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An NFL draft prospect to watch this weekend, Tennessee’s Titanic failure and more college football notes

You know it’s bad when a coach is comparing his situation to the Titanic.
Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt watches from the sideline in the second half of the season opener against Georgia State in Knoxville.
Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt watches from the sideline in the second half of the season opener against Georgia State in Knoxville. [ WADE PAYNE | AP ]
Published Sep. 13, 2019

GameDay breakdown

The Cy-Hawk Trophy will be on the line when Iowa State hosts No. 19 Iowa. Its winner will be the team with the best line. Iowa has a pair of potential first-round picks (defensive end A.J. Epenesa and left tackle Tristan Wirfs), while Iowa State defensive end JaQuan Bailey is one sack away from setting a school record. The edge might go to the Cyclones, who entered the year with the fifth-most experienced offensive line in the country.

Eye on the NFL draft

You probably know many of Alabama’s draft prospects (like quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Jerry Jeudy). But you might not know the top one the Tide faces this weekend. South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw has NFL size (6-foot-6, 310) and strength plus sacks in both games so far. This will be a big stage for him to try to pressure Tagovailoa.

RELATED: Video: Can Florida State and USF start rebounding this weekend?

Tweet of the week

Audible

"When the boat starts going down, remember all those mice running to the top, right. We have had a few that’s left our program, but you will figure out who wants to be a Tennessee Vol and who don’t.” —Second-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt (per the Knoxville News Sentinel). Psst, Jeremy: The mice who stayed on the ship all drowned.

By the numbers

1,040 — Yards allowed by FSU through two games. The last year when the Seminoles allowed that much offense in a two-game regular-season stretch? 1984

1 — AAC school without a win: USF

RELATED: Would USF’s Charlie Strong survive a ninth consecutive defeat?

1976-77 — The last time UF lost to Kentucky in back-to-back years

1975 — Last time Miami started 0-3, which it would do if it somehow falls to Bethune-Cookman

109 — Wins at Michigan State for coach Mark Dantonio. One more, and he’ll break a tie with Duffy Daugherty for the most in program history

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