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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: Foster Farms Bowl

We are drawing closer and closer to the National Championship and the bowl matchups are getting better and better, and the Foster Farms bowl


We are drawing closer and closer to the National Championship and the bowl matchups are getting better and better, and the Foster Farms bowl produces the first clash of NCAA powerhouses – the UCLA Bruins and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Bruins entered this season with a very talented roster and one of the best freshman in the nation, QB Josh Rosen. Rosen has shown how talented he really is and has led the Bruins to an 8-4 record. As you’d expect, the Bruins success has a lot to do with the offense. They average 473 total yards per game (25th, YPG), 285.8 passing yards per game (26th, PYG), 186.8 rushing yards per game (45th, RYG) and 32.5 points per game (44th, PPG). Defensively though, they aren’t quite as good, they rank 62nd in total defense (394 YPG), 41st in passing (205.7 PYG), 88th in rushing (187.8 RYG) and 52nd in scoring (25.1 PPG). Rosen isn’t the only strength of this team, junior defensive tackle Kenny Clark is one of the best defensive tackles in the FBS and has stood out since his freshman year thanks to his blue collar style of play. He doesn’t wow anybody with his athleticism or size – he is 6’2”, 310lbs – but that doesn’t stop him from being a force. He is one of the best run stuffers thanks to his immense strength and leverage – ironically, due to his size – and hustle. What makes him more attractive is that he projects nicely into a 3-4 scheme and a 4-3 scheme. Along with Clark, RB Paul Perkins (Jr), WR Jordan Payton, K Ka’imi Fairbairn, WR Devin Fuller, C Jake Brendal and LB Aaron Wallace will be looking to make big impacts in their final game. Nebraska haven’t had the season they would’ve hoped for and now find themselves at 5-7 and as one of the three teams to make a bowl game thanks to their APR (Academic Progress Rate). On offense at least, the Cornhuskers stats suggest they should be better than their 5-7 record suggests. They rank 35th in total offense (443 YPG), 30th in passing (274.7 PYG), 69th in rushing (167.8 RYG) and 44th in scoring (32.5 PPG). Defensively is where the real weaknesses are, they rank 71st in total yards (402 YPG), 122nd in passing (288.2 PYG), 8th in rushing (113.4 RYG) and 75th in scoring (27.8 PPG). Like the Bruins, the Cornhuskers junior DT is their player to watch. Maliek Collins, though, shines differently to Clark. Where Clark uses his raw strength and power, Collins wins inside with his athleticism. He boasts great burst and agility for an interior lineman. However, he isn’t as versatile. Clark projects into a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, whereas Collins projects more as a 3-technique guy in a 4-3 defense. Either way, his tendency to disrupt the offense makes him an intriguing prospect. DT Vincent Valentine, OT Alex Lewis, OT Zach Sterup, CB Daniel Davie, FS Byerson Cockrell, CB Jonathon Rose, FB Andy Janovich, WR Jamal Turner and C Ryne Reeves are also looking to put on a sow against the Bruins 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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