Week 8 has plenty in store for college football fans. No. 10 Oregon heads to the Rose Bowl to face UCLA following a 31-24 loss to Stanford that dropped them seven spots in the Associated Press Top 25.
No. 12 Ole Miss hosts LSU, who took down No. 20 Florida 49-42 after being 12.5-point underdogs at home. The Tigers recently announced that they will part ways with coach Ed Orgeron after this season, but they’ll need to focus on containing Matt Corral and the red-hot Rebels offense.
No. 2 Iowa collapsed against Purdue 24-7 after coming away with just seven points in five trips to the red-zone. While this was the biggest surprise, not much spectacular occurred in Week 7.
Week 8 will almost certainly be different with plenty of entertaining matchups. Here are five NFL Draft prospects to watch in those matchups.
1) Drake London (WR) - USC Trojans
London has been quarterback Kedon Slovis’ go-to receiver. London has been targeted a ridiculous 88 times in just six games, catching 64 of them for 832 yards and five touchdowns.
London sheds off coverage better than anyone in the nation. He ranks first among all wide receivers in contested touchdown catches since 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
London actually went 21st overall to the New Orleans Saints in CBS Sports’ latest mock draft from Wednesday. New Orleans should jump on the opportunity to take him should they end up with a pick in that range.
2) David Bell (WR) - Purdue Boilermakers
Bell is a great deep threat that never wants to go down after the catch. His 13 broken tackles are good for fourth in the nation. Bell also ranks inside the top 50 in yards per catch with 17.9.
Bell has already racked up 38 catches for 679 yards and four touchdowns in just five games. He put up a masterful performance against No. 2 Iowa with 11 catches for 240 yards and a score.
3) Myjai Sanders (DE) - Cincinnati Bearcats
No. 2 Cincinnati (that’s right number two) has reached its highest national ranking in program history following a 56-21 drumming of UCF. Myjai has been an integral part of the nation’s third-ranked scoring defense that allows just 13.67 points per game.
Sanders had a fantastic 2020 with seven sacks, 31 total tackles, 10.5 for loss and five passes defended in just 10 games. He’s explosive off of the line and continues to showcase his ability to get to the quarterback.
Sanders looks to only be getting better as he’s set career-highs in sacks, tackles for loss and passes defended in each season with the Bearcats.
4) Carson Strong (QB) - Nevada Wolf Pack
Strong has one of the prettiest deep balls in the country and has gotten things done through the air week in and week out. He’s completed 68 percent of his passes for just under 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Strong was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year after a solid sophomore campaign in 2020 by completing 70 percent of his passes for 2,858 yards, 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
While he isn’t able to do much as a runner, Strong has yet to finish a game with under 260 passing yards. His lack of a dual-threat ability certainly doesn’t help his draft stock, but his pocket awareness more than makes up for it.
5) Damone Clark (LB) - LSU Tigers
In what’s been a somewhat forgettable season for LSU, Clark has been the shining light on their defense. He leads the nation with 50 solo tackles and has 80 total. Clark has added a forced fumble and recovery with one pass defended.
The Tigers were without eight defensive players against Florida due to injury, but Clark stepped up and recorded 11 total tackles.
LSU will continue to rely on Clark defensively for the rest of the season, especially against No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 4 Alabama in the next two games. The Saints have a reputation of not drafting players from LSU but they could fight that notion by selecting Clark.