Pittsburgh will face Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on December 26.
Pittsburgh has the top producing interior defensive lineman in the country in senior Aaron Donald. Some will knock him because of size, but Donald uses length and can get skinny through trash to win in a variety of ways. Pittsburgh also has a receiver in Devin Street worth watching.
Oregon State and Boise State will play in the Hawaii Bowl.
Oregon State's high powered offense is absolutely worth watching, led by stud receiver Brandin Cooks. We have compared him to Victor Cruz. Sean Mannion is a touch passer but needs top flight protection in order to sustain success. Defensively, the Beavers have a power rusher in Scott Crichton. Boise State has a pass rusher of their own in Demarcus Lawrence.
ECU and Ohio will play in the St. Petersburg bowl on December 23.
Junior receiver Justin Hardy has produced at a ridiculous level in ECU's quick passing game, and he is the one to watch. Some might put Shane Carden among the top non-seniors because of his statistical production, but focus on his velocity in the intermediate to downfield levels of the field.
Tulane will meet Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl on December 21.
This game is thin on NFL prospects, with Tulane receiver Ryan Grant, a Senior Bowl invitation, clearly the top player to watch. There's a chance he winds up in the second day of May's draft.
Buffalo and San Diego State will play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on December 21.
This will be the Khlail Mack show, as the remainder of the players on the field do not stack up to his talent level. Buffalo also has running back Branden Oliver and receiver Alex Neutz.
Fresno State and USC will play in the Las Vegas Bowl.
We think Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr has a great chance at being the second player at his position selected in May, but USC's front seven is no joke. Devon Kennard has made a nice transition to outside linebacker, and sophomore Leonard Williams wins as a three technique and five technique. This could also be the final game for USC receiver Marqise Lee and his counterpart on Fresno State, Davante Adams.
Colorado State will play Washington State will play in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Colorado State has a few prospects in center Weston Richburg, tight end Crockett Gillmore and buck linebacker Shaquil Barnett. Washington State will deploy senior safety Deone Bucannon.
UCF and Baylor will play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Golden Knights quarterback Blake Bortles will be an emerging name during the draft process if he decides to declare for May's draft. Baylor has a couple of defensive prospects, led by safety Ahmad Dixon and redshirt sophomore defensive end Shawn Oakman. Offensively, the Bears have quarterback Bryce Petty, running back Lache Seastrunk and receiver Antwan Goodley. Tevin Reese might even return.