This year's bowl season is starting to hit its stride now that we're past Christmas. If you like offensive football, the Liberty Bowl between Texas A&M and West Virginia should be a treat for you.
This game features two "Air Raid" offenses that could easily turn this game into a track meet. It also features some intriguing prospects.
The big-name prospect of the game for TAMU is offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. Ogbuehi started out the year as the Aggies left tackle, taking over for Jake Matthews. However, Ogbuehi struggled on the left side and was moved back to the more familiar right side. He has the prototypical build and athleticism that NFL teams love in their offensive tackles, so some team is going to take a chance on him high. And in the "New" NFL, an athletic, pass protecting right tackle is not a bad thing.
Their next best player is probably guard Jarvis Harrison. Harrison is a stocky, powerfully built guard at 6-3, 325lbs. He shows good quickness and some nice power, but he has some technique issues, and could stand to play nastier.
And a prospect who could bear watching is tight end Cameron Clear. The red shirt senior is only 21, and has the prototypical frame for an NFL tight end at 6-6, 270 pounds. He is primarily used as a blocker in TAMU's scheme, but when he has been thrown the ball he has generally shown soft hands.
On the West Virgina side of things, Kevin White is the guy to talk about. For a significant portion of the year he was the most productive receiver in the nation. His size, strength, body control, and willingness to compete at the point of the catch has drawn comparisons to Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald. White doesn't come close to Fitzgerald's route running, as WVU only asks him to run a limited route tree.
Shaquille Riddick, could be another player to keep an eye on. Riddick plays defensive end for the Mountaineers, but he might be better suited to a rush linebacker at the next level. He is undersized for a defensive end in the NFL, but has terrific length. If he matches up on Ogbuehi, that battle could be a fun one to watch.
Teams: Texas A&M University Aggies (7-5) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)
Odds: West Virginia -3.5
TV: December 29th, 2:00 p.m. EST, ESPN