College Football Game Previews: Week 12

North Carolina vs. Clemson; Saturday, Nov. 18, 3:30 PM ET ESPN

The Prospects:

North Carolina

  • QB Drake Maye, No. 10
  • LB Cedric Gray, No. 33
  • WR Devontez Walker, No. 9
  • WR Nate McCollum, No. 6
  • RB British Brooks, No. 24
  • CB Nate Wiggins, No. 2
  • LB Barrett Carter, No. 00
  • LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., No. 54
  • DT Ruke Orhorhoro, No. 33
  • DT Tyler Davis, No. 13
  • S Andrew Mukuba, No. 1
  • QB Cade Klubnik, No. 2
  • RB Will Shipley, No. 1
  • WR Beaux Collins, No. 80
  • G Walker Parks, No. 64

The Matchups: While Clemson is not ranked, the program still has a good defense with a lot of pro talent who will challenge Maye. Wiggins could be the top cornerback Maye will face in conference play. Carter, Trotter and Orhorhoro will be tough defenders who will look to pressure Maye. Gray is going to see a nice challenge in the Clemson ground offense.

UCLA vs. USC; Saturday, Nov. 18, 3:30 PM ET FOX

The Prospects:


  • DE Laiatu Latu, No. 15
  • RB Carson Steele, No. 33
  • QB Caleb Williams, No. 13
  • LT Jonah Monheim, No. 79
  • S Calen Bullock, No. 7

The Matchups: Latu is in the running to be the top defensive lineman for the 2024 NFL Draft, and the Bruins will need him to get after Williams. Williams remains the favorite to be the No. 1-overall pick next April, but it would help him to have some dominant performances over his final few weeks of college football.

Minnesota vs. Ohio State; Saturday, Nov. 18, 4:00 PM ET BTN

The Prospects:


  • CB Justin Walley, No. 5
  • S Tyler Nubin, No. 24
  • TE Brevyn Spann-Ford, No. 88
Ohio State
  • WR Marvin Harrison Jr., No. 18
  • WR Emeka Egbuka, No. 2
  • RB TreVeyon Henderson, No. 32
  • RB Miyan Williams, No. 3
  • DE J.T. Tuimoloau, No. 44
  • DE Jack Sawyer, No. 33
  • DT Michael Hall Jr., No. 51
  • LB Tommy Eichenberg, No. 35
  • CB Denzel Burke, No. 10
  • CB Jordan Hancock, No. 7
  • CB Cameron Martinez, No. 3
  • S Lathan Ransom, No. 8
  • S Josh Proctor, No. 41

The Matchups: There are some very good matchups of future NFL starters going head-to-head in this game. Harrison is in the running to the first non-quarterback selected in the 2024 NFL Draft, and he will be a huge challenge for Walley. Walley has played well this year and impressed team evaluators. Nubin also has been very good, and he could be called on to help double Harrison. Nubin has first- or second-round potential for the 2024 NFL Draft and could turn into a starter. He will also be needed to limit Henderson and the Ohio State rushing offense.