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Ranking the college football bowl teams: Nos. 11-20


Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects.

Ranking the bowl games
Because college football apparently needs 35 bowl games, it's a lot easier to pick the best game than to pick the worst. Here's a ranking of each matchup from worst to best. More ...

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11. Michigan State

Top prospects: Darqueze Dennard, CB; Shilique Calhoun, DE; Jeremy Langford, RB; Denicos Allen, OLB; Max Bullough, LB; Connor Cook, QB. 
Scout's take: The Spartans' homegrown recruiting approach has yielded big gains with an impending Rose Bowl appearance. Additionally, it has helped Mark Dantonio produce impact rookies like Le'Veon Bell, Dion Sims and William Gholston. With Dennard and Calhoun earning high marks for their pro potential, the tradition will continue in East Lansing.

12. Louisville

Top prospects: Teddy Bridgewater, QB; Marcus Smith, DE; Preston Brown, LB; Calvin Pryor, S. 
Scout's take: Bridgewater is in line to vie for the No.1 overall spot, if he elects enter the draft after a solid junior season. Smith, Brown and Pryor have also drawn the interest of scouts, as well as a handful of promising young receivers like DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers.

13. Texas

Top prospects: Mike Davis, WR; Quandre Diggs, CB; Jackson Jeffcoat, DE; Johnathan Gray, RB; Malcolm Brown, RB; Jaxon Shipley, WR; Joe Bergeron, RB. 
Scout's take: Mack Brown has been criticized for the Longhorns' recent failures, but it's hard to knock his eye for talent based on the number of his players with the potential to make their mark as pros. Young players like Gray, Brown, Shipley and Bergeron are already on the radar of scouts in the Southwest.

14. USC

Top prospects: Marqise Lee, WR; Morgan Breslin, DE; Leonard Williams, DT; Dion Bailey, S; Nelson Agholor, WR. 
Scout's take: The NCAA sanctions have robbed the Trojans of quality depth at some positions, but the roster remains loaded with NFL-caliber talent. With a host of five-star recruits set to join a core of playmakers capable of competing with any program in the country, it is only a matter of time before USC returns to the top of the list.

15. Oklahoma State

Top prospects: Calvin Barnett, DT; Justin Gilbert, CB; Josh Stewart, WR; Tracy Moore, WR. 
Scout's take: The Cowboys have produced 10 picks over the past five seasons, but that number should jump dramatically with a few standout performers in line to come off the board early in the 2014 draft. Additionally, the Cowboys have an intriguing pass catcher in Stewart that is already drawing interest in NFL circles.

16. UCLA

Top prospects: Anthony Barr, OLB; Brett Hundley, QB; Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG. 
Scout's take: Barr has entered the discussion as the possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Hundley could join him as a Day One pick, if he elects to forego his final season. With Jim Mora cleaning up in the recruiting game, the Bruins are building a roster that will generate significant attention from scouts in the near future.

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17. Wisconsin

Top prospects: Melvin Gordon, RB; Chris Borland, LB; Ryan Groy, OL; Jared Abbrederis, WR. 
Scout's take: Offensive line coaches have routinely visited Madison in search of pro-ready blockers, but more NFL types should take a look at the Badgers' roster when plugging holes at other areas. Gordon is one of the most explosive runners in college football; Abbrederis is an exceptional pass catcher with a polished game.

18. Arizona State

Top prospects: Will Sutton, DT; Carl Bradford, OLB; Marion Grice, RB; Taylor Kelly, QB; Jaelen Strong, WR. 
Scout's take: Sutton is a polarizing prospect in NFL war rooms, but there is little doubt that he will be a highly coveted prospect based on his rush skills. Kelly, Grice and Strong comprise an explosive offensive core that has opened eyes in NFL circles.

19. Missouri

Top prospects: James Franklin, QB; Michael Sam, DE; Kony Ealy, DE; E.J. Gaines, CB; L'Damian Washington, WR; Marcus Lucas, WR; Dorial Green-Beckham, WR. 
Scout's take: The Tigers' defense has produced young NFL stars like Aldon Smith, Sean Weatherspoon and Sheldon Richardson in recent years, but scouts will soon descend on campus to check out a receiving corps that features a set of basketball power forwards in Lucas, Green-Beckham and Washington.

20. Virginia Tech

Top prospects: Logan Thomas, QB; Antone Exum, S; James Gayle, DE; Kyle Fuller, CB. 
Scout's take: Thomas is no longer in the discussion as a potential top pick, but scouts remain captivated by his impressive physical tools. Exum and Fuller are intriguing defenders with the instincts and awareness to excel as pros.

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