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BOWL PREVIEW '18

Game-by-game look at the bowl season

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

NOTE: Only games that involve Reese's Senior Bowl players are listed
*all time Eastern

Saturday, Dec. 15

Arizona State's Renell Wren leads the Sun Devils against Fresno St.

NEW MEXICO BOWL PRESENTED BY PROGRESSIVE
ESPN, 2pm 
Utah State (10-2) vs. North Texas (9-3)
Utah State TE Dax Raymond has the athleticism and receiving upside that NFL teams are looking for at the TE position

MITSUBISHI MOTORS LAS VEGAS BOWL
ABC, 3:30pm
Arizona State (7-5) vs. 21 Fresno State (11-2)
Arizona State DT Renell Wren (right) will show off his athletic tools and impressive frame that will win the weigh-ins. 

Tuesday, Dec. 18

CHERIBUNDI BOCA RATON BOWL
ESPN, 7pm
UAB (10-3) vs. Northern Illinois (8-5)
Northern Illinois OL Max Scharping’s reliability will be counted on against a talented UAB front.

Thursday, Dec. 20

BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL
ESPN, 8pm
Marshall (8-4) vs. South Florida (7-5)
Marshall WR Tyre Brady has the length and ball skills to be an effective outside WR at the next level. 

Saturday, Dec. 22

LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL
ESPN, 3:30pm
Houston (8-4) vs. Army (10-2)
Houston CB Isaiah Johnson will not be tested much in the passing game, but will have an opportunity to showcase his run support and physicality against Army. 

DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL
ESPN, 7pm
Buffalo (10-3) vs. Troy (9-3)
Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson’s NFL size and skillset will be showcased down here in Mobile, Alabama as a Senior Bowl preview. 


Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson leads the NCAA in sacks.

SOFI HAWAII BOWL
ESPN, 10:30pm
Hawaii (8-5) vs. Louisiana Tech (7-5)
Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson (right) gets one more opportunity to add to his NCAA leading 15 total sacks.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

SERVPRO FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
ESPN, 1:30pm
Boston College (7-5) vs. 25 Boise State (10-3)
Boston College’s Senior Bowl quartet of TE Tommy Sweeney, OG Chris Lindstrom, DE Zach Allen, and SS Will Harris will look to finish strong for the Golden Eagles.

CHEEZ-IT BOWL
ESPN, 9pm
California (7-5) vs. TCU (6-6)
TCU’s duo of Ben Banogu and L.J. Collier get one more chance to rush the passer together before they team up at the end of January in Mobile. 

Thursday, Dec. 27

WALK-ON’S INDEPENDENCE BOWL
ESPN, 1:30pm
Temple (8-4) vs. Duke (7-5)
Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin only played one season at Temple but made the most of it and his story will be talked about throughout the pre-draft process. 

Miami's Gerald Willis will go against two Senior Bowl offensive linemen.

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL
ESPN, 5:15pm
Miami (7-5) vs. Wisconsin (7-5)
Miami DT Gerald Willis (right) has persevered through adversity in his career and has become a very exciting NFL draft prospect. He will have good matchups against Wisconsin’s Senior Bowl trio of FB Alec Ingold, OG Michael Dieter, and OG Beau Benzschawel.

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL
ESPN, 9pm
Baylor (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6)
Baylor WR Jalen Hurd will not be playing in the game due to an injury, but we are excited about his versatile skillset and athletic traits.

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL
ESPN, 1:30pm
Purdue (6-6) vs. Auburn (7-5)
Senior defensive leaders LB Deshaun Davis and DT Dontavius Russell, along with redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham, aim to end their seasons and college careers on a positive note.

Friday, Dec. 28 

CAMPING WORLD BOWL
ESPN, 5:15pm
16 West Virginia (8-3) vs. 20 Syracuse (9-3)
QB Will Grier and OT Yodny Cajuste will not be playing but TE Trevon Wesco and WR David Sills V look to pick up the slack before they all team up again at the Senior Bowl. 

VALERO ALAMO BOWL
ESPN, 9pm
24 Iowa State (8-4) vs. 13 Washington State (10-2)
QB Gardner Minshew II just missed out on a trip to New York for the Heisman but looks to end his special season on a high note protected by OT Andre Dillard.

Saturday, Dec. 29

CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
ESPN, 12pm
10 Florida (9-3) vs. 7 Michigan (10-2)|
RB Karan Higdon and DE Chase Winovich have been extremely productive for the Wolverines and have an opportunity to finish their college careers strong. 

BELK BOWL: South Carolina (7-5) vs. Virginia (7-5)
ABC, 12pm
South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel has regained his old form and OT Dennis Daley has shown impressive upside as a pass protector. They will face ball-hawking Virginia DB Juan Thornhill. 

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC – CFP SEMIFINAL
ESPN, 4pm
2 Clemson (13-0) vs. 3 Notre Dame (12-0)
Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow looks to continue his CFP playoff magic against a talented Notre Dame senior core of RB Dexter Williams, TE Alizé Mack, LB Drue Tranquill, and LB Te’Von Coney.

Alabama's Isaiah Buggs faces the Heisman winner.

CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL – CFP SEMIFINAL
ESPN, 8pm
4 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. 1 Alabama (13-0)
Oklahoma PK Austin Seibert and stalwart OGs Dru Damia and OG Ben Powers will need to be on their game against Alabama and ascending senior prospects DT Isaiah Buggs (right) and OLB Christian Miller.

Monday, Dec. 31

HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
CBS, 2pm
Stanford (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (7-6)
Stanford’s LB Bobby Okereke and PT Jake Bailey have both been long time producers for the Cardinals and will try to end their respective college careers strong. 

REDBOX BOWL
FOX, 3pm
Michigan State (7-5) vs. Oregon (8-4)
RB LJ Scott will play his last game as a Spartan after battling an injury all season and contemplating taking a redshirt year. Along with SS Khari Willis, the Spartans will go up against Oregon’s long, twitchy pass rusher Jalen Jelks.

AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL
ESPN, 3:45pm
23 Missouri (8-4) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6)
Missouri QB Drew Lock and WR Emanuel Hall’s special connection will be on display for the Tigers one final time before they come down to Mobile together at the Senior Bowl.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL
FS1, 7pm
22 Northwestern (8-5) vs. 17 Utah (9-4)
Two of our favorite defensive players, Utah’s LB Chase Hansen and DS Marquise Blair, along with PT Mitch Wishnowsky will face off with Northwestern’s intriguing QB Clayton Thorson. 

TAXSLAYER GATOR BOWL
ESPN, 7:30pm
NC State (9-3) vs. 19 Texas A&M (8-4)
NC State’s LB Germaine Pratt will not be playing but athletic OC Garrett Bradbury will snap it to pocket passer QB Ryan Finley one final time for Wolf Pack before teaming up at the Senior Bowl.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

OUTBACK BOWL
ESPN2, 12pm
18 Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4)
Mississippi State OC Elgton Jenkins and SS Johnathan Abram are both physical players that love football and compete no matter the stage.  

PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
ESPN, 1pm
11 LSU (9-3) vs. 8 UCF (12-0)
UCF’s undefeated season will be in jeopardy against the toughness of LSU TE Foster Moreau and clutch leg of PK Cole Tracy. 

VRBO CITRUS BOWL
ABC, 1pm
14 Kentucky (9-3) vs. 12 Penn State (9-3)
Kentucky and their loaded defense of OLB Josh Allen, DS Darius West, DS Mike Edwards, and CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. look to finish off their impressive season against the ultimate competitor in Penn State QB Trace McSorley and long, intriguing CB Amani Oruwariye.  

ROSE BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
ESPN, 5pm
9 Washington (10-3) vs. 6 Ohio State (12-1)
Urban Meyer’s final game as Ohio State’s head coach will have to go through Washington’s senior trio of RB Myles Gaskin, TE Drew Sample, and OT Kaleb McGary.

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
ESPN, 8:30pm
15 Texas (9-4) vs. 5 Georgia (11-2)
Plenty of exciting defensive talent in this New Year’s Day matchup with Texas DE Charles Omenihu and CB Kris Boyd against Georgia DL Jonathan Ledbetter and OLB D’Andre Walker. LS Nick Moore covers punts for Georgia as well as anyone else at the position.  

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TITLE GAME, Semifinal winners
ESPN, 8pm