And just like that, the 2019 college football season is almost over, and the 2020 NFL Draft is looming on the horizon. But we’re not done sifting through the debris just yet; let’s take a look at the five biggest developments from Week 14’s slate of action!
Jordan Love’s future
It often takes a certain level of excellence for non-Power 5 prospects like Utah State’s Jordan Love to break out onto the NFL Draft scene, and that’s what he experienced in 2018. In 2019, Love hasn’t seen the same kind of success; his outing against New Mexico brought his touchdown-to-interception ratio to 17:16, just one year after he threw 32 scores to just six picks.
Love clearly has potential, and he’d be an intriguing addition to this year’s quarterback crop, but as our own Tony Pauline revealed in the 8:00 PM edit of his Week 14 live blog, there’s a remote chance Love could decide to stay in school, and further unlock his potential elsewhere:
“Utah State beat New Mexico 38-25 today to assure themselves a bowl berth. It was another average game from Jordan Love. During last weeks edition of our Q&A, I mentioned it would be a surprise if Jordan Love did not enter the draft and rumors were rampant he has representation lined up. I’m told on the off chance he doesn’t enter the draft, Love will likely go the graduate transfer route and leave Utah State.
Should he go the graduate transfer route, expect Texas Tech to be near the top of his wish list, so Love could be reunited with former Utah State head coach Matt Wells.”
Whatever route Love ends up choosing, he’ll be up against plenty of prospects for the top quarterback spot. The 2020 NFL Draft is stocked with prolific passers such as Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jacob Eason, and Jake Fromm, while the 2021 class will be dominated by talk of Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Love has the arm talent and athleticism to enter both conversations. But does he feel as if he’s done enough?