Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl 12:30 ESPN
(9) Ole Miss vs. (6) TCU
Location: Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons)
- The Land Shark defense of the Rebels take on the high powered Horned Frogs offense at the Dome. Ole Miss was in the running for a playoff spot for most of the year until a bitter defeat to Auburn in the final seconds and finished the year on a down note. TCU, now rather famously got left out of the playoffs on Selection Sunday along with its conference buddy Baylor. Most of the Rebels' defense will return next year as upperclassmen including the beast DT Robert Nkemdiche.
TCU prospects to watch:
1. Trevone Boykin QB 6'2 205 Junior
2. BJ Catalon RB 5'9 190 Junior
3. Kevin White CB 5'10 174 Junior
Vizio Fiesta Bowl 4 PM ESPN
(20) Boise State vs. (10) Arizona
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium
- Boise State got into a New Year's Six bowl by the virtue of being the highest ranked Group of Five school (the teams from conferences that aren't in the Power 5). The Broncos return to a place that has been kind to them as well. Everyone remembers that classic duel with Oklahoma in 2007. Arizona lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. The Wildcats will look to rebound after that loss. HC Rich Rodríguez has the Wildcats going on an upward trajectory after a rocky career at Michigan.
Boise State prospect to watch:
1. Jay Ajayi RB 6'0 216 Junior (declared for draft)
Arizona prospect to watch:
1. Austin Hill WR 6'3 212 Senior
2. Cayleb Jones WR 6'3 215 RS Sophomore
Capital One Orange Bowl 8 PM ESPN
(7) Mississippi State vs. (12) Georgia Tech
- Mississippi State had a terrific season, being ranked #1 before ultimately fading down the stretch. The SEC West is the best division in all of football. Georgia Tech won the putrid ACC Coastal division because well, someone had to win it. The Ramblin Wreck put up a great fight in the ACC title game, losing to FSU 39-37. New school spread option against old school triple option. When Tech does decide to throw, they average something ridiculous like 24 yards per catch. The Bulldogs defense will have to be stout as it has been all year.
Mississippi State prospects to watch:
1. Benardrick McKinney ILB 6'5 245 Junior
2. Dak Prescott QB 6'2 230 Senior