Home > News > Sports > NFL > NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Rose Bowl Game

NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Rose Bowl Game

Game 5 of the day is the Granddaddy of the all, it’s the Rose Bowl game with the (5) Iowa Hawkeyes taking on the (6) Stanford Cardinal.


Game 5 of the day is the Granddaddy of the all, it’s the Rose Bowl game with the (5) Iowa Hawkeyes taking on the (6) Stanford Cardinal. Iowa were just a matter of inches away from a 13-0 record and surely a College Football Playoff berth. Not only will they be looking to get back in the win column, but they’ll be looking to win a Bowl for the first time since 2010 having lost their last 3 Bowl games. To do that, the Hawkeyes will be hoping for a better output from their offense than in the Big Ten Championship game. They rank 69th in total yards per game (394 YPG), 89th in passing yards per game (201.8 PYG), 40th in rushing yards per game (192 RYG) and 47th in points per game (32.1 PPG). Their defense, though, has been a strength all year. They rank 20th in total yards (334 YPG), 60th in passing (219.3 PYG), 10th in rushing (114.9 RYG) and 15th in scoring (18.5 PPG). Desmond King, the Hawkeyes junior CB, is yet to declare his future, nevertheless, he is certainly Iowa’s top prospect. Last year he picked of 3 passes, but this year he burst onto the scene with 8 interceptions, pushing him up draft boards and into the spotlight. He has nicely loose hips allowing him to change direction quickly whilst in coverage, he also has nice instincts and capitalises on that with his impressive ball-skills. He is also a very aggressive and one of the best run-stopping corners. He does lack ideal speed and acceleration so a switch to safety may be entertained, but he has the skills to succeed in that position too. OG Jordan Walsh, FS Jordan Lomax, C Austin Blythe, LB Cole Fisher, Jordan Canzeri, TE Henry Krieger Coble, DE Nate Meier, WR Tevaun Smith and K Marshall Koehn are all going to be looking to make big impacts in their final college football games. The Cardinal are no stranger to the Rose Bowl, this is their 15th such game and they’ll be looking to capitalise on the momentum from their Pac-12 Championship. They’ll also be looking to win their 2nd straight Bowl game and their 7th Bowl game. Stanford certainly have the edge in terms of offense in this game. They rank 40th in total yards (436 YPG), 77th in passing (210.9 PYG), 18th in rushing (225.1 RYG) and 20th in scoring (37.2 PPG). Defensively, they aren’t quite as strong as the Hawkeyes but they aren’t exactly bad. They rank 50th in total yards (375 YPG), 71st in passing (227.6 PYG), 44th in rushing (146.9 RYG) and 38th in scoring (23.1 PPG). Last year, OT Andrus peat was picked 13th overall, now, OT Kyle Murphy will be looking to follow in his footsteps. He has a body that yells “NFL tackle”, he’s 6’7”, 302lbs and he has broad shoulders, long arms but not a big belly. His anticipation often gives him a slight advantage over edge rushers and he has good initial quickness. He has good lateral quickness and has limbs, so he can stay on top of pass rushers. He needs work in the running game but he seems set to join the long line of Stanford o-linemen in the NFL. Joining Murphy in looking to make one more impact for the Cardinal are; OG Joshua Garnett, WR/TE Devon Cajuste, LB Blake Martinez, QB Kevin Hogan, LS Reed Miller, LB Kevin Anderson, FS Kodi Whitfield, DE Brennan Scarlett, RB Remound Wright, DE Luke Kaumatule, RB Barry Sanders Jr. and CB Ronnie Harris. 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.  

Related Reading


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.

NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Rose Bowl Game

log in

Don't have an account?
sign up

reset password

Back to
log in

sign up

Back to
log in

Send this to a friend