Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sooner or Gator

Well, the final college football game of the season is upon us. Tonight's game should be fun to watch, and the resulting controversy will be great to watch as well. A lot of fans and experts thought that Texas should have been playing in the Big XII Championship instead of OU since Texas beat them head to head on a neutral field. A lot of people are going to say Utah deserves some talk when it comes to #1. Same for USC.

But perhaps more importantly, well to collectors at least, is which players from tonight's game will grace the colored cardboard next year. The biggest question is probably if Tim Tebow or Sam Bradford (or both) will be playing on Saturday's or Sunday's later this year. According to Rivals.com's NFL Draft Top 100, Bradford would be the #8 rated prospect if he decided to enter the draft. And everyone loves a good QB rookie card! Tebow's card should be in high demand as well if he declares, although there are many different opinions on how Tebow's style will translate to the NFL, and some even think he can be successful at a position other than quarterback in the NFL. Tebow flies in at #58 on the list. Percy Harvin, the Gators star wide receiver will be another high profile rookie card if he decides to enter the draft. Percy is also just a junior and the #18 prospect.

Two more wide receivers, senior Juaquin Iglesias (#52 prospect) from Oklahoma and senior Louis Murphy (#97) from Florida probably won't get much love from collectors at first, but they are in the 2nd half of the top 100 prospects. Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham is rated as the #12 overall prospect, but it's pretty rare that a tight end burst's immediately onto the football card scene, and he is just a junior as well. Non-skill position players tend to fly under the card radar as well, but it's worth noting that OU junior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (#14), OU junior offensive tackle Trent Williams (#28), senior OU guard Duke Robinson (#38) and junior Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham (#96) are all rated among the top 100 prospects for the 2009 NFL draft. Enjoy the game and the preview of which players will have wax on their face next season.

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