The NFL lineup is big in Boulder as Caleb Williams and No. 8 USC face Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders

The NFL lineup is big in Boulder as Caleb Williams and No. 8 USC face Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders

Caleb Williams and Shedeur Sanders were the focus of the match

All eyes are on Boulder as the Colorado Buffaloes welcome No. 8 USC to Folsom Field in Week 5.

Defending Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams leads the Trojans past quarterback Shedeur Sanders and the Buffaloes 3-1 at 12:00:
12 a.m. ET on FOX.

Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) passes the ball during the PAC-12 Conference football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon Ducks on September 23, 2023, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Icon Brian Murphy/Sportswire via Getty Images)

Williams is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft if he leaves school after his junior season, while Sanders is off to a strong start in his first year at the FBS level.

According to ESPN, the presence of both quarterbacks drew interest from the NFL, with 30 NFL scouts for 21 teams attending the game. Williams is off to a ridiculously hot start, throwing for 1,200 yards, 15 touchdowns and no interceptions in USC’s 4-0 start to the season.

“This kid is a playmaker,” Colorado head coach Deion Sanders said of Williams. “He is the epitome of class and confidence in what he brings. He plays football. He helps this team continue to grow. Those are a few. »

Williams ran an offense against USC when the Trojans led the nation in points per game (55.0) and were third nationally in yards per game (569.3).

Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders talks with his son QB Shedeur Sanders before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on September 23, 2023. (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images )

Sanders is also off to a spectacular start, throwing for 1,410 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception.

The Buffaloes started the year 3-0, taking the college football world by storm with wins over TCU, Nebraska and Colorado State.

The run stopped in Week 4 against the Oregon Ducks when the Buffaloes ran off the field. Colorado went into halftime up 35-0 before losing 42-6.

“It was a good old-fashioned kick in the ass,” Coach Sanders said afterward. “No reason, nothing.”

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) during the college football game between the Stanford Cardinal and USC Trojans on September 9, 2023, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Shedeur Sanders and Williams are both in their junior seasons and could enter the 2024 NFL Draft.

Before the start of the college football season, Williams told ESPN that he would make a decision about his future after the school year. “It will definitely be an immediate decision at the end of the year,” Williams told ESPN about the 2024 NFL Draft. “This is my third year, my dream and goal is to get to third. To be with these guys, go to college and enjoy it. We’ll have to see at the end of the year.”

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