A viewer's guide to all 35 bowl games

Published Dec. 17, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Though the mere thought of digesting 35 different bowl games in just 24 days may sound overwhelming and downright nauseating, it shouldn’t. Rather, it should be celebrated. After all, it’s college football bowl season, baby (Dick Vitale voice), which means it’s the best time of the year.

Over the next several weeks, bowl games will be on TVs in the background at several of your family gatherings, company holiday parties and various ventures into sports bars and second-tier chain restaurants across the country. So don’t be just another casual fan commenting on the mascots' dances and a quarterback’s unique haircut (Arizona quarterback Nick Foles has the best hair in the game, FYI). Be the expert.

Why not be the one who can explain why Boston College’s No.1-ranked rush defense could cause headaches for Nevada in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl? Why not be the person who points at a wide receiver on Florida International and rattles off some of his best individual efforts from this season? Why not be the guy who tells the crew on New Year’s Day that Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt worked at a Pizza Hut for six months, while trying to earn a scholarship?

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For each bowl game, we’ve provided you with one good thing to know, whether it be a factoid, stat, or fun tidbit, that will impress your friends and colleagues. We’ve also given you a future pro to keep an eye out for and a prediction on the game. With a looming NFL lockout on the horizon, there’s a good chance some of the top juniors and draft-eligible sophomores leave school this winter and roll the dice on an NFL future. Get to know these guys now, before it’s too late.

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Saturday, Dec. 18


New Mexico Bowl: BYU vs. UTEP, 2 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: UTEP hasn’t won a bowl game since 1967.

Future pro to watch: Matt Reynolds, Offensive tackle, BYU. Two-time All-Mountain West first-team selection is considered one of the top 10 offensive tackle prospects in the college game. Reynolds’ father is the associate head coach and running backs coach for the Cougars.

The pick: BYU 33, UTEP 19.

Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State, 5:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Fresno State should have a home-field advantage. The Bulldogs have had strong fan showings in each of their last two bowl appearances in Idaho, and coach Pat Hill endeared himself to the Boise faithful earlier in the season with an emphatic appraisal of how good the Broncos are, telling reporters after the Broncos shut Fresno out 51-0, "They got all the pieces, I mean they really do. I think the truth of the matter is people are scared to play them. They don't want to play them. It's like last year when they put Boise against TCU. They don't want to play against those types of teams. I'll say it. I have no problem saying it. I'll take Boise State against anybody in the country."

Future pro to watch: Andrew Jackson, Offensive guard, Fresno State. Jackson missed most of the season with an injury, but was a first-team All-WAC guard in ’09 and an honorable nention All-American. He’s a mauler.

The pick: Fresno State 31, Northern Illinois 23.

New Orleans Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy, 9 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Ohio has never won a postseason game.

Future pro to watch: Jerrel Jernigan, Troy, Wide receiver. One of the best wide receiver/return men you’ve never heard of, Jernigan followed up 2009’s 77-catch breakout season with a 71-grab, 1,101-yard campaign. Electric player with an NFL future.

The pick: Ohio 27, Troy 23.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

St. Petersburg Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville, 8 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: In their four losses this season, the Southern Miss defense gave up 41, 44, 50 and 56 points. The Golden Eagles were 71st in the nation in scoring defense this season.

Future pro to watch: C.J. Bailey, CB, Southern Miss. A Conference USA honorable mention selection, this 5-foot-10 corner won’t wow you with his stats. A third-day NFL prospect, his strong senior season only bolstered his draft stock.

The pick: Louisville 27, Southern Miss 20.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Las Vegas Bowl: Utah vs. Boise State, 8 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Had Boise State beaten Nevada on Dec. 4, they’d be playing Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on national TV on New Year’s Day. Instead, they’re playing in the Las Vegas Bowl on a Wednesday night.

Future pro to watch: Billy Winn, defensive tackle, Boise State. Receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis are the top pro prospects on the Broncos roster, but Winn could have the brightest NFL future. Only a junior, Winn was named to the 2010 All-WAC second team and led a Broncos defense that finished in the top five in the nation in rushing defense,. He also led the country in sacks (3.90 per game) and tackles for loss (8.80). The 6-foot-4, 290-poound run-stuffer had five tackles and a sack against Virginia Tech.

The pick: Boise State 45, Utah 10.

Thursday, Dec. 23

Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State, 8 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: San Diego State’s four 2010 losses came by a combined 15 points.

Future pro to watch: Miles Burris, linebacker, San Diego State: An All-Mountain West first-team selection, Burris led the MWC in both sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (19.0) this season. The 6-foot-3 junior linebacker also led the Aztecs in tackles with 74. One of coach Brady Hoke’s favorite players, Burris could be a late-round steal if he opts to leave school early.

The pick: San Diego State 37, Navy 20.

Friday, Dec. 24

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Tulsa, 8 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Alex Green is the first Hawaii running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,168 yards, 17 TDs) since Travis Sims in 1992.

Future pro to watch: Greg Salas, wide receiver, Hawaii. A senior who’s had a decorated college career, the 6-2 WR from California has had back-to-back 106-reception seasons. This season, he ranked second nationally in receiving yards per game (128.8), third in receptions per game (8.15) and hauled in 12 touchdown passes.

The pick: Hawaii 40, Tulsa 31.

Sunday, Dec. 26

Little Caesars Bowl: Florida International vs. Toledo, 8:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: FIU has never played in a bowl game. The Sun Belt champions were 9-39 over the past four seasons.

Future pro to watch: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International. FIU’s most productive offensive playmaker, Hilton is a Miami native who’s had some big games for the Golden Panthers this year. In a 31-24 win over Arkansas State, the 5-foot-10 junior had 11 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.

The pick: FIU 27, Toledo 17.

Monday, Dec. 27

Independence Bowl: Air Force vs. Georgia Tech, 5 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Run, run, run. Georgia Tech ranked first in the nation in rushing with 327.0 yards per game, while Air Force (8-4) was second with 317.9 yards per game. Both teams run an option offense and combined for just 299 pass attempts all season.

Future pro to watch: Anthony Allen, running back, Georgia Tech: After rushing for more than 1,000 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns in two seasons with Louisville, Allen transferred to Georgia Tech in 2009, where he had an All-ACC campaign. He’s one of the top-rated senior running back prospects and should hear his name called in April.

The pick: Air Force 24, Georgia Tech 20.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Champs Sports Bowl: West Virginia vs. North Carolina State, 6:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: West Virginia ranks second in the FBS in scoring defense at 12.8 points, second in rush defense at 85.1 yards and third in total defense at 251.3 yards.

Future pro to watch: J.R. Sweezy, DT, North Carolina State: Maybe the best name in the ACC this season, Sweezy also had a tremendous season for the Wolfpack. His eight-tackle, two-sack effort at Clemson opened eyes, and his three sacks in the final two games of the season kept those eyes wide open. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, he could be a nice 4-3 interior lineman at the next level.

The pick: West Virginia 31, North Carolina State 20.

Insight Bowl: Missouri vs. Iowa, 10 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Iowa will be playing without all-Big Ten wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and sophomore running back Adam Robinson. The former was arrested on drug charges Dec. 7, when officers reportedly found cocaine residue, "small quantities of marijuana" in Johnson-Koulianos' bedroom, and a variety of legal painkillers and muscle relaxers for which he did not have prescriptions. Coach Kirk Ferentz immediately suspended the senior. Six days later, Ferentz announced that Robinson would not play in the bowl game for failing to comply with "team expectations and policies."

Future pro to watch: Adrian Clayborn, defensive end, Iowa. Clayborn should be a first-round pick in April. His Orange Bowl performance last year is still whispered about in draft circles. His stats weren’t astronomical in 2010, but his 29 consecutive starts shows the durability NFL teams long for at defensive end.

The pick: Missouri 31, Iowa 27.

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Military Bowl: East Carolina vs. Maryland, 2:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: ECU ranked 118th in the country in scoring defense this season, giving up a ghastly 43.4 points per game. Navy rushed for 521 yards and scored 76 points against the Pirates, while Rice scored 62 points and put up 639 yards of total offense a few weeks later.

Future pro to watch: Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Maryland: Though draft pundits have been salivating over Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones for years, Smith drew attention to himself this season. A junior like Green and Jones, Smith had 65 receptions (fifth in school history) for 1,045 yards (second in Maryland history) in 2010. He also broke the school single-season touchdown mark (12) and has the Maryland all-purpose yardage record (5,183) and the ACC all-time kickoff return yards mark (2,909). Big-time talent.

The pick: Maryland 41, East Carolina 28.

Texas Bowl: Illinois vs. Baylor, 6 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: As of Wednesday, ticket sales totaled between 55,000 and 60,000, with much of that coming from the Baylor faithful, just 170 miles away in Waco. When your team hasn’t played in a bowl game since 1994, you’re more inclined to make the drive. This one should resemble a Baylor home game.

Future pro to watch: Mikel Leshoure, running back, Illinois. In Leshoure’s final four games of the season, the 6’0, 230-pounder averaged 183.25 rushing yards per game. On the season, the junior had 1,513 yards on just 252 carries, good for a 6.0 yards per carry average. Oh, and he had 14 touchdowns. Born in Champaign, he’s an Illini kid all the way. Like fellow Illinois great Rashard Mendenhall before him, Leshoure can be a successful back in the NFL.

The pick: Baylor 31, Illinois 24.

Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona, 9:15 p.m. ET

What’s good to know: Heading into November, Arizona was ranked eighth in the nation in total defense. The Wildcats then gave up an average of 36 points per game in the final four games of the season; all of which were losses. Oklahoma State? The Cowboys ranked first in the nation in total yards and were the second-best passing offense in the country.

Future pro to watch: Justin Blackmon, wide receiver, Oklahoma State. Though this All-American says he hasn’t yet considered leaving school early for the NFL this year, he could be a first-round pick if he does. Blackmon does it all, and the draft-eligible sophomore is more than just splashy numbers in Oklahoma State’s offensive scheme; he’s a difference maker.

The pick: Oklahoma State 41, Arizona 27.

Thursday, Dec. 30

Armed Forces Bowl: Army vs. SMU, noon ET.

What’s good to know: The Armed Forces Bowl is being played in Ford Stadium, SMU’s home field in Dallas.

Future pro to watch: Zach Line, running back, SMU. Only a sophomore, Line’s a future prospect. Against Tulane, he had 177 rushing yards, against Marshall he broke the 200-yard mark, and versus a stout TCU defense, he had 139 yards and a TD. He’ll be used early and often against Army.

The pick: SMU 28, Army 14.

Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State vs. Syracuse, 3:15 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: The Kansas State rushing defense gave up an average of 229 yards per game, fourth-worst in the nation.

Future pro to watch: Daniel Thomas, running back, Kansas State: A projected late-first, early-second-round pick, Thomas is one of the top senior running backs in the college game. A Doak Walker semifinalist, his 2,760 career rushing yards rank third all-time at Kansas State. He’s put up silly numbers during his time in Manhattan. His 269-yard outing at North Texas a few weeks ago should have Syracuse defenders shaking in their boots.

The pick: Syracuse 20, Kansas State 16.

Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs. Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: This will be Tennessee’s 10th game played in-state this season. Besides the seven at Neyland Stadium, the Vols played at Memphis and Vanderbilt, and they will play this bowl game at LP Field, the Tennessee Titans’ home stadium.

Future pro to watch: Dwight Jones, wide receiver, North Carolina. The 6-foot-4 junior wasn’t supposed to be the top target in the UNC offense this year, and after a rough start to the season, not much was expected. Then, Jones began to light it up. Starting with a seven-catch, 198-yard, two-touchdown performance at Virginia on Oct. 16, Jones put up 74-, 107-, 233- and 121-yard days. Only Virginia Tech — which held him to just one catch and four yards — found a way to slow him down.

The pick: Tennessee 21, North Carolina 17

Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs. Washington, 10 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Washington quarterback Jake Locker went 4-of-20 for 71 yards with two interceptions when the Huskies fell to the ‘Huskers at home in September.

Future pro to watch: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska. Most draftniks have Amukamara listed as their top-rated senior prospect in all of college football. A lock-down corner, opposing quarterbacks don’t even throw it in his direction. Fellow ‘Husker Ndamukong Suh’s rookie year with the Lions was one of the best in recent memory. Amukamara, as NFL-ready a cornerback as you could desire, should make a similar impact.

The pick: Nebraska 30, Washington 20.

Friday, Dec. 31

Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida vs. Clemson, noon, ET.

What’s good to know: Though their offense struggled, the Tigers defense finished the season ranked ninth in the country in scoring defense, giving up only 17.8 points per game.

The pick: Clemson 23, South Florida 14.

Sun Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Miami, 2 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Miami’s defense finished the year ranked No. 2 nationally against the pass.

Future pro to watch: Brandon Harris, cornerback, Miami. A Thorpe Award semifinalist, Harris is one of the top junior corners in the game. He’ll likely match up with Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, making for one of the better corner-wideout battles of the bowl season.

The pick: Notre Dame 27, Miami 23.

Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. Central Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET

What’s good to know: Conference USA teams have lost five straight Liberty Bowls, four of them to SEC teams.

Future pro to watch: A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia. In just eight games, Green still managed to haul in 59 passes for 771 yards and score nine touchdowns. He’s got an NFL body — 6-4, 212 pounds — and is lightning fast. He’ll be a top-10 overall pick if he opts to leave school early.

The pick: Georgia 35, UCF 21.

Chick-fil-A Bowl: South Carolina vs. Florida State, 7:30 p.m. ET

What’s good to know: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was 5-8-1 against Florida State as Florida’s head coach, but can claim the most important victory in the series' 52-year history -- a 52-20 win in the 1997 Sugar Bowl that decided the national championship.

Future pro to watch: Rodney Hudson, guard, FSU. Projected as a first- or second-round pick, the 6-2, 284 pound guard is the top-rated player at the position in the nation. It may be tough to get excited about a guard, but watching Hudson operate is pretty impressive.

The pick: Florida State 38, South Carolina 30.

Saturday, Jan. 1

Ticketcity Bowl: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech, noon ET.

What’s good to know: Northwestern has lost all seven bowl games it's played in since the 1949 Rose Bowl, and will be without injured All-Big Ten quarterback Dan Persa.

Future pro to watch: Vince Browne, defensive end, Northwestern. Still a junior, Browne is battling a shoulder injury, but should be playing in this one. In 2010, he ranked second in the Big Ten in sacks (7.0) and third in tackles for a loss (15.0).

The pick: Texas Tech 44, Northwestern 27.

Capital One Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Not only did Nick Saban used to coach at Michigan State, but he is also good friends with current Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. Furthermore, four of Saban’s top assistants have spent time coaching at Michigan State: Jim McElwain, Joe Pendry, Sal Sunseri and Bobby Williams.

Future pro to watch: Greg Jones, linebacker, Michigan State. One of the best linebackers to ever play for Michigan State, if not the best, Jones doesn’t have the size of a 4-3 middle linebacker, but could be a nice playing inside in a 3-4. He’ll be all over the place in this one, and should hear his name on the first or second day of April’s draft.

The pick: Alabama 27, Michigan State 23.

Outback Bowl: Florida vs. Penn State, 1 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: In its final two FBS games of the regular season, Florida turned the ball over six times and averaged just 251 yards in losses to South Carolina and Florida State by a combined score of 67-21.

Future pro to watch: Mike Pouncey, center, Florida. Pouncey's brother, Maurkice, has been one of the few bright spots for the Steelers offensive line this season; Mike should make his own splash on the NFL next season. Having had a solid year at center, he's capable of playing guard, too. Draftniks peg him as a first or second-round selection.

The pick: Penn State 20, Florida 10.

Gator Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Michigan, 1:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Michigan quarterback and 2010 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson, a Deerfield Beach, Fla., native, will be playing in his first college football game in his home state.

Future pro to watch: Derek Sherrod, offensive tackle, Mississippi State. Sherrod’s a beast both on the field and in the classroom. He’s expected to be selected in the top 20 of the NFL Draft and could be the very first offensive tackle off the board.

The pick: Mississippi State 38, Michigan 28.

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. TCU, 5 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: The Badgers are third in the nation in turnover margin at 1.17, tied with Iowa for first in FBS in turnovers lost with just nine, and are first in FBS is penalties, committing just 35 on the season for 358 yards.

Future pro to watch: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin. A junior, Watt burst on to the scene in 2010 with a breakout season. At 6-6, 292 pounds, he can play defensive line at the next level in either a 3-4 or a 4-3. He’s had some monster games this season, including an effort against Iowa that saw five tackles for a loss and a key late-game sack. Before transferring, Watt was a tight end at Central Michigan who actually worked at a Pizza Hut for a few months while trying to earn a scholarship to Wisconsin. He’s this year’s Lott Award winner, and quite frankly, one of my favorite players in college football. He’s a future late-first/early-second-round pick.

The pick: Wisconsin 23, TCU 10.

Fiesta Bowl: Connecticut vs. Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Oklahoma is on a five-game skid in BCS Bowl games, with its last victory coming in the 2003 Rose Bowl. The Sooners have also lost their last two Fiesta Bowl appearances -- to Boise State in 2007 and West Virginia in 2008.

Future pro to watch: Ryan Broyles, wide receiver, Oklahoma. A first-team Walter Camp All-American, Broyles had an absurd junior season, catching 118 passes for 1,452 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s also the active leader in punt return yards in all of FBS. If he comes out early, he’s got a shot at being a first- or second-day selection in April. He should put on a show on New Year’s Day.

The pick: Oklahoma 41, Connecticut 14.

Monday, Jan. 3

Orange Bowl: Stanford vs. Virginia Tech, 8:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Virginia Tech comes into the Orange Bowl having won 11 straight games. Stanford comes in with a seven-game winning streak.

Future pro to watch: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. What else can you say about this guy? The former high school valedictorian who’s an honors student at Stanford finished second in the Heisman voting and is the top pro prospect in all of college football. Fans of multiple NFL teams are licking their chops at the chance to call him their franchise quarterback. The last time a quarterback had this much hype as a junior? His name was Peyton Manning. And ... he came back for his senior year.

The pick: Stanford 27, Virginia Tech 24 (OT).

Tuesday, Jan. 4

Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas, 8:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Ohio State is 0-9 all-time versus SEC teams in bowl games.

Future pro to watch: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas. Though he is really 6-foot-7, Ryan Mallett’s listed as 6-6 in the Arkansas Media Guide for a reason. Pro scouts might shy away from drafting a quarterback who’s too big and lanky. Thoughts of Dan McGwire come to mind. But with a rocket arm and great accuracy, Mallett should have a far better pro career than McGwire. He’s likely a top-10 pick if he comes out this year. A stellar Sugar Bowl outing will only bolster his stock.

The pick: Arkansas 34, Ohio State 23.

Thursday, Jan. 6

GoDaddy.com Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Second-year Miami coach Mike Haywood went 1-11 in ’09, and started the year 4-4 in 2010 before rattling off five straight wins, including a MAC championship. He’ll be the coach of Pittsburgh next season.

Future pro to watch: Jamari Lattimore, outside linebacker, Middle Tennessee State. Lattimore could be one of those tweener types at the next level — a 3-4 OLB, and a 4-3 DE. He’s had a really strong senior season and could be a late-round steal. The Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, he broke the MTSU single-season sack record this season.

The pick: Middle Tennessee State 27, Miami (Ohio) 21.

Friday, Jan. 7

Cotton Bowl: LSU vs. Texas A&M, 8 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Texas A&M, winner of six straight games, is 0-3 against SEC opponents over the past two years.

Future pro to watch: Patrick Peterson, CB/PR, LSU. My favorite player to watch in all of college football, Peterson’s the tallest cornerback I can ever recall being a first-round draft prospect. At 6-4, he matches up size-wise with the SEC’s top receivers, but also has the wheels of a track star. He’s everywhere on the field and can do damage in the punt return game, too. Sean Smith of the Miami Dolphins was a big corner who went in the second round out of Utah in 2009. Peterson should be a top-five selection if he opts to leave Baton Rouge.

The pick: LSU 27, Texas A&M 20.

Saturday, Jan. 8

Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky, noon ET.

What’s good to know: Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline is suspended for the Compass Bowl after being arrested on charges of alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct on Dec. 10.

Future pro to watch: Jonathan Baldwin, wide receiver, Pittsburgh. Baldwin’s already come out and said he’s declaring for the 2011 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-5, his build is NFL-ready. Pitt had a disappointing 2010 season, and although Baldwin made the All-Big East team as a wideout, his numbers and impact weren’t what fans of the Panthers hoped they would be. He’ll be taken in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft in April.

The pick: Pittsburgh 28, Kentucky 24.

Sunday, Jan. 9

Fight Hunger Bowl: Nevada vs. Boston College, 9 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: In 12 games, Boston College allowed just 962 rushing yards, seven rush TDs, a 2.7 average per carry and only 80.2 yards per game on the ground — tops in the nation in each statistic. Nevada is third in the nation in rushing and sixth in points scored. Something’s gotta give.

Future pro to watch Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada. The master of Chris Ault’s Pistol offense, Kaepernick was the team MVP for the co-champion Wolf Pack this season. He’s a big physical presence at 6-6, 225 pounds, but the bulk of his damage was done with his legs at Nevada. One of just ten quarterbacks in college football history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, he’ll be an enigma for NFL scouts to peg. He’s an NFL player, for sure, but he may slip in the draft to the third day.

The Pick: Nevada 34, Boston College 17.

Monday, Jan. 10

BCS National Championship Game: Oregon vs. Auburn, 8:30 p.m. ET.

What’s good to know: Oregon will be wearing these uniforms in the national title game. And yes, those are neon green socks and shoelaces.

Future pro to watch: Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn. Fairley’s the top defensive tackle in all of college football and had a 2010 breakout season just a shade below Ndamukong Suh’s 2009. The winner of the 2010 Lombardi Award, Fairley was second in the SEC in sacks with 10.5 and holds the school record for tackles for a loss. He’s a beast with brute force and swift quickness. He’s everything an NFL team could ever want when it comes to anchoring a defensive line.

The pick: Auburn 52, Oregon 41.