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Five college bowl games Buffalo Bills fans should watch

With the college football season essentially over, it's time to pay attention to the postseason bowl games. Here are the ones you should be sure to watch.

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Bowl season is here in college football, but with 38 different games and some overlapping times, you're not going to be able to watch them all. Want to prioritize your viewing during the holiday season? We've made you a watch list (and we checked it twice).

First, here are a couple honorable mentions - they would've made the cut, if there weren't already a bigger game happening during their respective time slots.

Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Wisconsin

This game features the top center in the draft in Reese Dismukes, and the top running back in Melvin Gordon. There are other good prospects too, including a pair of athletic Auburn receivers. But this game is overshadowed by the slightly better matchup between Michigan State and Baylor.

Peach Bowl: Ole Miss vs. TCU

This game loses some points because a few of the best players on each team are either injured, not draft-eligible, or both. This should still be an excellent game of football, but maybe not the best for prospect-watching this year.

On to the top five (in descending order)!

Las Vegas Bowl: Utah vs. Colorado State

12/20/14, 3:30 p.m. ET


On the first day of bowl games, the BCS gave to us: a surprisingly good matchup of teams with draft talent. Here's who you should pay attention to during the game.

School Pos. # Name Notes
CSU QB 18 Garrett Grayson Maybe the top senior QB
CSU WR 82 Rashard Higgins 17 TD catches, not draft eligible
CSU OT 51 Ty Sambrailo In a weak OT class, looks like a first-rounder
CSU CB 23 Bernard Blake 23 pass break-ups in last two seasons
Utah WR 8 Kaelin Clay 4 return TDs this season
Utah WR 6 Dres Anderson
Utah RB 23 Devontae Booker Has 38 receptions
Utah DE 8 Nate Orchard
Utah DB 18 Eric Rowe
Utah DB 4 Brian Blechen
Utah OL 73 Jeremiah Poutasi

Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs. USC

12/27/14, 8:00 p.m. ET

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If you're looking for top tier defensive line talent, this is the game for you. It features arguably the top edge rusher in the draft (Nebraska's Randy Gregory) and the top defensive lineman in the draft (USC's Leonard Williams). As usual, both teams also have several other draftable prospects. Here's the list.

School Pos. # Name Notes
Nebraska RB 8 Ameer Abdullah Sprained MCL slowed him down late in season
Nebraska WR 80 Kenny Bell
Nebraska DE 4 Randy Gregory Tons of potential, still needs to reach it
Nebraska S/LB 13 Zaire Anderson Safety-sized productive LB
Nebraska CB 5 Josh Mitchell 12 pass break-ups; very skinny (5'11" 160)
Nebraska S 6 Corey Cooper
USC RB 37 Buck Allen
USC QB 6 Cody Kessler 70.7% completion and 36:4 TD:INT this season, junior may not declare
USC WR 15 Nelson Agholor Nearly 100 receptions this year
USC OG 70 Aundrey Walker Was slow recovering from a badly broken ankle in 2013
USC DL 94 Leonard Williams 71 tackles as a lineman
USC CB 6 Josh Shaw Was suspended for lying about how he got an ankle injury, recently reinstated
USC DE 58 J.R. Tavai
USC LB 10 Hayes Pullard

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State

1/1/15, 8:30 p.m. ET

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The biggest draw for this season is the newly instated College Football Playoffs, which supplements the BCS bowls by turning two games into semifinals. Both of those games are featured during an action-packed New Year's Day. Here are the players to follow for this game between the first and fourth seeded teams.

School Pos. # Name Notes
Alabama WR 9 Amari Cooper Broke every receiving record at Alabama
Alabama WR 2 DeAndrew White
Alabama RB 4 T.J. Yeldon
Alabama OG 77 Arie Kouandjio Cyrus Kouandjio's brother, left guard
Alabama OT 79 Austin Shepard Right Tackle
Alabama QB 6 Blake Sims Only a starter this season
Alabama QB 14 Jacob Coker Prototype, former backup to Jameis Winston, backup to Sims
Alabama S 26 Landon Collins Athletic and rangy
Alabama LB 33 Trey DePriest
Alabama LB 19 Reggie Ragland
Alabama DL 90 Jarran Reed
Alabama CB 5 Cyrus Jones
OSU DE 97 Joey Bosa 20 TFL 13.5 sacks, not draft eligible
OSU DL 63 Michael Bennett
OSU CB 12 Doran Grant Team-leading 5 INT and 9 PBU
OSU WR 9 Devin Smith
OSU TE 5 Jeff Heuerman Criminally underused
OSU LB 37 Josh Perry Team-leading 113 tackles
OSU ER 8 Noah Spence Suspended from team for drugs
OSU QB 5 Braxton Miller Out all season with shoulder injury

Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs. Baylor

1/1/15, 12:30 p.m. ET

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The bowl committee picked a heck of a way to kick off the January 1 games, and this match between powerhouses features a ton of prospects. If you're looking for quarterbacks, it features senior Bryce Petty, who has put up great stats in his time at Baylor, and junior Connor Cook, who might not declare for the draft - but if he does, is a better prospect than Petty. You can read the full list of prospects below.

School Pos. # Name Notes
Baylor RB 32 Shock Linwood Not draft eligible
Baylor QB 14 Bryce Petty
Baylor WR 19 Antwan Goodley 5'11", 220, built like a RB
Baylor DE 2 Shawn Oakman Freak size, but inconsistent on tape
Baylor LB 44 Bryce Hager
Baylor OT 58 Spencer Drango
MSU RB 33 Jeremy Langford 19 rushing touchdowns, only 9 receptions
MSU QB 18 Connor Cook Efficient, 9.0 YPA, junior may not enter the draft
MSU WR/CB 14 Tony Lippett Team's leading receiver also started at CB in recent weeks
MSU DS 27 Kurtis Drummond 4 INT and 11 PBU
MSU CB 15 Trae Waynes
MSU ER 89 Shilique Calhoun
MSU ER 44 Marcus Rush
MSU LB 34 Taiwan Jones

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State

1/1/15, 5:00 p.m. ET

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This will be the biggest collection of 2015 NFL Draft prospects we'll see all season, until we see the final on January 12. It's conceivable that there could be over a dozen draft picks between these two teams, and that includes the consensus two top quarterbacks in the draft in Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. Here's the list of players to watch, in its entirety.

School Pos. # Name Notes
Oregon QB 8 Marcus Mariota All the tools, but is his mental game developed?
Oregon RB 9 Byron Marshall Used as RB and WR
Oregon S 9 Arik Armstead
Oregon OT 75 Erik Fisher Offense has looked much better since his return from injury
Oregon CB 14 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Suffered serious knee injury in practice, will not play
FSU QB 5 Jameis Winston Has struggled on stat sheet recently
FSU OL 75 Cameron Erving Moved from LT to C for the last few games
FSU OG 54 Tre' Jackson Right Guard
FSU OG 70 Josue Matias Left Guard
FSU TE 35 Nick O'Leary
FSU WR 80 Rashad Greene Broke school record for career receiving
FSU RB 9 Karlos Williams Out with a concussion
FSU CB 3 Ronald Darby
FSU CB 26 PJ Williams
FSU DT 90 Eddie Goldman
FSU DE 15 Mario Edwards, Jr.
FSU LB 24 Terrence Smith
FSU S 8 Jalen Ramsey Not draft eligible