25 Players Guaranteed to Light Up the Stat Sheet This Bowl Season

Sebastian LenaAnalyst IDecember 11, 2013

25 Players Guaranteed to Light Up the Stat Sheet This Bowl Season

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    Winston is ready for bowl season.
    Winston is ready for bowl season.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    As is the case every year, several college football players save their best performance for the bowl season.

    Although each bowl matchup is usually competitive, there always tends to be a mismatch or two. Top running backs face off against poor run defenses as top quarterbacks take on vulnerable secondaries.

    All in all, it should all lead to much excitement for college football fans.

    Here are 25 of those players who will be expected to light up the scoreboard during the bowl season.

RB Javorius Allen (USC)

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    Allen has been a terrific addition to the Trojans rushing attack.
    Allen has been a terrific addition to the Trojans rushing attack.Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: No. 20 Fresno State (11-1) vs. No. 25 USC (9-4), Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC (Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Running back Javorius Allen has really taken off for the Trojans as of late.

    Through 10 games, the sophomore has rushed for 699 yards and 12 touchdowns on 108 carries. That includes topping the century mark in four of the last five games while finding the end zone 10 times during that span.

    Allen has given a significant boost to a USC offense that began the season without much firepower on offense.

    Against the Bulldogs, expect that run to continue.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 41 against the pass (147.7 YPG). But although Fresno State may allow just 3.7 yards per carry, the team has already given up 20 rushing touchdowns this season.

    That should be music to Allen’s ears.

WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)

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    Cooks is one of the best in the business.
    Cooks is one of the best in the business.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: Boise State (8-4) vs. Oregon State (6-6), Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN (Sheraton Hawaii Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    There’s no doubt about it. Brandin Cooks is arguably the best wide receiver in the nation.

    He’s certainly proved as much this season. 

    Thus far, the junior has caught 120 passes for 1,670 yards and 15 touchdowns. Furthermore, he’s totaled at least 80 yards receiving in every game while finding the end zone in all but three this year.

    The Broncos shouldn’t prove too much of an opposition to Cooks’ success.

    Through 12 games, the team ranks No. 93 against the pass (248.4 YPG). Boise State has allowed 16 touchdowns while conceding a little more than seven yards per pass attempt.

    Look for Cooks to have just another day at the office in this one.

RB Travis Greene (Bowling Green)

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    Greene has been impressive for the Falcons in 2013.
    Greene has been impressive for the Falcons in 2013.Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (10-3), Dec. 26, 6 p.m. ET on ESPN (Little Caesars Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    The Falcons go as far as running back Travis Greene will take them.

    Through 13 games, the sophomore has rushed for 1,555 yards and 11 touchdowns on 261 carries. Furthermore, he has topped the century mark in nine of the team’s 10 wins while being held under 100 yards in all three of Bowling Green’s losses.

    If that’s the case, the team should feel confident going into the matchup against the Panthers.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 61 against the run (160.6 YPG). Pittsburgh has given up 19 touchdowns on the ground while conceding a generous 4.3 yards per carry.

    Expect Greene to have another monster game for the Falcons.

    And if the trend continues, that should mean another win for the team.

QB Taysom Hill (BYU)

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    Hill has done it all for the Cougars this season.
    Hill has done it all for the Cougars this season.Lance Iversen/USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Fight Hunger Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    If you’re looking for a successful dual-threat quarterback, look no further than Taysom Hill.

    Through 12 games, the sophomore has thrown for 2,645 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on 54.1 percent passing. He’s also added another 1,211 yards and nine scores on 215 carries.

    Already this year, Hill has topped the century mark five times. That includes racking up 259 yards and three touchdowns against Texas back in Week 2.

    Matched up against the Huskies, Hill’s good fortune should continue.

    Thus far, Washington ranks No. 59 against the run (159.8 YPG). The team has given up 19 rushing touchdowns while conceding a little more than 4.1 yards per carry.

    Expect Hill’s mobility to keep the Huskies on their toes and open up the passing game.

QB Brendon Kay (Cincinnati)

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    Kay should be great for the Bearcats in the bowl game.
    Kay should be great for the Bearcats in the bowl game.Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), Dec. 28, 3:20 p.m. ET on ESPN (Belk Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Quarterback Brendon Kay has been a large reason for the Bearcats’ second-half surge.

    Through 12 games, the senior threw for 3,121 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 68.6 percent passing. He also added another 152 yards and six scores on 64 carries.

    With Kay under center, Cincinnati wrapped up its season winning six of its last seven games.

    Against the Tar Heels, Kay should continue his hot hand.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 51 against the pass (224.0 YPG). North Carolina has given up 16 passing touchdowns and allows opposing quarterbacks to complete a little more than 57 percent of their passes.

    It’s looking like favorable conditions for Kay and the Bearcats.

DL Ryan Mueller (Kansas State)

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    Mueller has made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks.
    Mueller has made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks.Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: Michigan (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5), Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    The Wildcats ended the season on a roll, winning five of their last six.

    A lot of credit for that run should be given to the team’s defense. More specifically, defensive lineman Ryan Mueller.

    In 12 games, the junior has recorded 61 tackles (18.5 for loss) and 11.5 sacks, broken up six passes and forced four fumbles. Furthermore, he’s recorded a tackle for loss in every game this year.

    That makes Mueller a big problem for a Wolverines offensive line that has struggled.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 111 in sacks allowed, giving up 35.0. 

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner might be seeing a lot of the ground in this one.

QB Keenan Reynolds (Navy)

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    Reynolds (left) has made a name for himself with his mobility.
    Reynolds (left) has made a name for himself with his mobility.Rob Carr/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4), Dec. 30, 11:40 a.m. ET on ESPN (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Almost nobody runs the ball as well as the Midshipmen. The team currently boasts the nation’s No. 3-ranked rushing attack (320.1 YPG).

    A lot of that yardage should be credited to quarterback Keenan Reynolds.

    Through 11 games, the sophomore has rushed for 1,124 yards and 26 touchdowns on 250 carries. He’s also added 1,028 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions on 55.3 percent passing. 

    Reynolds has found success as of late, rushing for more than 220 yards in two of the last three games while finding the end zone 12 times during that span.

    He should prove to be a handful for the Blue Raiders.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 86 against the run (185.8 YPG). Middle Tennessee has given up 22 rushing touchdowns and concedes a generous 4.2 yards per carry.

    Reynolds should only ensure those numbers go up.

Any Georgia Tech RB

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    Sims is just one of the running backs who have had success for Georgia Tech this season.
    Sims is just one of the running backs who have had success for Georgia Tech this season.Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: Ole Miss (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    If the Yellow Jackets know how to do one thing right, it’s running the football.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 6 in rushing, averaging a little more than 310 yards per game. But instead of just one running back, Georgia Tech relies on several different players to get the job done.

    Whether it’s David Sims (151 CAR, 846 YDS, 11 TDS), Robert Godhigh (69 CAR, 694 YDS, 6 TDS), Vad Lee (166 CAR, 489 YDS, 8 TDS) or Zach Laskey (79 CAR, 458 YDS, 7 TDS), the team knows how to pound the ball on the ground.

    That could cause a problem for the Rebels run defense.

    Through 12 games, the unit ranks No. 54 against the run (155.3 YPG). Ole Miss has given up a whopping 26 rushing touchdowns while conceding a little more than 4.0 yards per carry. 

    This one could get out of hand fast.

RB De'Anthony Thomas (Oregon)

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    Thomas will look to get back on track against the Longhorns.
    Thomas will look to get back on track against the Longhorns.Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 10 Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN (Valero Alamo Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Ever since returning from injury, running back De’Anthony Thomas has been in a funk. 

    In eight games this season, the junior has rushed for 581 yards and eight touchdowns on 93 carries. But after topping 100 yards and finding the end zone multiple times during the Ducks’ first two games of the season, Thomas hasn’t accomplish the feat since.

    Luckily, the Longhorns run defense could help turn things around.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 81 against the run (180.3 YPG). Texas has given up 21 rushing touchdowns and concedes a generous 4.3 yards per carry.

    If you recall, this is the same team that was gashed for 550 yards on the ground by BYU back in Week 2.

    This is exactly the kind of game to get Thomas back on track.

RB Marion Grice (Arizona State)

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    The Sun Devils have missed Grice's presence in the lineup.
    The Sun Devils have missed Grice's presence in the lineup.Ralph Freso/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 14 Arizona State (10-3) at Texas Tech (7-5), Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (National University Holiday Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Running back Marion Grice’s impact on the Sun Devils offense has been greatly underrated.

    In 11 games, the senior rushed for 996 yards and 14 touchdowns on 191 carries. He also caught 50 passes for 438 yards and six scores.

    Grice has proved his importance all season long. So it came as no surprise that Arizona State stumbled in the Pac-12 title game without him.

    But against a Red Raiders squad that has lost five in a row, expect Grice to reassert his importance.

    Thus far, Texas Tech ranks No. 93 against the run (194.5 YPG). The team has given up a whopping 30 rushing touchdowns and concedes a generous 4.4 yards per carry.

    It would be a surprise if Grice didn’t dominate.

RB Andre Williams (Boston College)

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    Williams has been impossible to stop this season.
    Williams has been impossible to stop this season.Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (AdvoCare V100 Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    No other running back has had quite the season Andre Williams has had.

    Through 12 games, the senior has piled up 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns on 329 carries. That includes rushing for an impressive total of 1,063 yards and eight scores during a four-game stretch from Nov. 2 to Nov. 23.

    Against the Wildcats, expect to see Williams running free once again.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 71 against the run (169.8 YPG). Arizona has given up 16 rushing touchdowns and concedes a little more than 4.1 yards per carry.

    You can bet Williams is licking his lips ahead of this matchup.

RB Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona)

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    It's a shock that Carey didn't earn himself an invite to New York City.
    It's a shock that Carey didn't earn himself an invite to New York City.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (AdvoCare V100 Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Don’t be fooled, Andre Williams isn’t the only top running back to be featured in this matchup. The Wildcats have a pretty good one of their own in Ka’Deem Carey.

    Thus far, the junior has been excellent, rushing for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns on 322 carries. Most impressively, he has topped 110 yards in all 11 games he’s played in this season.

    Furthermore, Carey has found the end zone in all but two of those games.

    That could be a problem for the Eagles.

    Although the team ranks No. 50 against the run (152.1 YPG) and concedes just 3.9 yards per carry, Boston College has been gashed for 16 rushing touchdowns this season. Besides, Carey has had success no matter how tough the opposition is.

    Arizona may not win this bowl game, but Carey is guaranteed to put up numbers.

LB Tariq Edwards

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    Edwards will be ready to make some noise in the backfield.
    Edwards will be ready to make some noise in the backfield.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. No. 17 UCLA (9-3), Dec. 31, 2 p.m. ET on CBS (Hyundai Sun Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    The Hokies have one of the top defensive units in the country, ranking No. 4 in total defense (269.6 YPG).

    A big part of that unit is linebacker Tariq Edwards.

    In 12 games, Edwards has recorded 66 tackles (10.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and one interception. Furthermore, he has tallied 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks over the past two games.

    That’s an advantage for Virginia Tech as the team takes on a questionable Bruins offensive line.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 109 in the nation in sacks allowed, giving up 34.

    In what should be a physical game, UCLA should expect to see a lot of Edwards.

WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)

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    Evans has been one of the best receivers in the nation this season.
    Evans has been one of the best receivers in the nation this season.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 24 Duke (10-3) vs. No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4), Dec. 31, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN (Chick-fil-A Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    There’s one constant in a lot of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel’s highlight-reel plays: The ball typically lands in the hands of wide receiver Mike Evans.

    Through 12 games, the sophomore has caught 65 passes for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. That includes topping 100 yards of receiving or more in five games this season.

    The Blue Devils secondary would be lucky just to contain Evans in this one.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 70 against the pass (233.2 YPG). Furthermore, Duke has allowed 21 passing touchdowns through the air and has given up 7.2 yards per attempt.

    Expect lots and lots of yards for Evans in this one.

RB Todd Gurley (Georgia)

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    Gurley should help carry the Bulldogs in their bowl game.
    Gurley should help carry the Bulldogs in their bowl game.Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: Nebraska (8-4) vs. No. 22 Georgia (8-4), Jan. 1, noon ET on ESPN2 (Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Although it’s been a trying season for the Bulldogs, the team has to be optimistic about the future of running back Todd Gurley.

    Through nine games, the sophomore has rushed for 903 yards and 10 touchdowns on 144 carries. He has also grabbed 30 passes for 344 yards and another five scores.

    A versatile, do-it-all kind of back, Gurley is nearly unstoppable.

    Don’t expect the Cornhuskers to slow him down.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 62 against the run (161.1 YPG). Furthermore, Nebraska has given up a whopping 21 rushing touchdowns on the year.

    Gurley should only add to the unit’s misery. 

LB Brendan Kelly (Wisconsin)

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    Kelly (left) has been a pest all season long.
    Kelly (left) has been a pest all season long.Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) vs. No. 9 South Carolina (10-2), Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET on ABC (Capital One Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    You don’t want to mess with the Badgers defense. The unit ranks among the top 10 in several categories, including scoring defense, total defense and run defense.

    Linebacker Brendan Kelly is a large part of that defensive prowess.

    In 11 games, the senior has recorded 32 tackles (7.0 for loss) and 4.5 sacks, broken up two passes and forced three fumbles. He’s been one of Wisconsin’s top players on defense.

    Kelly’s hard-hitting ability can benefit the team against a Gamecocks squad that has had difficulty holding on to the ball.

    Thus far, the team ranks No. 90 in fumbles lost, coughing the ball up 11 times this season. 

    Expect Kelly to be all over the field in this one.

QB Connor Cook (Michigan State)

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    Cook should keep his hot streak going.
    Cook should keep his hot streak going.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: No. 5 Stanford (11-2) vs. No. 4 Michigan State (12-1), Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN (Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio)

     

    The Skinny

    Who said quarterback Connor Cook couldn’t pass?

    Through 13 games, the sophomore threw for 2,423 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions on 58.4 percent passing. The fact that he failed to complete 60 percent of his passes or better in eight games this season didn’t do him any favors.

    However, when it mattered most, Cook was more than up to the task.

    Last weekend, he threw for a career-high 304 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 24-of-40 passing to help the Spartans toss aside Ohio State, 34-24, in the Big Ten title game.

    Look for Cook to continue his hot hand against the questionable secondary of the Cardinal.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 92 against the pass (247.8 YPG). The Cardinal have given up 20 touchdown passes and have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 62.2 percent of their passes.

    It all adds up to what should be a big day for Cook.

QB Bryce Petty (Baylor)

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    Petty should plan a lot of celebrating in this one.
    Petty should plan a lot of celebrating in this one.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 15 UCF (11-1) vs. No. 6 Baylor (11-1), Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Tostitos Fiesta Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    The Bears offense has been downright unstoppable for most of 2013.

    A large part of that has been the play of quarterback Bryce Petty.

    Through 12 games, the junior has thrown for 3,844 yards, 30 touchdowns and just two interceptions on 61.8 percent passing. He’s also added another 192 yards and 11 scores on 83 carries.

    More impressively, Petty has thrown for 280 yards or more in 10 games this season.

    He’s a near lock to accomplish that again against the Knights secondary.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 61 against the pass (229.8 YPG). UCF has given up 11 passing touchdowns and concedes 6.4 yards per attempt.

    Although Petty might run into a little trouble, the Knights aren’t a real threat to pick off any passes—the team has just 13 interceptions, meaning this could be a big day for Petty.

RB T.J. Yeldon (Alabama)

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    Yeldon has been leaving opponents on the ground more often than not this year.
    Yeldon has been leaving opponents on the ground more often than not this year.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. No. 3 Alabama (11-1), Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Allstate Sugar Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    After sharing the backfield with Eddie Lacy last season, running back T.J. Yeldon has thrived in a starring role in 2013.

    In 11 games, the sophomore has rushed for 1,163 yards and 13 touchdowns on 190 carries. He’s also caught 18 passes for 160 yards.

    Furthermore, Yeldon has topped the century mark six times this season and in three consecutive games.

    The Sooners run defense doesn’t look to present too many problems for him in this one.

    Sure, the unit ranks No. 26 against the run (138.3 YPG). However, Oklahoma has given up 15 rushing touchdowns while conceding 4.1 yards per carry this season.

    In a game in which the Crimson Tide look to run a lot, expect Yeldon to flourish.

QB James Franklin (Missouri)

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    Franklin (right) has given opposing defenders nightmares.
    Franklin (right) has given opposing defenders nightmares.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. No. 8 Missouri (11-2), Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox (AT&T Cotton Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    There’s no doubt the Tigers have been a better team with quarterback James Franklin under center.

    In nine games, the senior has thrown for 2,255 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions on 65.6 percent passing. He’s also added another 474 yards and four touchdowns on 106 carries.

    Franklin’s dual-threat ability has made him really difficult to defend.

    At a quick glance, the Cowboys defense doesn’t seem capable of slowing him down.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 89 against the pass (245.6 YPG). Oklahoma State has allowed 15 passing touchdowns on the year and most recently conceded a game-winning touchdown drive from Oklahoma’s inconsistent quarterback, Blake Bell, last weekend.

    What makes you think the team can stop Franklin?

WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson)

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    Watkins has made plays for the Tigers all season long.
    Watkins has made plays for the Tigers all season long.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 12 Clemson (10-2) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (12-1), Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Discover Orange Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    There’s arguably not a better big-play receiver in the nation than Sammy Watkins.

    Through 12 games, the junior has caught 85 passes for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns. Furthermore, he’s brought in a touchdown pass of 40 yards or more in seven games this year.

    That is bad news for a Buckeyes secondary that has been susceptible to the pass. 

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 104 in the category (259.5 YPG). Ohio State has given up 26 passing touchdowns and has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete a little more than 60 percent of their passes.

    It wouldn’t be surprising to see Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd connect with Watkins for two or more big bombs during the game.

QB John O'Korn (Houston)

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    O'Korn has had a fantastic freshman campaign.
    O'Korn has had a fantastic freshman campaign.Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN (BBVA Compass Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    In his first collegiate season, quarterback John O’Korn has been pretty impressive.

    Through 12 games, the freshman has thrown for 2,889 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 59.9 percent passing. Most impressively, he’s also gone eight contests without throwing an interception.

    O’Korn could create some problems for the Commodores’ secondary.

    Although the unit ranks No. 20 against the pass (204.3 YPG), Vanderbilt has given up 16 passing touchdowns on the year. Furthermore, the team has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 62.8 percent of their passes.

    Get ready to see O’Korn light it up in this bowl game. 

WR Willie Snead (Ball State)

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    Snead (right) has made it look easy.
    Snead (right) has made it look easy.J. Meric/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: Arkansas State (7-5) at Ball State (10-2), Jan. 5, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (GoDaddy Bowl)

     

    The Skinny

    Wide receiver Willie Snead is among the best at his position.

    Through 12 games, the junior has caught 97 passes for 1,429 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s topped 100 yards of receiving or more in nine games while finding the end zone in all but three.

    Snead has proven difficult for any secondary to stop.

    That’s bad news for a Red Wolves secondary that has been vulnerable to the pass.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 74 against the pass (234.4 YPG). Arkansas State has given up 19 passing touchdowns on the season while only intercepting eight passes.

    It all adds up to what should be a field day for Snead and the Cardinals.

RB Tre Mason (Auburn)

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    Mason has sparked a Tigers rushing attack that is difficult to stop.
    Mason has sparked a Tigers rushing attack that is difficult to stop.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Bowl Matchup: No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn (12-1), Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Vizio BCS National Championship)

     

    The Skinny

    The Tigers will bring in the nation’s No. 1-ranked rushing attack to next month’s BCS title game.

    A large part of that attack is running back Tre Mason.

    Through 13 games, the junior has rushed for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns on 283 carries. He’s also caught 11 passes for 121 yards.

    Most recently, Mason dominated the previously stifling defense of Missouri, rushing for a career-high 304 yards and four touchdowns in last weekend’s SEC title game.

    The Seminoles run defense will be no joke—No. 14 against the run (116.6 YPG)—as the team has only conceded five rushing touchdowns all season.

    However, this is the same guy who was successful against every tough defense he’s faced, including Alabama.

    Mason will put up numbers.

QB Jameis Winston (Florida State)

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    Winston should maintain his high level of play against the Tigers in the BCS title.
    Winston should maintain his high level of play against the Tigers in the BCS title.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Bowl Matchup: No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn (12-1), Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Vizio BCS National Championship)

     

    The Skinny

    It’s been darn near impossible to slow down quarterback Jameis Winston this season.

    Whether it’s a top-ranked opponent on the road or one of the country's most vaunted secondaries, the redshirt freshman has tossed aside the challenge with ease.

    Through 13 games, he has thrown for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 67.9 percent passing. Winston has also added another 193 yards and four scores on 77 carries.

    Life shouldn’t get any more difficult for him against the Tigers secondary.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 102 against the pass (259.3 YPG). Auburn has given up 17 passing touchdowns and concedes 7.4 yards per attempt.

    Expect the Heisman Trophy front-runner to show the rest of the college football world why he deserves the award.

     

    All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.

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