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New Year's Six: Part 1 -- Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Cotton Bowl

What should you be watching today? Everything!

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The College Football Playoffs kick off today with the two Semi-Final games, as well as the Peach Bowl between Florida State and Houston.

Peach Bowl -- Florida State vs. Houston (Noon, ESPN)

This is likely to be an exciting game, although FSU should win, both teams have fun offenses and can put up points quickly. However, for the Giants' purposes, there are likely only three prospects to watch in this game.

The first is Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey is one of the very best prospects in the entire draft, and best players in the country. He is a true "football player" who also happens to be a true world-class athlete. Ramsey has excelled as a free safety and as a corner and has the ability to play both at a high level in the NFL. Given the scarcity of great free safeties in the NFL, that might be his best spot, but he can play pretty much any position in the secondary and have an impact.

Next is defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample. Lawrence-Stample is a disruptive tackle with 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and a pass defensed in 2015, after missing most of the 2014 season with a torn pectoral. At 6-foot-1 inch, 302 pounds, he looks like a 3-technique at the next level.

Finally, we come to Houston's William Jackson III. Jackson is a good sized corner at 6-1, 195 with solid athleticism, the ability to play in both press and off coverage schemes, and some nice physicality at the catch point. If corner doesn't work out for him, his aggression and physicality might make him a viable candidate to convert to safety.

Orange Bowl -- 4 Oklahoma vs. 1 Clemson (4 p.m., ESPN)

The first game in the College Football Playoffs is a promising one, and filled with talented prospects to watch. This game features two of the more exciting offenses in College, and two of the most gifted quarterbacks in the country.

From a draft perspective, we should note that the Giants have had credentialed scouts at several Oklahoma games. The Sooners' best 2015 prospect is wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who despite being an undersized 5-10, 193, is an electric player who is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. His combination of quickness, speed, and agility make him very difficult to cover, and he can separate in the blink of an eye.

The Giants may have their eyes on Oklahoma's trio of defensive prospects, Dominique Alexander, Eric Striker, and Charles Tapper.

Alexander is an undersized but "Solid" inside linebacker with good vision, football IQ, toughness to hold up against the run and athleticism to cover. I haven't been able to find out if the junior has declared for the draft, but he bears watching.

Along side him is Eric Striker, a pass rushing missile who has exciting athleticism and feel for getting after quarterbacks, but at 6-foot, 220, is likely a situational player at the next level.

Finally, Tapper is a stout run defending 5-technique. He doesn't contribute much against the passing game, but his strength and build (6-2, 285) make him difficult to move. He might be able to slide inside as a 3-technique in certain packages, but his future is likely as a 3-4 defensive end.

On the Clemson side of things, there are three main prospects to pay attention to.

The one we have covered the most is Shaq Lawson. Clemson's top defensive end has frequently been mocked to the pass rush needy Giants. There's no doubt that he is a talented prospect who has been very productive in college, however there are some questions about his first step in the NFL. His stock might depend on his combine workout.

One of the most intriguing prospects in any game this Bowl Season is safety Jayron Kearse. Nephew of former NFL defensive end Javon "The Freak" Kearse, Jayron is a freak in his own right. At 6-4, 220 pounds, he has a truly rare blend of size and athleticism for the position. Even though he looks -- and hits -- like a linebacker, he moves like a defensive back, and shows the instincts to create turnovers.

One final (potential) top prospect to watch is cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Though Alexander is only a red-shirt sophomore, but at 22 years old, he may decide to leave school for the NFL. If he does so, he looks to be the third corner on many boards behind Jalen Ramsey and Vernon Hargreaves III.

Alexander is a short, but not exactly undersized, corner at 5-10, 193, boasting fluid hips, quick feet, an aggressive demeanor, and solid technique. He is rarely challenged in coverage, but his height may be a liability against taller receivers.

Cotton Bowl -- Michigan State vs. Alabama (8 p.m., ESPN)

If you're a fan of old-school, fundamentally sound, smash-mouth football, then this might just be the game of the year for you.

Both teams are extremely well coached in addition to having rosters replete with players who will be playing on Sunday.

Starting with Michigan State, the prospect most scouts will have their eye on is quarterback Connor Cook. Cook is a prototypical NFL pocket passer who has been very effective and efficient for the Spartans. Provided with a clean pocket, Cook can make every throw with touch and velocity, quickly reading the defense and putting the ball where it needs to be. On the downside, his mechanics seem to quickly break down if a defense forces him off his spot or out of the pocket. Despite that, he is still one of the top QB prospects in April's draft.

But for the Giants' purposes, Sparty has three players to watch. First is defensive end Shilique Calhoun. Calhoun is a long, lean rusher who looked to leave for the draft last year, but eventually decided to play out his eligibility. He will need to show that he can play with good strength and pad level, and is able to transition his speed and agility into power to get by offensive tackles.

On the offensive side, offensive tackle Jack Conklin is one of the top tackle prospects in the draft. He is a strong, smart, and technically sound player who rarely gets himself in trouble and never seems to take plays off. He can struggle a bit with speed off the edge, but is generally dependable in pass protection and is a mauler in the run game. He might end up at right tackle in the NFL, but he has the tools, and reportedly the mentality, to play on Sundays for a long time.

Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge should also garner some looks. At 6-2, 210 he has good size, and was the best receiver in the Big 10 in 2015. Highly productive, he leads the conference in yards at 1,158 and receptions with 75, as well as leads Michigan State with 7 touchdown receptions.

On the other sideline, the Alabama dynasty is in fine form. The Crimson Tide's draft prospects are lead by their defense, and straight up the middle.

Starting up front, they boast the most menacing defensive tackle duo in the nation with A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed. These two tackles can dominate college offensive lines with strength, power, and downright nastiness.

On the edge Johnathan Allen is a stout defensive end who looks the part of a left defensive end in a 4-3 front or a 5-technique in a 3-man front.

Behind them is top (pure) inside linebacker Reggie Ragland. Ragland has the size teams like the Giants covet at linebacker to go with high football IQ, leadership, and the ability to play on every down.

Finally, we come to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. If the massive bruiser's game looks familiar, you might be thinking of former Giant Brandon Jacobs, who Henry bears a striking resemblance to on the field. He has literally and figuratively carried Alabama this far in the series, so expect him to see a big workload tonight.