3 college football games Bengals fans must watch this weekend

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Thank goodness, college football is back! It is never too early to take a peek at some of the 2022 draft prospects who might fill a position of need next year. There are a lot of football games left to be played over the next two days. Here are three matchups that Cincinnati Bengals fans should be interested in.

First, let’s get the obvious one out of the way. There are several NFL prospects to keep your eyes on here.

Alabama vs. Miami


  • (OT) Evan Neal
  • (G) Emil Ekiyor Jr.
  • (C) Chris Owens
  • (S) Jordan Battle
  • (LB) Christian Harris
  • (LB) Henry To’o To’o
  • (DL) Phidarian Mathis
  • (DL) Justin Eboigbe
  • (DL) DJ Dale
  • (CB) Josh Jobe
  • (TE) Jahleel Billingsly

Neal is making the move to left tackle after playing guard and right tackle the past two years. He is the consensus best lineman available in the draft. How will he hold up at left tackle? We will start to get that answer Saturday afternoon.



  • (OT) Zion Nelson
  • (S) Bubba Bolden

Nelson is ranked 55th according to PFF. He has played predominately at left tackle for the Hurricanes. He will do so again this year. Can he impress against an always tough Alabama defensive line?

Of Nelson, Mike Renner writes:

"Nelson may be best known for being thrust into action Week 0 against Florida as a true freshman in 2019 and looking wholly out of place. That’s changed drastically over the past two years, as Nelson has added muscle to his frame and allowed only 12 total pressures as a sophomore just one year after giving up 38."

It appears that the Hurricanes may be overmatched. But, as Alan Rubenstein points out, the Canes are looking to surprise the Tide. It should come as no surprise that the Crimson Tide has the most players to watch on this list. It is a good thing that there are many at possible positions of need for the Bengals next year.