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Steelers 2021 NFL Draft and College Game Day Open Thread

It was an interesting college football season, but the conference championship weekend has arrived.

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Glad to be back at the wheel, so to speak. I want to give a big thanks to Andrew Wilbur (steelerfan11) for stepping in for me for a few of weeks.

Before we get started I want to bring up something that is draft related as well as Behind The Steel Curtain related. As many of you know Drop The Hammer is now over at Steeler Depot with his famous Big Board, thus leaving a void here at BTSC. Andrew and I have been talking back and forth about coming up with a version somewhat similar, but probably less elaborate. We are asking all the draftniks here at BTSC to jump in and help provide some content and help build a “smaller” big board for this great site. I’m asking for help because I have limited time with home life and work. Andrew has posted his own version of a TOP 100 in the Fan Post section, which is now on the main page, but we talked and wanted to do one that would centralize everything as well as expand opinions and rankings from just one individual.

If you are interested, we want to see your version of a TOP 100, it can be as elaborate with likes and dislikes or just simply a ranking. We then will form a consensus and add the names accordingly in a complete ranking. This is just a preliminary effort, hopefully it expands to maybe a Top 300 or something leading up to the draft. We are open for suggestions and any and all help. Let us know in the thread and THANKS in advance.

Back to the show, college football has reached it’s conference championship level and it wasn’t an easy task, cancellations and postponements were a huge part of this season. There were complete conference opt-outs with the uncertainties, there were player opt-outs and opt-back-ins. It has been crazy, but at least there was football to help us with these trying times. Sounds kind of selfish, and I guess it is, but football for three hours gives many people a release of sorts from the world around us.

There were some unfamiliar names in the Top 25 this year, and, if I may say so, one of the best games of the 2020 season came from one of those schools. Coastal Carolina hosted BYU, who at the time had the saying - “any where any time” - provided a back and forth donnybrook. By the way, The Chanticleers won that game.

On to this weeks slate of games!!!!!!!

Big Ten Championship

(14) Northwestern vs. (4) Ohio State Noon FOX at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN

Ohio State Buckeyes

Justin Fields QB #1

Chris Olave WR #2

Wyatt Davis IOL #52

Josh Meyers C #71

Shaun Wade CB #24

Northwestern Wildcats

Rashawn Slater OG #70

Paddy Fisher ILB #42

Big 12 Championship

(10) Oklahoma vs. (6) Iowa State Noon ABC at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX

Oklahoma Sooners

Creed Humphrey C #56

Adrian Ealy OT #59

Ronnie Perkins EDGE #7

Iowa State Cyclones

Brock Purdy QB #15

Charlie Kolar TE #88

Sun Belt Championship

(19) Louisiana at (12) Coastal Carolina 3:30pm ESPN at Brooks Stadium Conway, SC

Louisiana Ragin Cajuns

Elijah Mitchell RB #15

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

CJ Marable RB #1

Tarron Jackson EDGE #9

ACC Championship

(3) Clemson vs. (2) Notre Dame 4:00pm ABC at Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, NC

Clemson Tigers

Trevor Lawrence QB #16

Travis Etienne RB #9

Jackson Carman OT #79

Jordan Williams IDL #59

Derion Kendrick CB #1

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Liam Eichenberg OT #74

Tommy Kraemer IOL #78

Daelin Hayes EDGE Notre #9

Jerimiah Owusu - Koramoah ILB #30

Mountain West Championship

Boise State at (24) San Jose State 4:15pm FOX at Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV

San Jose State Spartans

Tre Walker WR #10

American Championship

(23) Tulsa at (9) Cincinnati 8:00pm ABC at Nippert Stadium Cincinnati, OH

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

Zaven Collins ILB #23

Cincinnati Bearcats

Desmond Ridder QB #9

Myjai Sanders EDGE #21

James Wiggins S #32

SEC Championship

(1) Alabama vs (7) Florida 8:00pm CBS at Mercedes Benz Stadium Atlanta, GA

Alabama Crimson Tide

Mac Jones QB #10

Najee Harris RB #22

DeVonta Smith WR #6

Miller Forristall TE #87

Alex leatherwood OT #70

Deontae Brown IOL #65

Christain Barmore IDL #58

Dylan Moses ILB #32

Patrick Surtain II CB #2

Florida Gators

Kyle Trask QB #11

Kadarius Toney WR #1

Kyle Pitts TE #11

Tedarrell Slayton IDL #56

Jeremih Moon EDGE #7

Marco Wilson CB #3

Trey Dean III CB #21

Join in on the conversation, tell us what game(s) you are watching and what prospects you wouldn’t mind seeing in the Black and Gold!

As always, GO STEELERS and Stay Safe!!!