College Football Game of the Week: #5 Michigan State @ #18 Iowa


College Football is officially here and the writers at NFL Mocks could not be more excited to start evaluating some NFL Prospects.  You can count on at least 1 article a week that will highlight a big time College Football game a week.  The article will focus on identifying some of the top prospects from each team and the key match-ups within that game.

This is a very important game that could very well decide who the Big 10 Champion will be.  Michigan State escaped an upset bid by Northwestern only to travel to Iowa to face a tough Iowa team.  For Michigan State this is the game that could propel them to the Big 10 title and possibly a National Title Game.  You can watch the game Saturday on ABC at 3:30pm.


  • The top prospect on this Iowa team is defensive end Adrian Clayborn.  There are a lot of people who have Clayborn ranked among their top 10 players eligible for the draft.  I have Clayborn rated a little lower than most, mainly because I question his pass rushing skills.  However, he is a very good player that should enjoy a good NFL career.  This game will test his ability to stop the run as Michigan State will try to pound it out on the ground.

Adrian Clayborn Scouting Report

  • Defensive Tackle Christian Ballard has impressed all season and some will argue he has out played Clayborn.  Ballard is a good athlete that is quick off the ball and is a very strong run defender.  He makes a lot of plays in the backfield and does a nice job collapsing the pocket in passing situations.  Ballard has been playing second fiddle to Clayborn but not for much longer, he has a bright NFL future!
  • A guy that has improved his stock a lot this season is quarterback Ricky Stanzi.  In the past Stanzi has struggled with inaccuracy and his decision making but so far this season he has shown a big improvement.  So far Stanzi has 16 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions, last season he had 15 interceptions.

Michigan State

  • Michigan State has one of the most productive players in College Football in Greg Jones.  Jones is a sideline to sideline linebacker that has a great nose for the ball.  There are some questions about his size and top end speed but we feel that Jones will be a very productive NFL linebacker.

Greg Jones Scouting Report

  • Kirk Cousins is a legit NFL prospect that still has 1 more year of eligibility.  I highly doubt that he will be leaving early but he is a name to watch for next season.  Cousins is a very accurate quarterback that makes good decisions, I want to see him win a game with this arm.