peyton Ramsey leading the charge and players like Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman playing well. Modest success may not sound like much, but it’s more than what the Wildcats have had in previous seasons.
With that being said, they’re struggling to get going against the Spartans today, and the Michigan State secondary is a big reason why. Shakir Brown and Kalon Gervin have both made plays on the ball, and safety Xavier Henderson has provided good support in the intermediate and deep ranges.
Henderson and Brown are both potential 2020 prospects; Henderson grades out as a third-round prospect on Tony’s board, possessing good freedom of movement for his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame, while Brown, a 5-foot-11 cornerback with a thin build, has excellent closing speed and ball skills. Gervin is a sophomore, but he also has top-end speed, having logged the best 40-yard dash in his recruiting class, and freshman cornerback Angelo Grose has been all around the field as well. IC
Jarett Patterson has historic outing for Buffalo in win versus Kent State (5:20 PM)
Jarett Patterson performed in such a way this afternoon that I am obligated to write about him. Patterson tore apart the Golden Flashes in a 70-41 win, rushing for 409 yards and eight touchdowns on 36 carries. Yes, you’re reading that right. Those are freshman-difficulty NCAA Football 14 numbers.
Patterson’s stats allude to a prime Derrick Henry, but the two couldn’t be any more different from a physical standpoint in reality. Henry is 6-foot-3, 247, and Patterson is 5-foot-9, 195. But Patterson runs with toughness and a good center of gravity, and he also has outstanding contact balance, which he can ride to big gains. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is a bit of a red flag at his size, but his burst in short ranges and his run-after-contact propensity will lend him a role at the next level. IC
Patrick Jones gets home using his diverse pallet of traits against Clemson (5:05 PM)
It’s been a game to forget for the Pitt Panthers, as they trail the Clemson Tigers 38-3 midway through the second quarter, but one bright spot has been edge rusher, Patrick Jones. Jones recently logged an impressive third-down sack on Trevor Lawrence, beating high-profile tackle prospect Jackson Carman to make the play.
Jones kicked off the snap with his explosiveness off the line, then shifted to the left to try and gain an angle on Carman. When Carman pursued, Jones used a quick, brutal hand swipe to swim past the blindside blocker, and once in the pocket, he employed his closing speed to envelop Lawrence while blocking the passing lane with his long arms. When prospects can convert using multiple traits at once, it stands out, and that’s exactly what the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Jones has done. IC
Mac Jones elevating draft stock with impressive performance versus Auburn (5:00 PM)
Against an Auburn defense with a fair amount of NFL Draft prospects, Mac Jones is having perhaps his best game of the 2020 season, from a diagnostic standpoint. With the minutes winding down before halftime, Jones is nine of 13 for 173 yards and three scores, averaging 13.4 yards per attempt.
It’s easy to take note of Mac Jones’ physical limitations, and when juxtaposed with this draft’s top quarterbacks, he falls a bit. But while Jones isn’t the most athletic, and while he doesn’t have the best arm, he does have many strong supplementary aspects to his game that boost him up to a respectable level. Among other traits, he’s shown touch, poise in the pocket and pocket navigation capacity, and eye manipulation in his game against the Tigers. For one of the first times this year, Jones is flourishing at an individual level, and not as a singular result of his surroundings. That’s what you want to see. IC
D’Wayne Eskridge helps lead Western Michigan to 4-0 start in MAC play (4:45 PM)
The Western Michigan Broncos edged out the Northern Illinois Huskies to improve to 4-0 on the season, and once again, the performance of their passing game played a large role in their success. Draft-eligible receiver D’Wayne Eskridge added to his insane 2020 stat line, logging seven receptions for 134 yards in the victory. Eskridge has now eclipsed the 100-yard mark in every game so far, and through four games, he has 21 catches for 591 yards and six scores.
In his recent mailbag article, Tony dropped some knowledge on Eskridge, claiming that some scouts have him graded higher than Louisville wide receiver Tutu Atwell. Like Atwell, Eskridge is a bit undersized, but he’s incredibly dynamic with next-level speed and a penchant for big plays. IC
Elijah Moore carrying on with near record-breaking 2020 campaign (4:30 PM)
You should never use stats alone to quantify a prospect’s abilities or a prospect’s potential. Still, the numbers do a pretty good job of encapsulating the ability of Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore. Moore came into today’s game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State with 74 receptions, 1,054 yards, and eight touchdowns, and just over halfway through the first quarter, he already has three receptions for 63 yards.
For my money, Moore might be the best pure slot receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft. There’s a slightly negative connotation to that title; Moore doesn’t have the size to thrive on the outside consistently, where press coverage is more prevalent. But in the slot, he has an enticing combination of burst, twitch, catch-point toughness, and run-after-catch ability, and that mix should allow him to produce at the NFL level. IC
Greg Newsome II holding up his end of the bargain while Wildcats struggle (4:25 PM)
Just five seconds into the second quarter, the Michigan State Spartans lead the No. 8 Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 17-0, with two passing touchdowns on the board. This hasn’t been the same lockdown Wildcats defense we’ve seen in previous weeks, but the team’s CB1, Greg Newsome II, has not been the issue.
Spartans quarterback Rocky Lombardi has been picking on junior Cameron Ruiz and hasn’t looked Newsome’s way since Newsome deflected two of his intended passes. Newsome’s combination of 6-foot-1 length and athleticism clearly shows up on screen, allowing him to blanket receivers while making plays on the ball, and his stock might rise into the Day 2 range if he keeps playing at a high level. IC
Stark difference in quarterback play between Clemson and Pittsburgh (4:15 PM)
Trevor Lawrence faced a tough test coming back from COVID with the Pitt defense lining up across from him, but he’s played well so far, completing eight of 12 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, proving his steadiness on top of his high-upside diagnostic traits.
On the flip side, Kenny Pickett is closing out his ACC career with the worst game of his career, having just one completion for 11 yards on nine attempts. He’s completed three times as many passes to the defense, tossing interceptions to Mario Goodrich, Andrew Booth Jr., and Malcolm Greene. Not every pick has been his fault, as receiver drops have played a hand in the turmoil, but Pickett’s decision-making has been subpar.
This game is a unique opportunity to see the difference between a bonafide first-round selection and a developmental quarterback first-hand. The difference is very noticeable, and it points to why quarterbacks like Lawrence are so coveted today. Consistent, high-quality quarterback play is rare. IC
Florida TE Kyle Pitts is back in all his glory (4:05 PM)
Kyle Pitts was finally back in action today after missing a few games with an injury, and he quickly rekindled the chemistry between himself and quarterback Kyle Trask. Pitts caught five passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns against the Kentucky Wildcats, again asserting his dominance against smaller defensive backs.
At this point, we’ve said just about all we can about Kyle Pitts, and every game from this point forward is mere confirmation of his extraordinary traits. Pitts has an elite combination of size and athleticism at 6-foot-6, 240, and whichever NFL team that picks him will be getting a matchup nightmare, both in the intermediate and deep ranges, as well as in the red zone. IC
Defense showing up early in matchup between Michigan State and Northwestern (3:55 PM)
This game wouldn’t usually feature a top-ten team, but the circumstances are different in 2020, and Northwestern has erupted to an undefeated start, mainly behind the play of its defense. That defense has clearly come to play so far in this game, but Michigan State’s squad is also making a bid to have the stingiest unit on the field.
On the first drive of the game, the Wildcats forced a quick three-and-out from the Spartans. Earnest Brown chipped in on a tackle for loss, and Greg Newsome II, graded as an early fourth-round pick by Tony, made the deflection on third down. On Michigan State’s first defensive drive, instinctive linebacker Antjuan Simmons logged a crucial tackle for loss. Then, on the Spartans’ next defensive possession, speedy cornerback Shakur Brown logged an interception, returning it to the red zone.
There isn’t much to write home about for either team on offense, but defensively, this will be a matchup to watch moving forward. Newsome already has another pass deflection, and this game may come down to who makes more plays on defense. There are a lot of under-the-radar draft prospects to keep an eye on here. IC
Trevor Lawrence will have his hands full today (3:20 PM)
Trevor Lawrence returns today after missing two games to COVID and another, which was a last-minute cancellation. While I expect Clemson to beat Pittsburgh today, I also expect the game to be closer than most believe.
If there’s a kink in the armor of Lawrence, it’s his accuracy under pressure, as he’s completing less than 40% of his throws with defenders in his face. That’s exactly what the Pittsburgh defense will bring as Patrick Jones (eight sacks/11 TFL’s) and Rashad Weaver (5.5 sacks/12.5 TFL’s) are among the best pass-rushing duos in college football. Add in two terrific defensive backs in safety Damar Hamlin as well as corner Jason Pinnock, and Lawrence could prove human today.
Jack Sorenson — the UDFA to watch in camp next summer (3:10 PM)
He’s not real big, and he’s not real fast; instead, Jack Sorenson is just a terrific receiver with great intangibles. The Miami-Ohio senior, who was ignored by scouts over the summer while I gave him a UDFA grade, is having a fantastic season. Sorenson posted 10 receptions for 177 yards during the Redhawks’ two games coming into today’s game. Today he’s added six receptions, 144 yards, and three TD’s against Akron.
Sorenson won’t be drafted, but his style and ability lead me to believe he will compete for a job as a fifth receiver/punt returner at the next level.
Raymond Johnson III, the other GSU defender, is looking good! (2:45 PM)
Not to be outdone by his junior teammate, senior defensive end Raymond Johnson III has been terrific today, totaling 5 TFL’s and a combined seven tackles with four minutes remaining in the game against Georgia State. Johnson is an explosive defensive end who plays hard on every snap. He lacks great bulk as well as power in his game but has enough ability, intensity, and upside to grade as a late-round pick on my board.
Duncan having another strong game (2:40 PM)
Georgia Southern safety Kendrick Duncan Jr., graded on my board as a second-day selection, is having another strong game today, this time against rival Georgia State. At the start of the second half, Duncan has three tackles and one INT. Last week against Army, the junior posted nine tackles, which came after four tackles, two PBU’s and one INT during the victory over Texas State.
Duncan missed the initial four games of the season with injury but has 25 tackles, five PBU’s, and one INT in the five games before today’s contest. I’ve stated previously that I’m hearing Duncan may enter the draft, and there are some in the scouting community who feel he could be a top 50 selection.
Quintin Morris — one of the few bright spots for BGSU (2:25 PM)
Bowling Green is getting hammered- again- this time by Ohio, who leads 45-10 as the second half commences. If there’s been a bright spot for BGSU today and throughout the season, it’s been the play of tight end Quintin Morris, who leads all pass catchers with six receptions for 69 yards. Though he’s yet to find the end zone, Morris has played better each week, totaling four receptions for 61 yards ten days ago against Buffalo.
Morris is a smooth, athletic move tight end who catches the ball well and looks more like a possession receiver. You can put Morris on the line of scrimmage or place him in the slot, and the tight end will do a good job. Despite being graded as a street free agent by scouts, I stamped Morris as a late-round pick, which is where he’ll end up if he runs well (4.75s range) prior to the draft.
Sleepers looking good in the battle of the MAC unbeatens (2:10 PM)
Earlier today, I mentioned the incredible early performance of Buffalo Bulls running back Jaret Patterson, who now has 267 yards rushing and five TD’s- at halftime!!!
At the start of the day, the player I mentioned was Kent State receiver Isaiah McKoy, who has three receptions for 82 yards and one TD and is doing his best to keep his team in the game.
Finally, Buffalo pass rusher Malcolm Koonce, a very underrated defensive front seven prospect, has four tackles, including one TFL and one sack in the first half. Koonce could sneak into the last round of the draft if he runs well during pre-draft workouts.
Rugamba looking good against Akron (2:00 PM)
When talking about Miami-Ohio draft prospects, for many, the conversation starts and ends with offensive tackle Tommy Doyle- and that’s wrong.
In many areas of the scouting community, Redhawks corner Manny Rugamba is rated as high as his teammate, and the senior is looking good today against Akron. Though he only has one tackle on the stats sheet, Rugamba has made several nice plays where he’s positioned himself to break up passes and has looked very good in coverage.
Tylan Wallace continues to impress (1:25 PM)
Were it not for a knee injury which shortened his 2019 season, there’s a good chance Tylan Wallace could be playing in the NFL this year. He made the right choice by returning to Oklahoma State and he’s improved his game this season. During the first half of the game against Texas Tech, Wallace already has six receptions for 102 yards.
Stats aside, it’s the little things Wallace does on a consistent basis that really impresses scouts. Besides being a fundamentally sound pass catcher, Wallace is a terrific blocker and shows a lot of ability running after the catch. While I don’t grade Wallace as a first-round prospect, I would not discount that possibility, especially if he runs well before next April’s draft.
Brad Stewart going in the wrong direction (1:10 PM)
Early in the 2019 season, Brad Stewart came out of nowhere as a fill-in starter and showed flashes of being a next-level starter. Since that point, the Florida safety has watched his game regress.
Stewart lines up at the Star position, a hybrid safety/linebacker spot for the Gators, but his play has struggled. He’s not displayed himself as a stout tackler and ball carriers are consistently running through his arms for lots of yardage. Stewart also takes a lot of poor angles to the action.
Entering the season as a PFA, Stewart will likely have to wait for the first wave of non-drafted players to sign before finding a team.
The coming of age for Keaton Upshaw? (1 PM)
Many were surprised this summer when tight end Keaton Upshaw, a redshirt sophomore, was listed as my top-rated prospect from the Kentucky program and graded as a potential second-day pick despite just seven receptions in 2019. It was the potential I saw in Upshaw which was the deciding factor in my grade, potential Upshaw is seemingly starting to meet.
Entering today’s game against Florida, the big tight end has 10 receptions, 134 receiving yards, and two touchdowns to his credit this season, and half of that production came during the past two games. Today against Florida, he’s caught three passes for 28 yards and one touchdown, which just tied the game 7-7.
Upshaw is a physical specimen still rough around the edges. He’s had a number of drops this season but has shown incredible upside which, if met, will push Upshaw up draft boards.
Good battle between potential first-rounders in PSU-Michigan (12:40 PM)
The game between Penn State and Michigan is meaningless for Big Ten standings but presents some intrigue for scouts, especially on the line of scrimmage, as two potential first-rounders battle it out. Junior left tackle Rasheed Walker is battling Wolverine senior Kwity Paye, and the Penn State tackle is getting the best of the battle in the early goings.
Walker is a large blocker who moves well on his feet and easily slides off the edge in pass protection. He has a size and strength advantage over the hard charging Paye, but needs to fine tune his game and learn to finish blocks.
Patterson off to a huge start (12:25 PM)
Speaking of Kent State-Buffalo, running back Jaret Patterson has already turned in four quarters worth of production during the game’s initial five minutes. Patterson has totaled 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns on four carries, including one that went 62 yards. As mentioned multiple times throughout the season, Patterson will enter the 2021 NFL Draft and projects as a solid Day 3 pick and situational ball carrier/third-down back for the next level.
The next Kent State draft pick lining up at WR? (12:15 PM)
Kent State is not known as a mecca of NFL prospects. In fact, they’ve had just three players drafted the past decade, and the top player to come from the program — Julian Edelman — was selected as the draft was closing out in 2009.
That may change soon, as scouts are high on junior receiver Isaiah McKoy, a prospect presently graded as a solid Day 3 selection. McKoy posted 57 receptions for 870 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019, and already has 20 catches for 314 yards and four scores in three games this season.
Kent State just kicked off against Buffalo a few moments ago.
How serious is Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth’s injury?
Penn State travels to Michigan in a game that is meaningless, something people would’ve never believed before the season started. The big news was this week’s announcement that junior tight end Pat Freiermuth will undergo season-ending surgery.
Sources speculate that Freiermuth’s surgery is minor, but there’s no reason for the talented junior to take the field anymore this season; it makes more sense to get the injury cleaned up and prepare for the NFL Draft.
Alabama vs. Auburn to feature dual between CB Patrick Surtain II and WRs Seth Williams and Anthiny Schwartz
Auburn versus Alabama is not expected to be much of a contest, but the battle between Crimson Tide cornerback Patrick Surtain II and Auburn receivers Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz is one that scouts will key on in Week 13 of the college football season.
Surtain’s play this season has been inconsistent, but he was dominant against Kentucky last week. Both Williams and Schwartz have displayed progress on the field this season; Williams has become the focal point of the offense as a dependable big-bodied wideout, while Schwartz’s home-run-hitting speed offers big-play ability for the Tigers. The contrasting styles pose a challenge for Surtain.
I expect Surtain and Williams to enter the draft, while I’m told Schwartz is giving serious consideration to doing the same.
QB Jake Bentley looking to impress vs. strong Washington secondary
Utah quarterback Jake Bentley saw his first significant playing time in more than a season since transferring from South Carolina, and he flashed ability against USC last week. In Week 13’s late-night college football action, he faces off against a Washington defense with a talented secondary.
Huskies safety and nickel corner Elijah Molden is a consistent player with a bit of Budda Baker in his game. Keith Taylor is a nice-sized corner who is well-liked in certain areas of the scouting community.
Bentley was deemed a potential franchise quarterback after his sensational freshman campaign at South Carolina. His game regressed from there, and he transferred to Utah after losing his starting job with the Gamecocks last season. In a shortened season that has already seen Utah cancel two football games, Bentley needs some spectacular performances to receive even late-round consideration.
Week 13 College Football TV Schedule: How and Where to Watch
See below for all of the Week 13 college football games today. Find out what time each game kicks off along with the channel they will be broadcast on.
Week 13 College Football Early Afternoon Schedule
- #4 Ohio St. at Illinois – 12 PM ET | FS1
- Kentucky at #6 Florida – 12 PM ET | ESPN
- Maryland at #12 Indiana – 12 PM ET | ESPN2
- Texas Tech at #23 Oklahoma St. – 12 PM ET | FOX
- Penn St. at Michigan – 12 PM ET | ABC
- Northern Illinois at Western Michigan – 12 PM ET | ESPN+
- Bowling Green at Ohio – 12 PM ET | ESPNU
- Kent St. at Buffalo – 12 PM ET | CBSSN
- Ball St. at Toledo – 12 PM ET | ESPN3
- SMU at East Carolina – 12 PM ET | ESPN+
- Georgia Southern at Georgia St. – 12 PM ET | ESPN3
- NC State at Syracuse – 12 PM ET | ACCN
- Vanderbilt at Missouri – 12 PM ET | SECN
- UTEP at Rice – 1 PM ET | ESPN3
- Miami (OH) at Akron – 1 PM ET | ESPN3
Week 13 College Football Late Afternoon Schedule
- #20 Coastal Carolina at Texas State – 3 PM ET | ESPN+
- Louisiana at UL-Monroe – 3 PM ET | ESPN3
- North Texas at UTSA – 3 PM ET
- South Alabama at Arkansas St. – 3 PM ET | ESPN3
- #22 Auburn at #1 Alabama – 3:30 PM ET | CBS
- Pittsburgh at #3 Clemson – 3:30 PM ET | ESPN
- #8 Northwestern at Michigan St. – 3:30 PM ET | ESPN2
- Colorado at #18 USC – 3:30 PM ET | ABC
- Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee – 3:30 PM ET | CBSSN
- San Jose St. at Boise St. – 4 PM ET | FOX
- Mississippi St. at Ole Miss – 4 PM ET | SECN
- Rutgers at Purdue – 4 PM ET | FS1
- Louisville at Boston College – 4 PM ET | ACCN
Week 13 College Football Primetime Schedule
- LSU at #5 Texas A&M – 7 PM ET | ESPN
- Duke at Georgia Tech – 7 PM ET | ESPN3
- Kansas St. at Baylor – 7 PM ET | ESPN2
- Memphis at Navy – 7 PM ET | CBSSN
- #9 Georgia at South Carolina – 7:30 PM ET | SECN
- #11 Oklahoma at West Virginia – 7:30 PM ET | ABC
- TCU at Kansas – 8 PM ET | FS1
- Virginia at Florida St. – 8 PM ET | ACCN
- Troy at Appalachian St. – 8 PM ET | ESPNU
- Arizona at UCLA – 8 PM ET | FOX
Week 13 College Football Late Night Schedule
- Utah at Washington – 10:30 PM ET | ESPN
- Nevada at Hawai’i – 11 PM ET