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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Allstate Sugar Bowl

The final game of the day is also the final of the New Year’s Six Bowls, it’s the Allstate Sugar Bowl, featuring the Big-12 and the SEC,


The final game of the day is also the final of the New Year’s Six Bowls, it’s the Allstate Sugar Bowl, featuring the Big-12 and the SEC, with the (16) Oklahoma State Cowboys taking on the (12) Ole Miss Rebels. The Cowboys started the season as one of the hotter teams in the country. They won 8 straight games and were entering conversations about the College Football Playoff, but, they lost back-to-back games against the Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma Sooners, ending those hopes. They’ll be looking to bounce back from those losses to win their 2nd consecutive Bowl game. The Cowboys success has been on the back of a high powered offense. They rank 18th in total yards per game (490 YPG), 7th in passing yards per game (357.3 PYG), 109th in rushing yards per game (132.2 RYG) and 8th in points per game (41.2 PPG). Defensively though, they’re quite leaky. They allow 430 YPG (96th), 244.3 PYG (92nd), 185.3 RYG (83rd) and 29 PPG (86th). Nevertheless, their top prospect is redshirt junior DE Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah is one of the country’s best DE’s. He already looks like an NFL player with his proportioned – but big – build and it isn’t just aesthetic. He is incredibly strong and straight-up bullies whoever is unfortunate to line up opposite him. He can line up on either side of the line without his production going down thanks to his enticing combination of speed, length and power. He is still learning the more intricate parts of the position, but he will still be highly regarded come draft day. CB Kevin Peterson, DE Jimmy Bean, QB J.W. Walsh, CB Michael Hunter, FB Jeremy Seaton and WR Brandon Sheperd will also be looking to impress in their final game as a Cowboy. Ole Miss, for the second straight year, started very strong and looked like one of the best teams in the country, especially having knocked off Alabama again. But 3 disappointing losses derailed their playoff and SEC Championship hopes. Nevertheless, they have reached their third straight Bowl games and will be looking to better their awful Bowl showing last season – they lost 42-3 to TCU. Like the Cowboys, the Rebels success comes mainly from a high powered offense. They rank 10th in total yards (515 YPG), 10th in passing (333.7 PYG), 50th in rushing (181.1 RYG) and 11th in scoring (40.3 PPG). On defense – overall at least – the Rebels have the upper hand. They rank 56th in total yards (388 YPG), 101st in passing (255.1 PYG), 26th in rushing (132.4 RYG) and 36th in scoring (22.8 PPG). Fortunately for us fans, Ole Miss’ top prospect will likely be going head to head with Oklahoma State’s. Rebels LT Jeremy Tunsil is by no means the flashiest player on the Rebels squad, that would be Laquan Treadwell – by default as Robert Nkemdiche will not play – but he is probably the best bet to have an immediate and consistent impact in the NFL. He is quick off the snap and is tremendous when it comes to mirroring defenders in pass pro and does an excellent job of absorbing power at the point of attack. He is very aggressive and plays right through the whistle, but he plays with control and he understands the game well and knows when he has to adjust. He is Joey Bosa’s top rival for the number 1 pick. Joining Tunsil in looking to make one more impact as a Rebel are; WR Laquan Treadwell, SS Trae Easton, OG Aaron Morris, WR Cody Core, CB Mike Hilton, OT Fahn Cooper, LB C.J. Johnson, FS Chief Brown, C Justin Bell, RB Jaylen Walton and DT Woodrow Hamilton. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other Bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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