Prospects with most on line in 10 most intriguing bowl games

With the full slate of bowl games revealed, here's a look at the 10 contests that intrigue me most, as well as the prospect with the most on the line in each game.

1. Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

The matchup:For sheer volume of pro prospects, there's not a better bowl game than this one, even in the national semifinals.
Prospect with most on the line: Ohio State WR Braxton Miller. As Ohio State's passing attack declined this year, Miller's impact declined with it. The senior gets a big stage against a very talented defense to make a final impression on NFL scouts.
Three other prospects to watch:Ohio State DE Joey Bosa; Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith; Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley.

2. Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan State

The matchup:Two old-school offenses will leave the outcome up to play at the line of scrimmage here, with a berth in the national championship game at stake.
Prospect with most on the line: Michigan State QB Connor Cook. How will the senior fare against one of the nation's most dominant pass rushes? Scouts will gain a better feel for how well he can maneuver in the pocket, to be sure.
Three other prospects to watch:Alabama DL A'Shawn Robinson; Alabama RB Derrick Henry; Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun.



3. Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Clemson

The matchup:Fans of high-scoring football couldn't ask for much more than the cast of playmakers, including both quarterbacks, that will cover the field in the other national semifinal.
Prospect with most on the line: Clemson DE Shaq Lawson. He'll have massive OU left tackle Orlando Brown, Jr., working to keep him out of the pocket, and if he gets there, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield can be maddeningly elusive.
Three other prospects to watch:Oklahoma LB Eric Striker; Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez; Clemson RB Wayne Gallman.

4. Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss

The matchup:Who needs a running game? There might be 100 pass attempts between these two hurry-up offenses that stay in the shotgun full-time, which means plenty of sack chances for OSU DE Emmanuel Ogbah and Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche.
Prospect with most on the line: Ogbah. He'll be pass rushing against Ole Miss star left tackle Laremy Tunsil, which will tell scouts plenty about both, but especially the Cowboys' most talented defensive player.
Three other prospects to watch:Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell; Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly; Oklahoma State DB Jordan Sterns.

5. Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Iowa

The matchup:If the Alabama-Michigan State game isn't enough old-school football for you, take in this one as well. It will be a battle of wills up front.
Prospect with most on the line: Stanford G Joshua Garnett. One of the top guards in the country will be drive blocking for much of the day against a Hawkeyes defense that will surely stack the box.
Three other prospects to watch:Iowa CB Desmond King; Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey; Stanford TE Austin Hooper.

6. Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. TCU

The matchup: Quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Vernon Adams will give defenders fits in this game with their ability to extend passing plays outside the pocket. Defensive stops will be at a premium.
Prospect with most on the line:TCU WR Josh Doctson. The Horned Frogs' star could return from a wrist injury in this game after missing the last two games of the season and most of the last four.
Three other prospects to watch:TCU WR Kolby Listenbee; Oregon DL DeForest Buckner; Oregon WR Bralon Addison.



7. Citrus Bowl: Florida vs. Michigan

The matchup:Two of the most successful first-year coaches in the college ranks clash here with the Wolverines' Jim Harbaugh and UF's Jim McElwain combining for a 19-6 record.
Prospect with most on the line: Florida LB Antonio Morrison. The Gators' leading tackler has recovered exceptionally well from a serious knee injury suffered almost a year ago.
Three other prospects to watch:Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves; Michigan DB Jourdan Lewis; Florida DE Jon Bullard.

8. TaxSlayer Bowl: Penn State vs. Georgia

The matchup:This could be the lowest-scoring game of the bowl season, but it should be a competitive one.
Prospect with most on the line: Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg. With impressive physical skills polarized from his production, scouts will get another chance, possibly their last, to make sense of the Nittany Lions' junior.
Three other prospects to watch:Georgia LB Leonard Floyd; Penn State DL Carl Nassib; Georgia OL John Theus.



9. Birmingham Bowl: Auburn vs. Memphis

The matchup:Memphis has already knocked off one SEC West school in Ole Miss; can it take care of another? And what is Auburn playing for if a win over an AAC team doesn't inspire offseason confidence?
Prospect with most on the line: Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. Against a defense that has a few NFL prospects of its own, the junior signal-caller will get to show scouts how he handles a higher level of competition than most AAC teams provide.
Three other prospects to watch:Auburn DE Carl Lawson; Auburn CB Jonathan Jones; Auburn LB Cassanova McKinzy.

10. Peach Bowl: Houston vs. Florida State

The matchup:The Seminoles draw the best team in the Group of Five in once-beaten Houston. The Cougars' offense is capable of keeping pace against FSU.
Prospect with most on the line:Houston CB William Jackson III. Against an array of athletic receivers more dangerous than any Houston has faced this year, Jackson will get to show NFL scouts how well he can handle the task.
Three other prospects to watch:FSU RB Dalvin Cook; FSU DB Jalen Ramsey; FSU LB Terrance Smith.

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