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College Football ’18: 5 players to watch in Week 3

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Each week, The Game Haus will highlight five players to watch from college football games featuring Top 25 teams. From established stars to players on the verge of breaking out, we’ll offer some names to remember every week of the college football season.

Here’s a look at five players to watch for Week 3 (All times Eastern):

Jonathan Garvin, DL, Miami, FL

Matchup: at Toledo, Noon, Saturday

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Jonathan Garvin (Photo by sun-sentinel.com)

Breakdown: The Hurricanes sophomore is tied for second in the nation with 6 1/2 tackles for loss. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds Garvin is blessed with a solid combination of strength and quickness, which should come in handy this weekend against a Toledo squad thinking upset. The Rockets totaled 603 yards in their opener against VMI two weeks ago and traditionally offer a nice balance between the run and pass. Garvin has the athletic ability to disrupt both.

Brandon Wimbush, QB, Notre Dame

Matchup: vs. Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m., Saturday

Breakdown: Irish coach Brian Kelly says he still has faith in Wimbush, whose inconsistency has shown out of the gate this season. The senior threw for a career-high 297 yards against Ball State last week, but also was picked off three times and sacked four. He also rushed for minus-7 yards on 11 carries in that contest. Vanderbilt is 2-0 and appears to have fine-tuned some things on defense from a year ago, so Wimbush has to be ready for a battle and is definitely one the players to watch this week. It will be interesting to see how long of a leash Kelly really has for Wimbush.

Nick Brossette, RB, LSU

Matchup: at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30 p.m., Saturday

Breakdown: It’s still early, but Brossette might be the next in the line of quality Tigers running backs. He’s totaled 262 rushing yards and averaged 6.4 per carry in two games. One of those contests came against a good Miami team, but a huge test awaits Saturday for the senior who has paid his dues at LSU and is finally one of those players to watch. Auburn has yielded 149 rushing yards in its two games, the first coming against Washington. Its defensive line is stout and up for any challenge.

Taylor Cornelius, QB, Oklahoma State

Matchup: vs. No. 17 Boise State, 3:30 p.m., Saturday

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Taylor Cornelius (Photo by theathletic.com)

Breakdown: Cornelius set a school record by throwing for 728 yards plus six touchdowns in his first two starts. He’s a big reason the Cowboys are ranked again and poised to be a contender in the Big 12. No doubt the least known of the players to watch this week, Cornelius has a chance to really prove his worth at home against the Broncos. Boise has allowed 27 points through two games and just 71 passing yards against Connecticut last week at home. Cornelius was intercepted three times in his two games so the Broncos should be excited.

Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Matchup: vs. No. 15 TCU, 8 p.m., Saturday

Breakdown: The truth is, Bosa is among the players to watch every week, but he could be the difference this week as the Buckeyes face their first true test of the young season against TCU. The Horned Frogs have a talented, versatile sophomore quarterback in Shawn Robinson. But this is his first year as a starter and also his first real test. Expect him to see a lot of Bosa, who already has nine tackles, five for loss and three sacks through two games.

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