Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl 2 PM ESPN
Cal vs. US Air Force Academy
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX (home of TCU)
- Cal travels to Ft. Worth to take on the Air Force in a battle of two markedly different offensive philosophies. The Golden Bears run an offshoot of the Mike Leach Air Raid offense under HC Sonny Dykes. Air Force prefers to run, run, and run some more. The Falcons lead the nation in rushing yards per game with 321.8 yards per. In related news, Cal allowed 200 rushing yards per game this year. Cal struggled mightily to an 7-5 record this year while Air Force went 8-5 and won the Mountain West Mountain division over traditional MWC power Boise State. Look for Cal to take to the skies and force the high flying Falcons to abandon their ground and pound plan.
Cal prospects to watch
1. Jared Goff QB 6'4 210 Junior
- Goff possesses just enough arm strength to make all the big league throws. Intelligence and system versatility are also a plus. A traditional pocket passer developed in the Texas Tech style Air Raid offense (Sonny Dykes is a Mike Leach disciple). A negative is the system he’s currently in doesn’t bode well for his future given the lack of success from former Air Raid QBs. Is it pure talent or the high tempo spread system making him look good?
Russell Athletic Bowl 5:30 PM ESPN
#10 North Carolina vs. #17 Baylor
Location: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
- The ACC Coastal division champion Tar Heels make the short trip to sunny Florida to take on the high powered Baylor offense. The Bears are missing several key pieces as WR Corey Coleman, QB Jarrett Stidham, and RB Shock Linwood are all out due to injury. Baylor had a rather boring end to the season with going 0 for Texas in November (TCU and Texas). The injuries finally caught up to them in the Texas loss as they couldn't get anything going until the 2nd half against a Horns team struggling to find themselves. UNC had a heartbreaking loss to Clemson in the ACC title game. Can the weakened Bears offense keep pace with the Tar Heels?
North Carolina prospects to watch
1. Landon Turner OG 6'3 325 RS Senior
- If Decker is the best senior lineman in the class, Turner isn't far behind. He's massive mauler and has improved his technique considerably in 2015. Neck and neck with Alexander as the best guard prospect. Helped pave the way for the Tar Heels to an ACC title game berth.
2. Ryan Switzer WR 5’10 185 Junior
The last name may sound familiar as Ryan is the grandson of legendary Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry. Switzer is purely a slot receiver and return man in the mold of a Wes Welker as he lacks ideal measurables for the NFL. He has several return touchdowns in his career. Has played both inside and outside receiver positions.
3. Marquise Williams 6'2 225 QB RS Senior
- Williams might be one of the more underrated quarterback prospects in the draft. He has above average arm strength and is a better athlete than people give him credit for. However, his injury history is a little scary. Inconsistency is an issue as well. Runs Larry Fedora's spread system to perfection.
Baylor prospects to watch
1. Spencer Drango OL 6'6 320 RS Senior
- He's been the starting left tackle for the Bears for four seasons so experience isn't a question. Lateral agility is a plus to his game. Very good at engaging defenders with great hand usage. Football IQ is a major plus as well. A major concern is the system fit he'll encounter given Baylor's spread attack. Could've been drafted as high as the second round last year.
2. Andrew Billings 6'1 310 DL Junior
- This year's Grady Jarrett but bigger. He isn't the most stat heavy lineman but occupies his assignment so his teammates can go make plays. Underrated in pass defense. Brute strength to simply push back the blockers and go about his business. Like Jarrett, he's boxed in as a tackle due to his lack of ideal lateral agility. Big 12 DPOY winner with Ogbah.
3. Shawn Oakman 6'8 276 DE RS Senior
- Oakman is a physical specimen that is still learning the game. He's had a pretty solid 2015. Will compete with DeForest Buckner and Robert N for first end taken off the board. A more technically refined guy than most will give him credit for. Speed is the name of his game. Run defense is a bit lacking but pass rush is above average. Built like a NBA power forward.
Advocare V100 Texas Bowl 9 PM ESPN
#20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
Location: NRG Stadium Houston, TX
- Simply put, Texas Tech has one of the worst run defenses in the nation (118th out of 120) and has to stop one of the best running backs in the country in Leonard Fournette. Yeah, Fournette will kick off his 2016 Heisman campaign in earnest tonight. No amount of pass happy offense that Texas Tech runs will stop that.
LSU prospects to watch:
1. Tre'Davious White 5'11 191 CB Junior
- White will face one of his toughest tests of the season against Texas Tech. The potential first round pick will go up against a potent Texas Tech passing game, including stud receiver Jakeem Grant. White has the size and athletic ability to be a top 20 selection, but has a chance to leave a lasting impression on scouts against a stiff test.
2. Vadal Alexander OL 6'5 329 Senior
- Alexander should get a chance to feast against Texas Tech. Leading one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, Alexander and company have allowed Leonard Fournette to shine. He is a strong, powerful blocker and a potential fit at both guard and right tackle in the NFL.
3. Jalen Mills 6'0 196 S Senior
- Mills will be playing the final game of his four year career at LSU and it should play right into his wheelhouse. He's a versatile cover guy, showing enough ability to play man and zone coverages effectively. Mills will need to clean up some issues in run support, but Mills ability against the pass will make him a valuable commodity this Spring.
4. Jerald Hawkins 6'6 305 OT Junior
- Hawkins has picked up where La'el Collins left off last season. He has transitioned from the right side to the left and appears to be set on entering the draft a year early. Hawkins is bit of a work in progress and will need to get stronger for NFL play, but his length (6-6) and athletic ability will be coveted.
I’d like to announce that MCM’s own, the draft guru to top them all, Terry Lambert will provide his insights on these prospects in the Fan Guides as of today.