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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: Hyundai Sun Bowl

Here we are, the first bowl game between two Power-5 schools. The Miami Hurricanes against the Washington State Cougars, the ACC against the


Here we are, the first bowl game between two Power-5 schools. The Miami Hurricanes against the Washington State Cougars, the ACC against the PAC-12. The Hurricanes finished this season but still felt the need to get a new head coach. Ex-Georgia head coach Mark Richt will take the reins next year but interim coach Larry Scott, the ex-tight end coach, will be looking to capture a bowl win after last year’s loss. Unfortunately for the U, they only excel in 2 areas, and are mediocre at best at everything else. They rank 63rd in yards per game (401 YPG), 27th in passing yards per game (281.9 PYG), 117th in rushing yards per game (119.5 RYG) and 65th in points per game (28.9 PPG). On defense, they rank 76th in total defense (407 YPG), 29th in passing defense (196.3 PYG), 107th in run defense (210.5 RYG) and 85th in scoring (28.8 PPG). Luckily, the way they are built does match-up quite well. One of the main reasons for their success against the pass is senior safety Deon Bush. Bush has the ability to do a bit of everything as a safety. He has good range and can play sideline to sideline, he has 5 interceptions in the last 2 seasons, he can also lay down the wood. Though he hasn’t been as prolific this year – which he needed to b if he wanted to be a 1st round pick – he forced 5 fumbles last year. With a good performance in this game and a good combine he could still be a high draft pick. Other than Bush, Stacey Coley (Jr, WR), Artie Burns (Jr, CB), Corn Elder (Jr, CB), Al-Quadin Muhammad (rSo, LB), Tyriq McCord (LB), Ufomba Kamalu (DT), Herb Waters (WR), Tracy Howard (CB), Calvin Heurtelou (DT), Dallas Crawford (FS) and Rashawn Scott (WR) will be looking to put one more good game on film. The Cougars have a few things in common with the Hurricanes; they enter this game 8-4 and they will also be looking to bounce back from a loss in their last bowl game. However, the similarities don’t end there. On offense, the Cougars rank 23rd in total offense (477 YPG), 1st in passing (397 PYG), 128th (of 128) in rushing (79.9 RYG) and 46th in scoring (32.4 PPG). On defense, though, they do not fare quite as well. They allow 423 YPG (94th), 223.8 PYG (65th), 199 RYG (100th) and 28.8 PPG (83rd), so it should be interesting to see how these two teams match-up. The Cougars have plenty of players looking to have a good final audition too, and my guy to watch is Gabe Marks. Marks isn’t built like an ideal number 1 receiver, he’s 6’0”, 186lbs and doesn’t really look like the typical football player. Nevertheless, he has produced. This year he has 99 receptions for 1125 yards and 14 touchdowns. This may be a product of his system but he runs good, clean routes and gains separation with quick cuts. And though he is more quick than he is fast, he rarely gets caught from behind. With these skills and soft, reliable hands, good hand-eye coordination and good ball tracking, he projects nicely as a later round slot receiver. Joe Dahl (OG), Dom Williams (WR), Darryl Paulo (DE), Destiny Vaeao (DT), Jeremiah Allison (LB) and Kache Palacio (LB) join Marks as players who are worth a look. 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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