Ranking the college football bowl teams: Nos. 61-70

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

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61. Arkansas State

Top prospects: Ryan Carrethers, DT; Steven Haunga, OG; David Oku, RB; Adam Kennedy, QB; Julian Jones, WR; Allen Muse, WR; Aaron Williams, OT.
Scout's take: The three-time Sun Belt Conference champions boast a veteran roster with developmental prospects at multiple spots. The team has amassed 27 wins since 2011 -- the 20th-most victories in FBS.

62. Rice

Top prospects: Chris Boswell, K; Trevor Gillette, LS; Phillip Gaines, CB; Cody Bauer, DE.
Scout's take: The Owls have quietly sent a handful of quality prospects to the NFL, particularly tight ends (Vance McDonald and James Casey). Scouts love the work ethic, intelligence and toughness Rice players bring to the table.

63. Louisiana-Lafayette

Top prospects: Darryl Surgent, WR; Andre Huval, C; Justin Anderson, LB; Jacob Maxwell, TE; Terrance Broadway, QB; Dominique Tovell, LB.
Scout's take: The Ragin' Cajuns claimed their first Sun Belt Conference title since 2005 on the strength of Broadway's solid play. Surgent is a dynamic returner with home-run ability.

Utah cheerleading dance team perform before the start of their NCAA college football game against Stanford Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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64. Ohio

Top prospects: Tyler Tettleton, QB; Beau Blankenship, RB; Tarell Basham, DL.
Scout's take: Frank Solich's squad will seek its third straight bowl win this postseason behind the efficient play of Tettleton. The senior standout has tossed at least one touchdown pass in 41 of 48 career games.

65. Bowling Green

Top prospects: Matt Johnson, QB; Ronnie Moore, RB; Alex Bayer, TE; Jerry "BooBoo" Gates, S; David "Chief" Kekuewa, C.
Scout's take: The MAC has a strong reputation for producing NFL quarterbacks. Johnson is certainly on the radar after torching Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game.

66. Utah State

Top prospects: Tyler Larsen, C; Jamie Markosian, OG; Nevin Lawson, CB; Chuckie Keeton, QB.
Scout's take: A season-ending injury to Keeton robbed the Aggies of their top offensive player, but a talented offensive line and rugged defense kept the team afloat in his absence. Keeton could emerge as a top QB prospect for the 2015 class.

67. Marshall

Top prospects: Rakeem Cato, QB; Devon Smith, WR; Jeremiah Taylor, DE; Brandon Sparrow, DT.
Scout's take: Cato could be the next Thundering Herd quarterback to make his way to the NFL. He ranks behind Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich in nearly every passing statistic, including touchdowns, passing yards and completion percentage.

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68. North Texas

Top prospects: LaChris Anyiam, OG; Brandin Byrd, RB; Brelan Chancellor, WR; Zed Evans, S; Zach Orr, ILB; Marcus Trice, S.
Scout's take: The Mean Green have intermittingly supplied the NFL with productive players like Patrick Cobbs and Brian Waters. Orr could make his mark in the NFL as a tackling machine with instincts, awareness and high motor.

69. Middle Tennessee

Top prospects: Logan Kilgore, QB; Josh Walker, OG; Jimmy Staten, DT; Stephen Roberts, OLB; Kenneth Gilstrap, CB; Sammy Seamster, CB; Drayton Allen-Calhoun, CB; Kevin Byard, S.
Scout's take: After watching Bennie Cunningham earn his way onto an NFL roster (St. Louis Rams), scouts will spend a little more time studying the Blue Raiders' lineup. Byard is one to watch, with nine career picks and NCAA-leading 326 interception return yards.

70. Navy

Top prospects: Cody Peterson, ILB; Shawn Lynch, WR; Keenan Reynolds.
Scout's take: Reynolds captivated the attention of college football fans with an eight-touchdown effort against San Jose State.

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