Trevor Lawrence returns for packed college football slate

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It’s another weekend of just one NFL game for New York, and it doesn’t even involve the team that suddenly is in the playoff hunt (albeit with three wins). That means more time for college football.

While the Giants are on their bye week, the Jets are back from theirs and will get another chance to avoid 0-16. In the meantime, there’s another Saturday for scouting prospects who could make their way to New York in next April’s draft. A slew of college games have been postponed by COVID-19 again, but with the season winding down, there are still plenty of good matchups on the slate Saturday, plus the return of a certain notable quarterback:

No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 19 Northwestern, 3:30 p.m., ABC

The Badgers have churned out their fair share of linebackers in recent years and appear to have another in the pipeline in Jack Sanborn, who had nine tackles for loss and three interceptions last year. Two more to watch are tackle Cole Van Lanen and tight end Jake Ferguson.

Northwestern’s top draft prospect, tackle Rashawn Slater, opted out, but look for inside linebacker Paddy Fisher — and not just for his name.

Kansas State at No. 17 Iowa State, 4 p.m., Fox

One of the top tight ends in next year’s draft class is Cyclones junior Charlie Kolar. The 6-foot-6, 257-pounder has 85 catches for 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns in his college career.

For the Wildcats, pass rusher Wyatt Hubert is disruptive on the edge, with 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in seven games this season.

Tennessee at No. 23 Auburn, 7 p.m., ESPN

The Volunteers are having a tough season, but 6-foot-6, 330-pound guard Trey Smith is one of the top interior lineman in the country and can be a force in the trenches.

After the Giants found a gem in Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton, could they go back to the well for the 6-foot-3 Seth Williams or speedy Anthony Schwartz? Tigers cornerback Roger McCreary could also be of interest.

Bonus: No. 4 Clemson at Florida State, Noon, ABC

Trevor Lawrence is back from a bout with COVID-19 to continue being the apple of Jets fans’ eyes.

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