Last week's game of the week certainly delivered on its promise, with some ludicrous plays and an upset by the visiting Rebels. We aren't in store for any games of monumental importance this week, but there are several conference games worth tuning into. This is also a good week for seeing how small school prospects match up to top teams, with games featuring Western Michigan, Eastern Carolina, UMass, and Rice.
Game of the week
Tennessee at Florida
3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Both of these teams have had up-and-down starts to the season, but they also feature a host of solid prospects to look for. The biggest name is Florida corner Vernon Hargreaves III, widely considered one of the top prospects for 2016. Besides Hargreaves, Florida's defense has several other names to watch: edge rushers Jonathan Bullard and Brian Cox, cornerback Brian Poole, and safety Keanu Neale. They'll have their work cut out for them against a strong one-two rushing attack of Jalen Hurd (not draft-eligible) and Alvin Kamara (eligible), who combine for 495 rushing yards so far this season. Tennessee's offense also has two prospects to watch in underclassmen quarterback Josh Dobbs and receiver Marquez North, but both have been up-and-down to start the season.
When Florida has the ball, you can follow tight end Jake McGee around the field and see how he produces. Trip Thurman is a senior at left guard and may have pro potential. Tennessee's pro talent is mainly concentrated in the back seven of its defense, with safety Brian Randolph, linebackers Curtis Maggitt (injured) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and cornerback Cameron Sutton. There's no love lost between these two teams, and it should be a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Five guys I'm paying attention to this week
1. Myles Garrett, ER, Texas A&M
No, Garrett isn't draft-eligible yet. However, like we did in the past with Todd Gurley, Joey Bosa, and Jadeveon Clowney, it's good to take some time to appreciate a special talent who is already too good for college football. He already has 5.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss this season.
2. Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona
Wright was probably the most productive linebacker in college football last season. He's missed two games with a knee injury, but if he plays as expected against UCLA, it will be interesting to see how he attacks running back Paul Perkins.
3. Tajae Sharpe, WR, UMass
The 6'3" 200 pound Sharpe plays for a lousy football program, but he's earning plenty of accolades for his play and is considered a top senior prospect. Playing against Notre Dame will be some of the best competition he finds.
4. Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
Poor Beavers (great name, by the way). He just finished playing against Shilique Calhoun and Michigan State, and did a good job. Now he has to go against Joey Bosa and the Ohio State defense. Can he hold his ground?
5. Max Tuerk, OC, USC
I watched Tuerk's game against Stanford and came out extremely impressed. His 6'6" 285 pound size may not be an ideal match for playing center, but he has the playing strength to win one-on-one matchups and the agility you want in a pulling lineman. He's about to be a permanent member of my watchlist, so make sure you view him; the Arizona State game this weekend might be a good start.
Discussion topic for the week
Almost a month into the season, which prospects have been added to your watchlist? I mentioned Tuerk above, and others include Jared Goff, Jacoby Brissett, and Michigan's Jake Butt. Who are you keeping an eye on for the upcoming draft?