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Draft Quack: HIHwW Edition

NCAA Football: Utah at Oregon Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

#21 Stanford at #25 Washington State 3:30 PM Fox

- The Cardinal travel to Pullman and take on a somewhat reeling Cougars team has seen them go from top 10 to 25th. Wazzu has been inconsistently consistent. HC Mike Leach has been getting some press for other jobs but has issued statements denying any interest. Stanford really needs a win to get their season back on track but may need to do it without the services of standout RB Bryce Love. Wazzu by 10 at the Palouse.

Stanford prospect to watch

1. Bryce Love 5'10 180 RB Junior

- Love is good. He has over 1000 yards on less than 100 carries. Has faced a ton of stacked boxes due to Stanford's horrid QB play. A great athlete with plus lateral agility and instincts. Reportedly not at 100% health.

Washington State prospect to watch

1. Hercules Mata’afa 6’3 250 DL RS Sophomore

- HM might be country’s most underrated defensive line prospect. He’s a tackling machine and is an impact player regardless of position or size. Fundamentally sound. Above average athleticism. NFL teams will have questions regarding his size and ability to put on weight. Simply put, he’s a machine.

Oregon at #12 Washington 10 PM Fox Sports 1

- Oregon is the underdog traveling to Seattle. Unfamiliar territory after such a prolonged dominance of washington. The Ducks will need to rely on the all-time rushing leader Royce Freeman to limit the damage from a still potent Malamute offense. washington QB Jake Browning has fell off a cliff in terms of production as he is nowhere the numbers of 2016’s Heisman contention. Ducks QB Justin Herbert could return from injury as he’s practiced some over the past couple of weeks. DC Jim Leavitt needs to drink up all the Pepsi and keep his defensive charges progressing like they have been this year. Can the Ducks pull off the upset?

Oregon prospect to watch

1. Royce Freeman 5'11 231 RB Senior

- Another game, another Royce Freeman sighting. Strength is a major plus. Lateral agility and footwork are pluses. Has been dominant in 2017. He's close to getting early draft consideration after a solid start to the 2017 campaign. He’s the career leader in most of the rushing categories in school history.

Washington prospects to watch

1. Azeem Victor 6’3 231 LB Senior

- Victor was having a standout campaign in 2016 before ultimately suffering a season ending knee injury. He’s back to form in 2017. Plus football IQ. Above average athleticism. He’s restored his draft status as a senior. It will be interesting to see how his medicals turn out at the Combine.

2. Dante Pettis 6’1 195 WR Senior

- Pettis may be the most underrated receiver prospect in this year’s class due to Washington’s low profile. He’s an elite athlete and dynamic return man. Deep speed is something to behold. Having a pretty good season being the only receiver of note after current Bengal WR John Ross left.

3. Viti Vea 6’5 340 DL Senior

- Vea is a very big man. At a listed 340, he slots in as a classic nose tackle type. He’s made an impact as such. Probably one of the better defensive tackle prospects this year. Living up to the recent legacy of standout Huskie DTs.

#22 Arizona at #17 USC 10:45 PM ESPN

- The fighting Arizona WildTates travel to Los Angeles and face a flailing Trojans team looking to stay in the Pac-12 South race. The Trojans are coming off a resounding win over the Sun Devils while Zona wom in dominating fashion over the Coogs. Expect a ton of offense in this #Pac12AfterDark special.

Arizona prospect to watch

1. Khalil Tate 6’2 215 QB Sophomore

- Tate has come on like crazy during the month of October. He’s more of a runner than passer at this point but the talent is undeniable. Arguably the most electrifying playmaker in college football this year. It will be interesting to see his development over the next year or so.

USC prospects to watch

1. Sam Darnold 6'4 225 QB Junior

- The latest "golden arm" prospect out of the Trojan factory. He's had a rough go of it in 2017 thus far, tanking his draft stock and Heisman hopes. Pocket presence had been improving until a shaky OL ruined it. Has all the physical tools to make it in the league. A gamer that refuses to give up regardless of score. There are reports that he is considering a return for a senior season for a variety of reasons (i.e. not wanting to be a Cleveland Brown).

2. Cameron Smith 6'2 245 LB Junior

- Smith is a grizzled college football veteran after having a sensational start to his career as a freshman. Smith is a fast twitch linebacker with a great football IQ. Very athletic and fits the mold for modern day linebackers. One of the best LBs in the country. Tackling machine and fundamentally sound.

3. Iman Marshall 6'0 200 CB Junior

- If you look closely, "Biggie" was the better cornerback prospect than current Tennessee Titan Adoree Jackson and Jackson was a first round pick. Very solid in fundamentals. A great athlete that can keep up with the faster receivers in the nation. Ball skills are on point. CB1 potential and then some. Has been a standout ever since he stepped foot on campus.

4. Porter Gustin 6'5 260 DE/LB Junior

- Gustin might be the best edge rusher in the Pac-12 if not the entire country. He's a freak athlete with great measureables. Flashed a lot of talent and potential during the first two years of his career. A defensive end by trade but has enough athleticism to pass for a good outside linebacker in certain situations. Standout junior campaign has him flying up the boards but he has tailed off a bit lately.