Bowl season continues this weekend with a slate of middle-tier type matchups. Below you’ll find information about each of the bowl games slated for this Friday and Saturday as well as the NFL prospects to watch for each team.
As always, talk about the games, leave questions on prospects and enjoy.
University of Alabama at Birmingham vs. Ohio University
Friday, 12:30 PM Eastern, ESPN
Ohio’s leader on offense is A.J. Ouellette, a bruiser tailback who’s limited athletically but runs with decent balance. Their defensive leader is undersized linebacker Quentin Poling. A solid tackler, he’ll be flying all around the field. UAB recently raised money from local businesses to resuscitate their football team, and while its great they’re in a bowl game, they don’t really have any NFL prospects.
Central Michigan vs. Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Friday, 4:00 PM Eastern, ESPN
Coming off a shoulder injury, quarterback Josh Allen recently announced that he would be playing in Wyoming’s bowl game. The 6’5”, 233-pound junior has a lot to gain if he plays well, as he was a disappointment during the regular season. During Allen’s rough patches, the Cowboys were kept afloat by their secondary, specifically safety Andrew Wingard.
Central Michigan’s offense features underrated tight end Tyler Conklin, who is a senior bowl invitee. On defense, the Chippewas sport two highly productive seniors in defensive end Joe Ostman (12 sacks) and safety Josh Cox (6 interceptions).
Texas Tech vs. South Florida
Saturday, 12:00 PM Eastern, ESPN
Keke Coutee, who’s been flying under the national radar is Texas Tech’s speedy slot receiver and deep threat. Throwing him the ball will be Pat Mahomes’ successor at Tech, Nic Shimonek. His elite size and arm strength will make him a great developmental prospect for an NFL team.
USF has NFL prospects peppered all throughout their roster, starting with quarterback Quinton Flowers, who may be forced to make a position change if he wants to stick in the NFL. Cornerback partners Mazzi Wilkins and Deatrick Nichols, a Shrine game invitee, both have NFL futures. Defensive tackle Deandrin Senat was also invited to the Shrine game, and deserves more positive press.
San Diego State vs. Army
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Saturday, 3:30 PM Eastern, ESPN
San Diego State rides into their bowl game on the back of Rashaad Penny. The senior running back burst on the scene this year and powered his way to a 2000 yard season, which included five 200+ yard games. Aztec tight end David Wells has NFL measurables but hasn’t had much production to show for it.
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Dollar General Bowl
Saturday, 7:00 PM Eastern, ESPN
Toledo has some lower-round prospects starting with Logan Woodside. Woodside is one of the more accurate quarterbacks in college, but has few other extraordinary traits. Woodside will be throwing to Jon'Vea Johnson a quick, sure handed possession receiver. Defensively, Ja’Wuan Woodley is an undersized linebacker but his speed ensures that he will get looks as a weak-side linebacker.