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Previewing the Music City Bowl, Camping World Bowl, and Alamo Bowl

Players to watch in today’s bowl games

NCAA Football: Auburn at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018-2019 college football bowl season rolls on today, with a trio of games for us to enjoy.

And as we get closer to the college football playoffs, the games get bigger, and we get more and more potential draft prospects to watch. All three games today are worth mentioning, and each of them have prospects who could interest the New York Giants — both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Music City Bowl - Auburn vs. Purdue

ESPN - 1:30 p.m.

Our first game of the afternoon sees the Auburn Tigers take on the Purdue Boilermakers. This game could wind up being an important one for Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Stidham came in to the season with high expectations after a good 2017 campaign, but he never really took the next step as a quarterback this season. He has the physical tools you want to see from a “dual threat” quarterback. He can make plays with his legs as well as his arm, but he will need a good performance against a solid and experienced Purdue squad — as well as throughout Senior Bowl week — to convince the NFL to take a chance on him early.

Players to watch


  • Jarrett Stidham (QB)
  • Darius Slayton (WR)
  • Derrick Brown (IDL)


  • Markus Bailey (LB)

Camping World Bowl - (20) Syracuse vs. (16) West Virginia

ESPN - 5:15 p.m.

Our second game of the day features a pair of ranked opponents, but it does not feature the player the Giants really want to see. West Virginia QB Will Grier has elected to skip the bowl game in advance of his upcoming trip to the Senior Bowl and months of draft prep. It is a decision which was controversial a couple years ago, but is becoming more and more common place.

But even without Grier, this game could be a fun one. West Virginia specializes in offensive track meets, while Syracuse QB Eric Dungey is the Orange’s all-time leader in 300-yard games. He could intrigue NFL scouts as well, with a prototypical frame and a penchant for making plays with his arm and legs. However, health has been an issue for him and will be a red flag throughout the draft process.

Players to watch


  • Eric Dungey (QB)
  • Cody Conway (OT)


  • Yodney Cajuste (OT)
  • David Sills V (WR)

Alamo Bowl - (24) Iowa State vs. (13) Washington State

ESPN - 9 p.m.

Our final game of the season features another pair of ranked teams, but this time neither of whom got much press throughout the season.

If the Giants hadn’t just drafted Saquon Barkley, I would point out Iowa State’s David Montgomery as one of the best RBs that nobody is talking about. But even so, give Montgomery a watch — his balance through contact is impressive and he could wind up being the “sleeper” who everyone is talking about in a month or two.

Iowa State receiver Hakeem Butler is also worth a watch for those hoping that the Giants will draft a big-bodied receiver. Butler is listed at roughly 6’6”, 225 pounds, and his catch radius is absolutely massive. He has the ability to bully college DBs with his size and should be a threat down the field (22.1 yards per catch) and in the red zone (9 touchdowns) in the NFL.

Players to watch

Iowa State

  • David Montgomery (RB)
  • Hakeem Butler (WR)
  • JaQuan Bailey (EDGE)

Washington State

  • Andre Dillard (OT)
  • Jalen Thompson (S)