CFB Championship Saturday Open Thread: Who You Should Be Watching

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The final week of the College Football season is here, and with it the best matchups you could hope for.

It's been an interesting year, to say the least. Is the SEC's 7-year run of championships coming to an end? Does anyone stand a chance of defeating the juggernaut known as Florida State? Will TMZ have to hire an entire team just to follow Johnny Manziel around now that he's turned 21?

Now that the NFL coaching dominoes have started falling with the forced vacation on Gary Kubiak for putting Matt Schaub back in the game, things will probably get even more interesting. USC took Washington's coach, which in turn took Boise State's coach and Texas' almost-assured opening is going to get plenty of coaches plenty of money just to stay with their current teams; see Mr. Malzhan. And all that is before the NFL possibly comes calling on guys like David Shaw, Art Briles and Kevin Sumlin.

But all that is for the future. In the present stands the best action you are going to see on any one day of the CFB season, now that the major bowls are spread out over what feels like three weeks. Let's take a look at not only today's great matchups, but the potential draft candidates that are starring in each game. 10 schools, 40 prospects that rank in CBS Sports' Top 150.

Haven't been following all year? That's ok, you can just check out these lists to know whom to watch for in each contest!

Conference
Game Time
Matchup Line
Big-12 Noon ET
330p ET

No. 17 Oklahoma at No. 6 Oklahoma St
No. 25 Texas at No. 9 Baylor

OK St -10
(O/U: 56.5)
Baylor -16
(O/U: 72)

Of course, the Big 12 doesn't have a championship game, but there are four teams competing for the conference's BCS auto-bid. First up, rivals from my home state and then the Texas two-step.

Team Player Position Rank (Overall, Pos.)
Oklahoma Aaron Colvin CB 107, 13
Oklahoma Gabe Ikard C 141, 5
Oklahoma Jalen Saunders WR 142, 20
Oklahoma St Justin Gilbert CB 26, 3
Oklahoma St Calvin Barnett DT 120, 11
Texas Jackson Jeffcoat DE 95, 10
Texas Mike Davis WR 104, 16
Baylor Cyril Richardson OG 30, 2
Baylor Lache Seastrunk RB 54, 3
Baylor Ahmad Dixon SS 65, 2
Conference
Game Time
Matchup Line
SEC 4p ET

No. 5 Missouri vs No. 3 Auburn

Mizzou -1
(O/U: 58.5)

Team Player Position Rank (Overall, Pos.)
Missouri Kony Ealy DE 57, 6
Missouri Michael Sam DE 67, 8
Missouri EJ Gaines CB 77, 9
Missouri L'Damian Washington WR 146, 21
Auburn Jay Prosch FB 131, 1
Auburn Dee Ford OLB 143, 12

Conference
Game Time
Matchup Line
PAC-12 745p ET

No. 7 Stanford vs No. 11 Arizona State

Zona -3
(O/U: 56)

Team Player Position Rank (Overall, Pos.)
Stanford Trent Murphy DE 17, 3
Stanford David Yankey OG 21, 1
Stanford Shayne Skov ILB 58, 1
Stanford Josh Mauro DE 117, 12
Arizona State Will Sutton DT 36, 3
Arizona State Carl Bradford OLB 96, 9
Arizona State Marion Grice RB 151, 12

Conference
Game Time
Matchup Line
ACC 8p ET

No. 20 Duke vs No. 1 Florida State

Fla St. -29
(O/U: 63)
Team Player Position Rank (Overall, Pos.)
Florida State Cameron Erving OT 7, 2
Florida State lamarcus Joyner CB 49, 6
Florida State Timmy Jernigan DT 56, 6
Florida State Terrence Brooks FS 76, 2
Florida State Christian Jones ILB 79, 3
Florida State Telvin Smith OLB 87, 8
Florida State Kelvin Benjamin WR 93, 14
Florida State Bryan Stork C 110, 3
Florida State James Wilder Jr RB 123, 9
Duke Smoke N. Mirrors HC N/A


Conference Game Time
Matchup Line
Big-10 817p ET

No. 2 Ohio State vs No. 10 Michigan State

Ohio St -5.5
(O/U: 56)
Team Player Position Rank (Overall, Pos.)
Ohio State Ryan Shazier OLB 20, 4
Ohio State Bradley Roby CB 44, 5
Ohio State Jack Mewhort OT 72, 9
Ohio State Carlos Hyde RB 80, 5
Michigan State Darqueeze Dennard CB 18, 2
Michigan State Shilique Calhoun DE 98, 11
Michigan State Max Bullough ILB 150, 7


Next week, in our final Saturday College Football thread of the season, I'll have our third and final in-season mock draft. This will be the last one before we get to the all-star games and the combine. It is during this time frame when scouts get to finalize their big boards based on film review, and then start to move players up and down based on the new info. If you'd like to review Mock I and Mock II, click on the respective links.

Hope you've enjoyed the spin I've tried to put on our open threads this season!

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