Watch NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director of college scouting Dane Vandernat discuss some of the marquee matchups for college football in Week One, along with some prospects that the NFLPA Bowl will be keeping tabs on, as he joined Ric Serritella during ‘The State of Football’ show on Sports Illustrated.
Below are some of the highly contested games that NFL scouts will be sure to pay close attention to this weekend:
Featured Game: Alabama at Miami, Saturday, September 4th, 3:30pm
Two storied programs square off in this week one battle, highlighted by numerous players on the NFL radar, including Hurricanes signal-caller D’Eriq King. The athletic, dual-threat quarterback looks to state his case as a bonafide prospect at the most important position in football. A strong game against the defending champions would certainly help propel his momentum to kick off the season. However, lockdown cornerback Josh Jobe will be doing his best to keep King in check in what should be a fun game of mental chess.
Featured Game: Georgia at Clemson, Saturday, September 4th, 7:30pm
A whopping 24 players were named to the initial NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Watch List between these two schools. One key matchup worth monitoring is highly touted Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick, who could find himself assigned to Georgia playmaking wideout Demetris Robertson, two players who are expected to be playing on Sunday. Bulldogs linebacker Adam Anderson is one prospect who could hear his name called on Day One come April.
Featured Game: LSU at UCLA, Saturday, September 4th, 8:30pm
Another great meeting amongst two powerhouse programs to start the season, the Rose Bowl, which is home to the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is sure to be rocking. Tantalizing quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson seemed to be working off some rust during the Bruins week zero rout over Hawaii. He will attempt to take advantage of the heavy contingent of NFL scouts expected to be in attendance for this contest. One player flying under the radar for the Tigers is center Liam Shanahan, who transferred a season ago from UMass and went on to earn the starting job.
Featured Game: Fresno State at Oregon, Saturday, September 4th, 2:00pm
It was an exhilarating victory for Fresno State, as they began the season on a high note by taking care of business with a big win over UConn. The backfield duo of quarterback Jake Haener and running back Ronnie Rivers accounted for a bulk of the Bulldogs’ offensive gains. They now look to prove their worth against a top-ranked Oregon program, which featured nine players on the initial NFLPA Bowl Watch List. In fact, the Ducks boast a dynamic backfield duo in their own right with the running back tandem of CJ Verdell and Travis Dye, both of whom have caught the attention of pro evaluators.
It’s sure to be an exciting season, so check back for frequent updates throughout the season as we update you on which players are rising, sliding, and surprising. Follow us on Twitter @NFLPABowl for the latest news and announcements!