Bowls get under way on Saturday

13 December 2017 21:30:03 GMTPlus11

The College Football post-season gets underway this weekend when the first five Bowl games are contested in New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Montgomery.

While the fans of each team will be focused on their individual school, the Bowl season does give an opportunity to check out players who have the potential to make it at the NFL level.

The major programs will always send the majority of the players to the pros, but it is surprising the number of players that make NFL teams that come out of smaller programs.

Testament that the skill set needed to play at the highest level is not the same as at the collegiate.

With all the attention on the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft and whether Josh Rosen of UCLA, Sam Darnold of USC and Wyoming's Josh Allen will declare and how Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State will be evaluated, there are still others worth taking a look at.

Mike White at Western Kentucky, who play Georgia State in the Autonation Cure Bowl in Orlando is one such prospect.

The Hilltoppers have one of the top offenses in the nation and White trails only Rudolph, Mayfield and Riley Ferguson of Memphis in passing yards.

Meanwhile, the question in Las Vegas is whether running back Royce Freeman will play for the Oregon Ducks against Boise State.

Freeman has been banged up and while it is disappointing to see players skip the Bowl games, this may be one of the occasions where it makes total sense.

Freeman finished ninth in the regular season in rushing yards in the nation and the flip side is given his injury issues and loss of form in 2016, the running back may decide he needs to show NFL scouts that he can compete.

Meanwhile, Alabama are 2.80 to win the NCAAF Championship, with Oklahoma 4.50 and Clemson 3.25.

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