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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Here we are, New Year’s Eve and the start of the New Year’s Six Bowls. First up, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between the (18) Houston Cou


Here we are, New Year’s Eve and the start of the New Year’s Six Bowls. First up, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between the (18) Houston Cougars and the (9) Florida State Seminoles. The Houston Cougars have had quite the season. They are 12-1 with big wins over Vanderbilt, Memphis, Navy and then Temple in the AAC Championship Game. Now, they have the chance to secure a 13-win season and win their 2nd straight Bowl game. Offensively, the Cougars are one of the best in the nation, they manage 487 total yards per game (YPG, 21st), 247.4 passing yards per game (PYG, 42nd), 239.5 rushing yards per game (RYG, 13th) and 40.6 points per game (PPG, 11th). Defensively, they aren’t too bad either, they rank 54th in total yards (381 YPG), 111th in passing (265.3 PYG), 12th in rushing (116 RYG) and tied for 19th in scoring (20.5 PPG). CB William Jackson III is Houston’s player to watch. Jackson is the Cougars shutdown corner and it isn’t hard to see why. At 6’1”, 195lbs, Jackson has the size and the length to match up against bigger, more physical receivers and he is comfortably in press-man, off-man or bracket coverage. He has terrific instincts and sense to take away shorter passes and he very rarely gets beaten deep. Furthermore, he is very aggressive and excels when meeting the ball and the receiver at the catch point. Not only do these traits make him successful in college, but they are the exact traits that make a cornerback enticing to NFL scouts and coaches. Other than Jackson, RB Kenneth Farrow, FS Trevon Stewart, SS Adrian McDonald, OT Damien Parris, OT Alex Cooper, OG Carter Wall and FS Lee Hightower will be looking to impress in the final games as a Houston Cougar. Coming into the season, after suffering just 1 loss in the past 2 years and the addition of QB Everett Golson from Notre Dame, the Seminoles were eyeing another College Football Playoff berth. But two losses in the space of 3 games in October and November put an end to those dreams. Nevertheless, the Seminoles finished the season strong with 3 dominant wins and will be looking to bounce back from last year’s Rose Bowl loss. As you would expect, losing multiple huge impact makers on the offense, particularly Jameis Winston, has taken its toll, though the offense hasn’t been bad by any means. They rank 48th in total yards (425 YPG), 45th in passing (244 PYG), 53rd in rushing (180.9 RYG) and 45th in scoring (32.3 PPG). Defensively though, they have been very good. They rank 15th in total yards (328 YPG), 19th in passing (185.8 PYG), 36th in rushing (141.8 RYG) and 5th in scoring (15.8 PPG). Part of their defensive success is thanks to DB Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey is widely regarded as one of the top-10, maybe even top-5 prospects in this year’s draft. Part of what makes him so highly rated is his ability to excel as a safety, cornerback and as a special teamer. He has the body to play at either FS or CB (6’1”, 205lbs) and is a great athlete – he won ACC long jump title at the outdoor and indoor championship. As a safety, his athleticism, football IQ and aggression is on show as he flies all over the filed making plays in the running game and in the passing game. Ramsey is a serious contender to be a top-5 pick. Not that it’s any sort of surprise, but Florida State has plenty of other very talented players to keep an eye on: K Roberto Aguayo, DT Nile Lawrence-Stample, LB Reggie Northrup, DT Derrick Mitchell Jr., DE Giorgio Newberry, SS Tyler Hunter, FS Lamarcus Brutus, P Cason Beatty and FS Keelin Smith will all be looking to make one last splash as a Seminole. 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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