Dak Prescott and the top-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs won 45-31 but NFL scouts will note strong efforts in the game from Kentucky's top 2015 NFL prospects Alvin "Bud" Dupree and Za'Darius Smith as well as a breakout performance from redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles.
Week 7 of the NCAA football season included several noteworthy performances sure to capture the attention of NFL scouts. Whose stock may be moving up or down based on their play? Players from the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12 and more are included.
A loss to the Arizona Wildcats at home hurts Oregon's playoff chances. Also painful? Four of the Ducks' best players -- QB Marcus Mariota, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DE Arik Armstead and DE Tony Washington -- each play a role in the stunning defeat.
The former five-star recruit is beginning to look comfortable playing weakside linebacker in Ellis Johnson's scheme. That's not good news for SEC opponents (or Kansas State QB Jake Waters on Thursday night) but it could be for NFL teams in need of a chase linebacker.
Differing styles and burgeoning NFL prospects highlighted the late-night Big Ten/Pac-12 showdown between Rutgers and Washington State with the Scarlet Knights and star running back Paul James outlasting the Cougars and hard-luck quarterback Connor Halliday.
In his first game at left tackle, Texas A&M senior Cedric Ogbuehi looked every bit the part of a projected top three pick. The shocker wasn't that the Aggies could replace Jake Matthews but how quickly sophomore Kenny Hill could make college football forget about Johnny Manziel.
Today's kickoff of the D-I season serves as the New Year holiday in football. As such, here are my five bold predictions for the 2014 season and the impact they'll have on the 2015 NFL draft. Surprising Heisman winner? Check. Breakout NFL prospects? You know it. Improbable national title and Super Bowl predictions? Yep, got those too.