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Draft 412 is ready for Saturday’s games and wants to make sure you are as well. Each week, we will preview the games and the players to watch, on our way to the draft in April 2024.
Here is our preview for - Week 13:
#2 Ohio State (11-0) at #3 Michigan (11-0) 12:00 Noon FOX (Saturday)
Line- Michigan (-3.5)
Draft 412 Prediction - Michigan 24 Ohio State 21
This is college football’s biggest game of the season.
Both teams took care of their matchup against Penn State to set up this clash of the undefeated titans. The number of future NFL players in this game is ridiculous and Draft 412 cannot wait to see which players raise their game in this slobberknocker.
Michigan has been going through the drama all season long with the suspension of Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, but at the end of the day, Draft 412 thinks the Wolverines will win for the 3rd straight season and play Iowa in the Big 10 Championship game.
Michigan- Running Back- Blake Corum
Blake Corum has as good a shot as any running back in the country of being the first back off the board in April, and Michigan needs him to have one of his huge games against a fast and athletic Buckeyes defense. Corum always seems to have big games on the biggest stage, and his 145 yards and 2 touchdowns against Penn State was a big reason the Wolverines won at Happy Valley.
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Ohio State- Wide Receiver- Marvin Harrison Jr.
The 6’4” wide receiver is the best overall player in the country. He can change a game at the blink of an eye and the Michigan defensive backs will have to be up to the challenge on every snap. Harrison runs precise routes and has dependable hands, and quarterback Kyle McCord is never shy about targeting him. If Harrison gets loose and has his way with Michigan, it is game over.
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Michigan- Cornerback- Mike Sainristil
Michigan has gotten big plays all year long from senior nickelback Mike Sainristil. He has 5 interceptions and has made plays at the biggest times for the Wolverines. He is a moving chess piece that they play in the slot and out wide and Draft 412 is sure at some point he will meet up with Marvin Harrison Jr.
This game is going to be a one score game and any turnover will change the tide. Sainristil is a 5’10” 182 lbs. cornerback who is creeping up draft boards and is currently in that 4th-5th round range.
Ohio State- Quarterback- Kyle McCord
Kyle McCord has put up solid numbers so far in his first season as a Buckeyes quarterback, but he has never had to play on such big a stage as he will in the Big House Saturday. McCord has done a good job of not turning the ball over and has consistently improved week in and week out. If he can get Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. involved early, it will go a long way to keeping the Wolverine defense on their heels.
Others to Watch
Michigan- WR- Roman Wilson
Michigan- RB- Donovan Edwards
Michigan- QB- JJ McCarthy
Michigan- LB- Junior Colson
Michigan- DE- Jaylen Harrell
Ohio State- RB- TreVeyon Henderson
Ohio State- WR- Emeka Egbuka
Ohio State- LB- Tommy Eichenberg
Ohio State- LB- Steele Chambers
#15 Oregon State (8-3) at #6 Oregon (10-1) 8:30 pm FOX (Friday)
Line- Oregon (-13.5)
Draft 412 Prediction - Oregon 41 Oregon State 17
The Ducks and Beavers have met every year since 1945, but that’ll end after this season. Oregon is leaving for the Big 10 and doesn’t have a non conference opening on their schedule until 2029. Oregon State is looking to deliver one last blow to their long time rivals, and knock them out of the playoff chase.
Oregon- Quarterback- Bo Nix
The high energy, fast paced offense of Oregon is led by Bo Nix and he has had an exceptional season in 2023. He has 35 touchdown passes, while only throwing 2 interceptions and has done a good job of getting the ball into the hands of all of the Ducks' weapons. He continues to climb up draft boards and can very well go in round one in April.
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Oregon State- Running Back- Damien Martinez
Martinez is another excellent sophomore running back who leads their team in rushing and is a rising 2025 draft prospect. If Oregon State can control the ball, it will go a long way to keeping their defense rested and Bo Nix off the field. Martinez is a physical back with good speed, who can run over or away from you. If Martinez can get the ball 20-25 times and chew up yards and time, the Beavers have a chance.
Oregon- Running Back- Bucky Irving
Irving has over 1,000 yards rushing and 43 receptions out of the backfield. The do it all running back is a big reason the Ducks' offense is always in high gear. Oregon State will have to pay attention to Irving on each snap, and he will line up in the backfield and in the slot. As a receiver, he is a headache to cover. Irving is the top 3-down back coming out in the 2024 Draft and will give some lucky NFL offensive coordinator a Swiss army knife of a player when he arrives in camp.
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Oregon State- Linebacker- Easton Mascarenas-Arnold
Oregon State has not faced an offense like Oregon’s. The Beavers will need some big performances from their defense and Draft 412 expects Easton Mascarenas-Arnold to lead the way. He leads the Beavers in tackles with 95 and has shown big play ability with 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. The junior linebacker is just starting to form his draft profile for the 2025 draft and this game can go a long way to putting his name on teams' radars.
Others to Watch
Oregon- WR-Troy Franklin
Oregon- DB- Evan Williams
Oregon- DE- Jordan Burch
Oregon State- QB-D.J. Uiagalelei
Oregon State- TE- Jack Velling
Oregon State- LB- John McCartan
Kentucky (6-5) at #9 Louisville (10-1) 12:00 noon ABC (Saturday)
Line- Louisville (-7.5)
Draft 412 Prediction - Louisville 20 Kentucky 19
Ok, so we are used to this being a huge basketball matchup, but in 2023, this is a huge football game for the Cardinals. Louisville has been college football’s biggest surprise and if not for a hiccup at Pitt, they would be undefeated. Rivalry games are unpredictable and Kentucky will be out to crush any chance of a Louisville playoff appearance.
Kentucky- Running Back- Ray Davis
Senior running back Ray Davis has been the most consistent performer on the Wildcats' offense and will need to have a big game at Louisville. He has rushed for 990 yards and 12 touchdowns and also has collected 25 passes for 5 more touchdowns. He only projects as a late round draft pick and has to work on his footwork and vision, but with his receiving skills, Draft 412 can see a team take a flier on him, and add him to a running back rotation.
Louisville- Quarterback- Jack Plummer
The 6’5” 215 lbs. senior quarterback has led the Louisville Cardinals to a 10-1 start, even though he has thrown 10 interceptions on the season. Plummer needs to stay within himself this Saturday and not turn the ball over.
Kentucky has nothing to lose and will be bringing pressure and showing different looks. Plummer is a UDFA candidate who will need to impress at the combine and interviews after the season to have a shot at making a camp and practice squad.
Kentucky- Quarterback- Devin Leary
Devin Leary has had an up and down campaign after transferring from N.C. State. He has only completed 56% of his passes and his arm strength just isn’t effective in stretching the field. Leary is graded by Draft 412 as a late round draft pick and knocking off a top 10 team on the road may open some eyes. He has a quick release and is an effective team leader.
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Louisville- Wide Receiver- Jamari Thrash
Jamari Thrash is an under the radar receiver that scouts are paying attention to. With 50 receptions for 741 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Cardinals, he is their big play threat that is difficult to cover man-to-man out on the edge. Thrash is a receiver who fits in that 5th or 6th round right now, but has the ability to improve his stock at the combine and pro days. He is quick with good length and can be a game changer on Saturday against Kentucky.
Others to See
Louisville- RB- Jawhar Jordan
Louisville- DT- Ashton Gillotte
Kentucky- DT- Deone Walker
Kentucky- DB- Maxwell Hairston