NCAA Bowl Games Gameday Thread (Part 1)

There are six bowl games on the docket today. My plan is to cover the first three in one thread and the remaining three in a second thread later this afternoon.

The first game that will kickoff today will be  Northwestern vs. Texas Tech in the Ticket City Bowl. That game will start at roughly 12pm EST on ESPNU.

The second game in this post features two ranked teams as #16 Alabama, last years National Championship winner, takes on the red hot #9 Michigan State Spartans. The Capital One Bowl will kickoff somewhere around 1pm EST and will be the first game broadcast on ESPN today.

The final game in this thread, but not the final game of the day will be the Outback Bowl. This should be an interesting game between two relatively even on both sides of the ball teams. Florida will try to take down a young and developing Joe Paterno led team as they face the Nittany Lions of Penn State. This game will also kickoff somewhere around 1pm EST on ESPN's sister station ABC.

After the jump, I will highlight some of today's key players.

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KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR NORTHWESTERN:

Evan Watkins - QB, Al Netter - OT, Jeremy Ebert - WR, Brian Peters - S.

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR TEXAS TECH:

Taylor Potts - QB, Detron Lewis - WR, Lyle Leong - WR, Jarvis Phillips - CB

 

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KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR THE CRIMSON TIDE:

Greg McElroy - QB, Mark Ingram - RB, Trent Richardson - RB, Julio Jones - WR, Marcel Dareus - DE/ DT, Courtney Upshaw - LB, Don'ta Hightower - LB

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR THE SPARTANS:

Kirk Cousins - QB, Le'Veon Bell - RB, Edwin Baker - RB, Nick Bendzuck - FB, Mark Dell - WR, Charlie Gantt - TE, Greg Jones - LB, Chris Rucker - CB

 

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KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR THE GATORS:

John Brantley - QB, Jefferey Demps - RB, Mike Gillislie - RB, Mike Pouncey - C, Lawrence Marsh - DT, Janoris Jenkins - CB, Ahmad Black - S

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR THE NITTANY LIONS:

Matthew McGloin - QB, Evan Royster - RB, Stefen Wisniewski - OG/C, Derek Moye - WR, Chris Colasanti - LB, Bani Gbadyu

 

Part 2 will be coming up shortly.Fee l free to discuss the Gator Bowl here as well, I will be doing a recap of the game in Part 2. Enjoy the games and Happy New Year!

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