The second half of the college football season begins with several top match-ups between conference foes. Scouts have also witnessed a number of outstanding performances from lesser-known prospect and even a few players they ignored entering the season. (* - underclassman)
• It was another terrific day for the top underclassmen at the tight end position. Tyler Eifert came up big for Notre Dame, totaling four receptions, 73 yards and a touchdown in the team's three-point victory over BYU. Stanford's Zach Ertz fared even better with six receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinal won "The Big Game" over California. Though there's been no official announcement, sources say the Stanford coaching staff is preparing for life without Ertz in 2013, a sure sign he'll enter the draft.
• Entering the season reports claimed NFL scouts had stamped LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger with a first-round grade based on his play during August camp. Scouts have reevaluated their initial grade as the junior college transfer has been spotty in the teams eight games. Mettenberger seems unsure of himself in the pocket and the accuracy of his passes leaves a lot to be desired. He offers a tremendous amount of upside, but needs a lot of work on his game.
• The consensus in the scouting community is two more junior signal callers, Tyler Bray of Tennessee and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech, would be wise to return for their senior seasons rather than opt for the NFL draft. Neither has developed as scouts expected entering the season.