Unless you have a direct rooting interest, the best reason to watch this first serving of bowl games is simply the love of the game. There aren't many draft prospects to scout, nor big-name schools.
For the New Orleans Bowl, the big story is Nevada Wolfpack defensive end Brock Hekking's mullet. If Hekking's 'do looks like something that crawled out of the '80s and jumped on his head, that's because he based his look on former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth -- AKA, "The Boz" --
Of course, Hekking is a legitimate prospect as well. At 6-foot-4, 255, Hekking has the frame to play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 front. He's high-motor, high-effort prospect, but only an average athlete.
For UL-Lafayette, the prospect to keep an eye on is defensive tackle Justin Hamilton. Hamilton is a bit undersized at 6-2, 295, but he has a nice mixture of speed and strength. He might be able to fit as a 3-technique or 5-technique at the next level.
Both Hamilton and Hekking look like potential day-3 picks in May, although Hekking has already stated professional wrestling as his "Plan B" if football doesn't work out.
Another player to keep your eye on is UL-Lafayette's lead running back, Elijiah McGuire, who has rushed for 1,165 yards, picked up 40 catches, and scored 16 touchdowns on the year. As a sophomore he won't be coming out this year, but he could be a running back to watch for next year.
Teams: Nevada Wolfpack vs. University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Odds: Nevada (-1)
Game Time: Saturday, Dec. 20th, 11 a.m. EST