College football is back after a long hiatus on an eventful Saturday in the world of sport. There are several interesting games on the docket as the world awaits with bated breath for this little known and zero hyped boxing match between Mayweather and MacGregor. You may have heard of it, no? Here are some prospects to keep an eye on.
Oregon State at Colorado State 2:30 PM EST CBS Sports Network
- The Beavers travel to lovely Fort Collins to take on a Rams program looking to kick off the 2017 season right under HC Mike Bobo. Interestingly enough, CSU has back to back Pac-12 opponents to start 2017 with the rivalry game against Colorado looming in Denver. OSU finished a dismal 4-8 in 2016 and will look to rebound under HC Gary Andersen's third campaign in Corvallis. The Rams are opening up a new on campus stadium so it will be interesting to see how fired up they will be for it. These two teams have the honor of getting the 2017 college football season started. Can the Beavers get it right the first time at bat? Or will the Rams memorialize their new stadium with a win?
Oregon State prospects to watch
1. Ryan Nall 6'2 240 RB Junior
- Nall is a very big guy at the position. An above average athlete that has deceptive speed. He had an interesting sophomore season, rushing for just under 1000 yards and posted over 200 yards in receiving. The unquestioned leader of the Beavers offense. Can he build up his draft stock as a junior to consider going pro?
2. Xavier Crawford 6'1 188 CB RS Sophomore
- Can he step up as "The Man" true number one shutdown corner after all everything Treston Decoud graduated to the NFL? Physically he fits the bill as big and tall corner who can run. Turned in a freshman All-American season in 2016. He certainly had a winding road getting to this point, enrolling at OSU as a grayshirt before finally making something of himself.
Colorado State prospect to watch
1. Michael Gallup 6'1 200 WR Senior
- Gallup is a former three star recruit that transferred in from Butler CC. He has a hometown tie to HC Mike Bobo as both are Georgia natives. An very productive debut season for the Rams as he posted 76 catches for 1272 yards along with 14 touchdowns. He's a technically proficient route runner that can run virtually every route in his sleep. Mike Bobo's offense is a variance of the "pro style" that requires its receivers to be great route runners. He could be one of the sleepers in a loaded 2017 receiver class.
#14 Stanford vs Rice 10 PM EST ESPN
- The Cardinal and Owls are set to do battle in The Land Down Under as a continuation of trying to grow the game in Australia. Stanford is coming off an interesting 10-3 season that ended in a thrilling Sun Bowl win over North Carolina. The Cardinal managed a third place in the highly competitive Pac-12 North. Rice, on the other hand, struggled to a 3-9 record in 2016. A rematch from last year in which Stanford handled the Owls comfortably. Expect more of the same. Stanford might have the best bookend tackles in the conference in David Bright and Casey Tucker.
Stanford prospects to watch
1. Bryce Love 5'10 180 RB Junior
- The heir apparent to Christian McCaffery's throne is ready to take over now that McCaffery is making fools out of NFL defenders. A former four star recruit that patiently waited for his turn. A great athlete in his own right.
2. Quenton Meeks 6'2 195 CB Junior
- NFL scouts will be salivating to be able to watch Meeks in person. A big physical corner prospect with great speed. A lot of folks have started the Richard Sherman comps already but I see a bit of Xavier Rhodes in his game. Should be an early round prospect due to measureables. Can be a potential CB1 alpha type.
Bonus game to watch
#19 South Florida at San Jose State 7:30 PM CBS Sports Network
- Charlie Strong's debut for the Bulls. Also, Quinton Flowers. He good.