A number of razor-close conference games came down to the wire in Week 9 of the college football season. There was also a devastating injury which will impact the first round of next April's draft (* -- denotes underclassmen).
• The big news coming from the college football world Saturday centers around the
• BYU has been the surprise of the scouting community thus far in 2012. Entering the season with a pair of seniors graded as late-round picks, the Cougars now have three players who are considered top-90 selections. Besides Ezekiel Ansah, the senior defender previously mentioned as a potential first-round pick, junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy presently grades as a second rounder and offensive lineman Braden Brown is receiving third-round consideration.
• Illinois is on the other side of the spectrum, with three defensive prospects tumbling down draft boards. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence may have played himself out of the first round, while cornerback Terry Hawthorne is struggling to keep a spot in Round 2. Defensive end Michael Buchanan has watched his stock take a significant tumble and may fall out of the draft's top 75 choices.
• Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M continues to impress NFL scouts. The junior left tackle followed up his tremendous performance against LSU by shutting down Corey Lemonier of Auburn. Lemonier entered the game with five sacks and eight bquarterback hurries, yet was held to just two tackles by Joeckel, who now grades as a mid first-round pick.