Three College Football Players the Eagles Should Watch

Who should Eagles fans keep an eye on during this week’s games?

Corey Davis. (USA TODAY Sports)

Corey Davis. (USA TODAY Sports)

This is the penultimate week before many conferences hold their conference championship games. With Louisville falling to Houston Thursday night, the top four teams to make the College Football Playoff are far from a lock. And even after a chaotic Saturday last week, anything is possible. This week, there are three top-25 games on tap, and all three have huge implications on perennial births in conference championship games.

Here are three players Eagles fans should keep a close eye on during today’s slate of games.

1. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
This week’s opponent: vs. Buffalo — 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Davis could be the next great star wide receiver from a Group of Five school, as he has potential to be selected in the first two rounds of this year’s NFL Draft. So far with the Broncos, the senior wideout has caught for 1,029 yards and touchdowns, and should put up big numbers today against the Bulls. He has a very athletic frame, while also having the speed to go deep and also being able to change directions quickly. He is knowledgable in his routes, and includes plenty of stutter-steps and shoulder fakes. But similar to Dorial Green-Beckham, Davis doesn’t use his height and leaping ability to win tough passes. If he can get aggressive in some of those situations, he will certainly be a dangerous wide receiver in the NFL.

2. Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
This week’s opponent: @ UCLA — 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Jackson’s draft stock rose last week, as he intercepted Washington quarterback Jake Browning twice in USC’s upset win over the Huskies. He’s got high-end speed at corner and is very fluid when he opens up his hips. His ball awareness skills are great as well. Although he’s an extremely athletic player, Jackson can give up on some plays due to focus and technique. He’s also small for his position, and even one NFL scout said in the Los Angeles Times he may not play corner, but instead at wide receiver. The same scout also said he’s more of a second round pick prospect, although he might get selected midway through the first round.

3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
This week’s opponent: @ California — 5:30 p.m (Pac 12 Network)

McCaffrey hasn’t had an explosive season like he did last season, but he still has over 1,000 yards rushing this season. And in each of his last three games, he’s rushed for over 130 yards. McCaffrey has a unique skill set, similar to Darren Sporles, as a runner, a receiver, and as a returner. He has superb vision and is able to stay patient to find holes to run through. He also has one of the better stiff arms in all of football. One thing he really needs to work on is his pass protection technique. Although he can pick up his assignments, the technique is not there sometimes. McCaffrey is projected as a late first or second round pick.

Game Of The Week: No. 22 Washington State @ No. 10 Colorado — 3:30 p.m. (FOX)

If you take a look at the Pac 12 standings in both divisions, these two teams are at the top. This could be the very same meeting in two weeks in the conference championship game. Luke Falk and the Cougars are one of the nation’s most exciting offenses, while Colorado has come out of nowhere back to relevance this season. Head coach Mike Leach has done a wonderful job turning the Cougar program aronud the past few seasons, and a win against the Buffaloes would give him all the momentum entering next week’s Apple Cup against Washington.

Honorable Mentions: No. 23 Florida @ No. 16 LSU (1 p.m., SEC Network); Virginia Tech @ Notre Dame (3:30 p.m., NBC); No. 9 Oklahoma @ No. 14 West Virginia (8 p.m, ABC); No. 13 USC @ UCLA (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

Here are the players we’ve previously highlighted:

November 12

Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson

Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

November 5

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

Tarean Folston, RB, Notre Dame

Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

October 29

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington (Division I-AA)

Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

October 22

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin

Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

Marquis Haynes, OLB/DE, Ole Miss

October 15

Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt

Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Ole Miss

October 8

John Ross, WR, Washington

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina

October 1

Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

September 24

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

September 17

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

September 10

Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

Desmond King, CB, Iowa

Jalen Hurd, RB, Tennessee