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Weekly Watch: Week 8

Are you ready for #NFLDraftSZN? It’s almost here! Week 8 of the CFB season is upon us and @tristancook_ covers the names to know in the ‘Weekly Watch!’

Week 8 of college football is here! If you’re new to this article, the goal is to bring you the top dynasty prospects to watch in nationally televised college football games. It’s never too early to take a look forward. Who are the top prospects playing? Who are going to be the sleepers of upcoming rookie drafts? Check back here every week for my ‘Weekly Watch’ series before you head into the weekend. Use this article each week as a place to refer back to as you get ready to watch each game.

How this article works:

I’ll give you the network, time, and teams playing in nationally televised games. Below that, I’ll list the respective schools’ prospects that are, in my opinion, worth mentioning, their position, the year they are eligible to enter the NFL Draft, and their listed heights and weights.

Feel free to reach out on Twitter (@tristancook_) if you have players you think deserve to be mentioned in next week’s article. But, hopefully, this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.

#2 Cincinnati @ Navy

Saturday, 10/23 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN 2

#2 Cincinnati

Desmond Ridder #9, QB 2022 (6’4, 215) 

Credit: Joe Robbins | Getty Images

The best prospect in this game is Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder. He has led the Bearcats to the #2 ranking in the country, and now the pressure is all on him. Ridder is actually coming off a less than stellar game last week. He completed only 56.5% of his passes, for 140 yards. It wasn’t a very inspiring performance. Now, all eyes will be on him to respond. I expect him to bounce back nicely in a game that Cincinnati should win handily. 

Jerome Ford #24, RB 2022 (5’11, 220) 

The other player of note for Cincy is RB Jerome Ford. He, unlike Ridder, is coming off of a monster game last week. Ford ran all over the UCF defense, including 4 first-half TDs. The more attention that Cincinnati gets, the more I think Ford will shine. He could choose to declare this season, or return for another year, but expect to see Ford getting a heavy number of carries against Navy this week.

Alec Pierce #12, WR 2022 (6’3, 213) – HONORABLE MENTION 

#3 Oklahoma @ Kansas

Saturday, 10/23 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN

#3 Oklahoma

Caleb Williams #13, QB 2024 (6’3, 218) 

The big news for Oklahoma has obviously been the QB change. Caleb Williams was an incredibly highly touted recruit, and since taking over for Spencer Rattler against Texas, he’s looked incredible. Williams is only a freshman, so there’s a long time before we have to figure out his ranking as a prospect. But, In an incredibly small sample size, Williams certainly has fit the bill so far.

Marvin Mims #17, WR 2023 (5’11, 177) 

Oct 10, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma player Marvin Mims (17) scores a touchdown during the Red River Showdown college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Longhorns (UT) at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Credit: Bryan Terry | USA Today Network

The next name to know for OU is Marvin Mims. After a monster game against Texas, Mims was relatively quiet last week against TCU. He only caught 2 passes for 56 yards. So, while that isn’t exactly an impressive stat line, there’s nothing to be concerned about. I’m a big fan of Mims, and expect him to wind up being a top WR in the 2023 class if he declares next year. He should have a good game against a less than stellar Kansas team.

Kennedy Brooks #26, RB 2022 (5’11, 211)

The next player to watch for OU is Kennedy Brooks. He continued his surprising and impressive 2021 season last week. Brooks rushed the ball for 153 yards and scored a TD on 20 carries. He continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Sooners this year. If he keeps this up, I expect to see his name shoot up draft boards this offseason. 

Eric Gray #0, RB 2022 (5’9, 205) – HONORABLE MENTION 

Kansas

Trevor Wilson #7, WR 2022 (5’11, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION

Northwestern @ #6 Michigan

Saturday, 10/23 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX

Northwestern

Evan Hull #26, RB 2022 (5’11, 210) – HONORABLE MENTION

#6 Michigan

Blake Corum #2, RB 2023 (5’8, 200) 

Credit: WolverinesWire.com

The player to watch in this game is second year RB Blake Corum. He’s been incredible this year, averaging 7.3 ypc with nearly 100 attempts on the season. Courm is shaping up to be one of the top RB prospects in the 2023 class. He is splitting carries with Hassan Haskins, but look for them both to have big days against Northwestern.

Hassan Haskins #25, RB 2022 (6’1, 220) – HONORABLE MENTION

Illinois @ #7 Penn State

Saturday, 10/23 | 12:00 PM ET, ABC

Illinois

Isaiah Williams #1, WR 2022 (5’10, 180) 

The player to watch for Illinois is dynamic QB turned WR, Isaiah Williams. This is actually his third year playing for the Fighting Illini, but he’s listed as a freshman. He only played in 4 games in his first year in 2019, and the COVID eligibility waiver means that he could play 3 seasons after this one. I don’t expect him to declare anytime soon, but Williams is a dynamic playmaker, and should be heavily involved.

Chase Brown #2, RB 2022 (5’11, 205) – HONORABLE MENTION

#7 Penn State

Jahan Dotson #5, WR 2022 (5’11, 184) 

Oct 31, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Jahan Dotson (5) makes the catch and scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The top prospect in this game is undoubtedly Jahan Dotson. If you’ve followed along with any of these articles for the past few years you know that Dotson is one of my favorite prospects in this class. He moved all the way up to #8 on Mel Kiper’s recent Big Board (insider), and is continuing to garner more and more national attention. The only downside for Dotson is that I think by rookie draft season, there won’t be as much value available in drafting him. But, that won’t stop me from going after him.

Noah Cain #21, RB 2022 (5’10, 220) – HONORABLE MENTION

Keyvone Lee  #24, RB 2022 (6’0, 239) – HONORABLE MENTION 

#8 Oklahoma State @ Iowa State

Saturday, 10/23 | 3:30 PM ET, FOX

#8 Oklahoma State

Spencer Sanders #3, QB 2022 (6’1, 210) – HONORABLE MENTION

Iowa State

Breece Hall #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 220) 

Credit: Orlin Wagner | AP

The main player to watch in this game is Breece Hall. He certainly shouldn’t be unfamiliar to you at this point. Hall has been impressive since his freshman year, and has yet to slow down. He is my RB1 at this point, and I’m not sure that it will change. Some people may like Isaiah Spiller more, but Hall is my guy. It should be a good test to watch him against OK State. 

Charlie Kolar #88, TE 2022 (6’6, 260) 

The other player to watch in this game is senior TE Charlie Kolar. The combination of Kolar, Hutchinson, and Hall have been essentially the entire Cyclones offense this year. Kolar is a big, physically imposing player. He certainly has the size to play at the NFL level. And, I believe there’s a good chance that after the combine, people will see that he also certainly has the athleticism. 

Xavier Hutchinson #6, WR 2022 (6’3, 210) – HONORABLE MENTION

#10 Oregon @ UCLA

Saturday, 10/23 | 3:30 PM ET, ABC

#10 Oregon

CJ Verdell #7, RB 2022 (5’8, 211) 

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 06: Running back CJ Verdell #7 of the Oregon Ducks carries the ball against the Utah Utes during the second half of the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium on December 06, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The main player to watch for the Ducks is senior RB CJ Verdell. Despite their shocking overtime loss to Stanford the last time they took the field, Verdell has looked quite good this season. He’s scored in every game, and is starting to generate some more draft buzz. Look for the Ducks to get back on track this week and to lean heavily on Verdell.

Travis Dye #26, RB 2022 (5’10, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION

UCLA

Zach Charbonnet #24, RB 2022 (6’1, 220) 

THere are two players on the UCLA side of the ball to know, the first is former Michigan RB Zach Charbonnet. He looks like he’s fully regained his form from his outstanding freshman year for the Wolverines. Charbonnet is averaging 6.4 ypc and has proven to be an able receiver out of the backfield. I think he’ll likely return for another season for the Bruins, but he has the potential to play at the next level.

Greg Dulcich #85, TE 2022 (6’4, 245) 

The other name to know is UCLA’s dynamic TE Greg Dulcich. He has been the Bruins’ most prolific offensive weapon this year. Dulcich has the size and athleticism to be a matchup nightmare at the next level. Look for him to be targeted heavily. He could be one of the top TE prospects if he chooses to declare.

LSU @ #12 Ole Miss

Saturday, 10/23 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS

LSU

Kayshon Boutte #1, WR 2023 (6’0, 190) 

There has been a lot of turmoil in Baton Rouge of late, but the one thing that we can count on is Kayshon Boutte being an absolute stud of a WR. He was finally held out of the endzone in the Tigers’ last game two weeks ago. But, he still has 9 TDs on the season. Boutte is my favorite to be the top WR in the 2023 class and has a chance to be a Biletnikoff winner. He is a special talent and a pleasure to watch.

#12 Ole Miss

Matt Corral #2, QB 2022 (6’0, 200) 

Ole Miss Football vs Alabama on October 10th, 2020 in Oxford, MS. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics Twitter and Instagram: @OleMissPix Buy Photos at RebelWallArt.com

On the Ole Miss side of the ball, the main player to watch is QB Matt Corral. He didn’t have a particularly good statistical game last week in the hard fought victory over Tennessee. Corral only completed 55.3% of his passes for 231 yards. He was sacked 5 times and threw his first INT of the season. There is some concern over if he will be at 100% for this game, or if he will play at all, but regardless Corral is one of the best QB prospects in this class.

Jerrion Ealy #9, RB 2022 (5’9, 185) – HONORABLE MENTION

Henry Parrish Jr. #25, RB 2023 (5’10, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION

Tennessee @ #4 Alabama

Saturday, 10/23 | 7:00 PM ET, ESPN

Tennessee

Tiyon Evans  #8, RB 2024 (5’11, 220) – HONORABLE MENTION

#4 Alabama

Bryce Young #9, QB 2023 (6’3, 214) 

Credit: Getty Images

The top prospect for the Crimson Tide is QB Bryce Young. As expected, after a less than stellar day against Texas A&M two weeks ago, Young came out on fire against Mississippi State last week. He completed 71.4% of his passes, and threw for 348 yards and 4 TDs. Young has to be the Heisman favorite at this point, and looks like QB1 for the 2023 class. 

Jameson Williams #1, WR 2022 (6’1, 189) 

The next name is that of Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams. In his first year in Tuscaloosa, Williams has made an immediate impression. He is averaging an incredible 20.2 yards per catch, which is 11th best in the country. I expect to see Williams continue to put up big numbers all year, and increase his draft stock.

John Metchie III #8, WR 2022 (6’0, 195)

The next player that I’ll be watching is John Metchie III. Not everyone is a fan of his, and some believe that Jameson Williams will actually be the better NFL prospect. To be fair, Williams has been the more productive of the two, with 11 fewer receptions. I think both have a chance at the NFL level, but I’m still on the Metchie side.

#5 Ohio State @ Indiana

Saturday, 10/23 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC

#5 Ohio State

Garrett Wilson #5, WR 2022 (6’0, 188) 

Garrett Wilson Credit: Matthew Emmons | Getty Images

The best 2022 prospect in this game is WR Garrett Wilson. He’s a special talent at the WR position. The Buckeyes were off last week, so it has been a couple weeks since we saw Wilson on the field. But, he’s my WR1 for this projected 2022 class. Wilson is listed as slightly shorter and lighter than teammate Chris Olave, but I think his explosiveness is unmatched. I’m excited to watch him against the Hooisers. Keep your eyes on #5.

Chris Olave #2, WR 2022 (6’1, 189) 

The ‘other’ 2022 prospect to watch in this game is the aforementioned Chris Olave. He is a much smoother WR. Olave looks effortless when running routes and running with the ball after the catch. He reminds me a bit of Will Fuller in that sense. He has easy speed and should be a very highly drafted WR in this upcoming draft.

TreVeyon Henderson #32, RB 2024 (5’10, 210)

The final name to know is freshman RB TreVeyon Henderson. He has been all that we hoped he would be and more. Henderson has shown power, quickness, balance, explosiveness, elusiveness, as well as an impressive receiving ability out of the backfield. He has to be the top RB in the 2024 class at this point. There’s obviously a ton of time until then, but get used to his name, you’ll hear it often.

Indiana

Peyton Hendershot #86, TE 2022 (6’4, 254) 

The main guy to know for Indiana is TE Peyton Hendershot. He has some noted off-field concerns, but as a prospect on the field, he is incredibly impressive. I think he possesses all of the traits that NFL teams look for at TE. He should be heavily involved in the offensive gameplan, so get ready to hear his name often.

Ty Fryfogle #3, WR 2022 (6’2, 205) – HONORABLE MENTION

Stephen Carr  #5, RB 2022 (6’1, 215) – HONORABLE MENTION 

USC @ #13 Notre Dame

Saturday, 10/23 | 7:30 PM ET, NBC

USC

Kedon Slovis #9, QB 2022 (6’3, 205) 

The top guy to know for the Trojans for me is still QB Kedon Slovis. USC hasn’t had the season that they had hoped for, but statistically, Slovis has been impressive. I think there’s a chance that he returns for another year in college, but I’m optimistic that whenever he does declare he should be a highly touted NFL prospect. I have been a fan of Slovis, so this Notre Dame defense should be a good opportunity for him to showcase his skills.

Drake London #15, WR 2022 (6’5, 210)

The other name to know is WR Drake London. He has been nothing short of spectacular this year. London is coming off an absurd game against Utah where he caught 16 passes for 162 yards and a TD. He is having a spectacular year, and looks like he’ll be one of the top WRs in this class. At 6’5, he has the size that not many other players have, so if he runs well, the sky’s the limit for him. 

Keaontay Ingram #28, RB 2022 (6’0, 215) – HONORABLE MENTION

#13 Notre Dame

Kyren Williams (NBC Sports)
Kyren Williams (NBC Sports)

Kyren Williams #23, RB 2022 (5’9, 199)

On the Notre Dame side of the ball, the names have stayed the same. The first is RB Kyren WIlliams. He has been the best offensive weapon for the Fighting Irish this year. He is technically eligible to declare for e the NFL draft after this season, but I’m not sure if he will or not. Expect to hear his name called early and often. I think he might return for one more year to South Bend, but we shall see. 

Michael Mayer #87, TE 2023 (6’4, 251)

A player that we know we will see for at least one more year in an Irish uniform is TE Michael Mayer. He is just an absolute nightmare for defenses to try to stop. Mayer is the top receiving option for Notre Dame, so he should once again be heavily utilized. He has done nothing to make us question his pro potential, and should be a top TE in 2023.

That’s it for this week’s games. As I previously mentioned, if there is anyone you’d like me to take a look at, or want to share your thoughts on anything dynasty related, hit me up on Twitter ( @tristancook_ ). Also, check out tape on some of these guys in the Dynasty Nerds’ Film Room. And, if you’re interested in joining the #NerdHerd? Use the code “tcook” for 15% off any membership. Sign up here and get an edge on all of your league mates today! You can get access to the DynastyGM tool (including our Trade Calculator and new Trade Finder), the Prospect Film Room, an extra weekly podcast, full rankings, and much, much more! 

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