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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: AutoNation Cure Bowl

Game 5 features two teams that probably weren’t expecting to be in a Bowl game this year, the San Jose State Spartans and Georgia State P


Game 5 features two teams that probably weren’t expecting to be in a Bowl game this year, the San Jose State Spartans and Georgia State Panthers. San Jose State finished the season 5-7, but were one of the 3 teams – along with Nebraska and Minnesota – to qualify for a bowl thanks to their high APR marks (Academic Progress Rate – the academic progress of student athletes). San Jose State’s offense hasn’t necessarily been explosive – they rank 55th in yards per game (YPG) – but they do have a weapon in the form of senior running back Tyler Ervin, who has been the main cog in the Spartans offense. The Spartans passing defense though has been excellent, they allow just 153.6 passing yards a game (PYG), which is 2nd best in FBS. Thanks to their duo of Jimmy Pruitt and Cleveland Wallace III. Tyler Ervin (RB) and Jimmy Pruitt (DB) are certainly the prospects to watch for the Spartans. Ervin ran for 1469 yards and 13 touchdowns this year, and though he lacks ideal size, is a dangerous north/south runner and rarely loses yards going east and west. He won’t power through a hole, but he’ll exploit them quickly and ruthlessly. He can also be a dangerous kick returner. Pruitt’s real skill is his versatility. He can play free safety or press corner – the latter is probably his best fit for the pros. He is a decent tackler in space and he has fairly good ball skills. He also won’t give up on a play, which is an attractive trait to coaches. Georgia State on the other hand have been in the FBS for 3 years, and managed 1 win, combined, in their first 2 season. This year they managed 6, 4 of which came in the final 4 weeks. A large reason for the Bulldogs success this season was their quietly potent passing attack thanks to senior QB Nick Arbuckle. His play has the Bulldogs boasting the 8th best passing attack in yards per game, averaging 346.6 PYG. So it’ll certainly be strength vs. strength in the air today. The Bulldogs defense isn’t quite as good though. They are allowing 416 YPG (85th), 180 of which are on the ground (76th). 17 of Georgia’s starters are returning next year, but perhaps the most important one isn’t. That’s QB Nick Arbuckle. He is also their best prospect. This year he has passed for 4160 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. With 96 yards he will break the Sun Belt single-season passing yards record. He is a little shorter than ideal (6’1”) but as he is a good passer and has completely turned this team around, he could be an intriguing prospect. 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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