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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Alabama at Texas A&M Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The first weekend of the bowl games is here! I know some of you cannot wait to get that big bag of popcorn and watch these games until you pass out which should not take too long.

Right now I am hoping for a Oklahoma vs Clemson final just because I like the underdogs.

Here is your schedule of games and players to watch ...

Friday, Dec 20, 2019

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Buffalo vs. Charlotte 2:00pm ET

Evin Ksiezarczyk - Buffalo - OT - 6’6” - 315 - RSR

Alex Highsmith - Charlotte - EDGE - 6’3” - 244 - RSR

Benny LeMay - Charlotte - RBF - 6’0” - 218 - SR


Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl

Utah State vs. Kent State 7:30pm ET

Jordan Love - Utah State - QB - 6’4” - 225 - JR

Dominik Eberle - Utah State - PK - 6’2” - 195 - SR

Tipa Galeai - Utah State - EDGE - 6’5” - 230 - SR

Gerold Bright - Utah State - RBC - 5’9” - 195 - SR


Saturday, Dec 21, 2019

Celebration Bowl

Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T 12:00pm ET

Noah Johnson - Alcorn State - QB - 6’0” - 195 - RSR

De’Shawn Waller - Alcorn State - RB - 5’11” - 210 - SR

Javen Morrison - Alcorn State - CB - 5’10” - 160 - SR

Solomon Muhammad - Alcorn State - LB - 6’1” - 235 - SR

Jah-Maine Martin - North Carolina A&T - RB - 5’10” - 214 - RJR

Marcus Pettiford - North Carolina A&T - OT - 6’4” - 286 - RSR

Franklin “Mac” McCain III - North Carolina A&T - CB - 6’0” - 175 - RJR

https://theundefeated.com/features/alcorn-state-has-three-of-the-top-players-in-hbcu-football-this-season/

“The one thing that I’ve learned is that you can’t overlook those schools,” said Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. “There is talent down there, and every year someone is coming up through the ranks in those schools.”

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“I think it [HBCU talent] is extremely important. We are trying to find talent no matter what level, whether it’s Division III, HBCU, Division I or NAIA,” said Spielman. “That’s our job as talent evaluators, to go out and find that talent, and it doesn’t matter who they are or where they come from.”


New Mexico Bowl

Central Michigan vs. San Diego State 2:00pm ET

Sean Adesanya - Central Michigan - EDGE - 6’3” - 240 - SR

Luq Barcoo - San Diego State - CB - 6’1” - 175 - SR

Kyahva Tezino - San Diego State - OLB - 6’0” - 230 - SR

Keith Ismael - San Diego State - OC - 6’3” - 311 - JR


FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl

Liberty vs. Georgia Southern 2:30pm ET

Antonio Gandy-Golden - Liberty - WRF - 6’4” - 216 - SR

Jessie Lemonier - Liberty - EDGE - 6’3” - 240 - SR

Kindle Vildor - Georgia Southern - CB - 5’11” - 190 - SR


Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

SMU vs. Florida Atlantic 3:30pm ET

James Proche - SMU - WRS - 5’11” - 190 - RSR

Shane Buechele - SMU - QB - 6’1’’ - 207 - JR

Delontae Scott - SMU - EDGE - 6’5” - 250 - SR

Xavier Jones - SMU - RBF - 5’11” - 208 - SR

Harrison Bryant - Florida Atlantic - TE - 6’5” - 240 - SR


Camellia Bowl

FIU vs. Arkansas State 5:30pm ET

Sage Lewis - FIU - ILB - 6’1” - 240 - SR

William Bradley-King - Arkansas State - EDGE - 6’4” - 248 - JR


Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

19 Boise State vs. Washington 7:30pm ET

Curtis Weaver - Boise State - EDGE - 6’3” - 266 - RJR

John Hightower - Boise State - WRF - 6’2” - 184 - SR

John Molchon - Boise State - OG - 6’5” - 322 - RSR

Trey Adams - Washington - OT - 6’7” - 315 - SR

Jacob Eason - Washington - QB - 6’6” - 228 - JR

Nick Harris - Washington - OC - 6’1” - 302 - SR

Aaron Fuller - Washington - WRS - 5’11” - 186 - SR

Salvon Ahmed - Washington - RBC - 5’11” - 196 - RJR

Benning Potoae - Washington - DL5T - 6’3” - 285 - SR

Myles Bryant - Washington - CB - 5’9” - 184 - SR

Hunter Bryant - Washington - TE - 6’2” - 241 - RJR

Keith Taylor - Washington - CB - 6’3” - 200 - JR

Levi Onwuzurike - Washington - DL3T - 6’3” - 282 - JR


R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

20 Appalachian State vs. UAB 9:00pm ET

Akeem Davis- Gaither - Appalachian State - OLB - 6’2” - 210 - SR

Spencer Brown - UAB - FB - 6’0” - 230 - JR

Garrett Marino - UAB - DL3T - 6’2” - 290 - SR

Jordan Smith - UAB - EDGE - 6’7” - 250 - RSO


Monday, Dec 23, 2019

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

UCF vs. Marshall 2:30pm ET

Gabriel Davis - UCF - WRF - 6’3’’ - 212 - JR

Adrian Killins Jr. - UCF - RBC - 5’8” - 164 - SR

Levi Brown - Marshall - OT - 6’4” - 280 - RSR


Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019

SoFi Hawai’i Bowl

Hawaii vs. BYU 8:00pm ET

Cedric Byrd II - Hawaii - WRS - 5’9” - 175 - SR

Cole McDonald - Hawaii - QB - 6’4” - 220 - JR

Matt Bushman - BYU - TE - 6’5” - 245 - JR


As usual, I am going to do a mock but now am inclined to include a quick and dirty offseason plan which will inform the mock.

In my last mock I detailed a little more about key decisions. In this one I will be brief.

overthecap has the Vikings with -4.5 mil

Griffen’s deal will void because he has met the necessary goals and this frees up 13.1 mil.

Rhodes is not likely going to remain and this frees up 8.8 mil.

Reiff gets a 2 year 22 mil extension which will free up 1 mil.

This takes the cap space to 18.4 mil.

Extend Cousins with a 4 year 134 mil deal which takes the cap space to 31.2 mil

Extend Hunter with a 2 year 61 mil deal which takes the cap space to 30.2 mil.

Re-sign Alexander with a 4 year 24 mil deal which takes the cap space to 27.3 mil.

Re-sign Harris with a 3 year 18 mil deal which takes the cap space to 24.4 mil.

Re-sign Bailey with a 2 year 4 mil deal which takes the cap space to 22.4 mil.

Re-sign Colquitt with a 2 year 4 mil deal which takes the cap space to 20.4 mil.

Re-sign Ham with a 2 year 4 mil deal which takes the cap space to 18.4 mil.

Re-sign Wilson with a 1 year 820k mil deal which takes the cap space to 17.6 mil.


So who could they sign in free agency with 17.6 mil available?

In this scenario, trying to re-sign Griffen might be a move but I think he tests free agency and will get close to 10 mil per year if not more.

Trying to re-sign Weatherly is another possibility but his market is unknown right now and it may take only 1 mil to 1.5 mil for one or two years.

Can they get Kearse to come back after extending Harris? What will his role be? Will another team see more of a role for him in their defense? Ideally you would like to bring him back because he knows the defense and plays in different roles when necessary. It probably will take close to 2 mil per year to keep him here. I think he should test the market to see if a starting role is available for competition.

The rest of the in-house free agents are considerations but should test the market first.

I do not see any other significant free agents out there worth targeting unless it is Brandon Scherff who I firmly believe will re-sign with the Redskins or get tagged.

So no free agents.


Heading into the draft, the offensive line will return all 5 starters with many people believing left guard needs to be upgraded. I could see bringing in competition for sure.

Bringing back Alexander and not Waynes plus letting Rhodes go (via trade - for now) makes corner a position with very little depth.

Griffen and/or Weatherly leaving would create some depth concerns at defensive end unless Odenigbo is a strong consideration for starting (I think he should be).

Depth at WR and a backup QB are also needed.

https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=tpeexy

PRE-DRAFT TRADES

MIAMI DOLPHINS

SENT: XAVIER RHODES

RECEIVED: ROUND: 5 PICK: 21

24: R1P24 WR HENRY RUGGS III ALABAMA 6’0” 183 JR

NCAA Football: Alabama at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

56: R2P24 CB JAYLON JOHNSON UTAH 6’0” 190 JR

Utah v Stanford Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

88: R3P24 G SHANE LEMIEUX OREGON 6’4” 317 SR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Southern Utah at Oregon Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

104: R3P40 EDGE ALTON ROBINSON SYRACUSE 6’4” 257 SR

Syracuse v Florida State Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

132: R4P24 S ASHTYN DAVIS CALIFORNIA 6’1” 201 RSR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 27 Washington at Cal Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

168: R5P21 DL DARRION DANIELS NEBRASKA 6’3” 320 RSR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Nebraska at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

205: R6P24 OT COLTON MCKIVITZ WEST VIRGINIA 6’7” 312 RSR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 25 Baylor at West Virginia Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

219: R7P3 S ANTOINE BROOKS JR. MARYLAND 5’11” 210 SR

Maryland v Rutgers Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

240: R7P24 LB KAMAL MARTIN MINNESOTA 6’3” 235 SR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Minnesota at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

250: R7P34 QB ANTHONY GORDON WASHINGTON STATE 6’3” 210 RSR

Oregon State v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

253: R7P37 WR BRYAN EDWARDS SOUTH CAROLINA 6’3” 215 SR

Massachusetts v South Carolina Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

I know that taking a receiver in the first round is not going to be very popular. But 4 offensive tackles had gone and 5 CBs had gone already. Since in this mock/plan Reiff was extended it pushed OT down the list.

This draft is very strong for receivers especially at the top. Ruggs is likely going to be the fastest or one of the fastest receivers in the draft. I think the Vikings need a true speed demon to take the top off the defense and free up Diggs and Thielen even more. I also think they need to let Cousins throw more.

In the 2nd round I had to go for a corner because in this mock/plan Rhodes and Waynes are both gone. Not sure if that is how it will actually play out but Jaylon Johnson is pretty good. In my last mock some thought I had him to low so hopefully this rectifies those concerns.

I had to go for competition for Elflein at left guard in the 3rd and Lemieux may last that long.

I like Robinson as another mid round defensive end project.

Davis brings depth to the safety position and is also a punt returner.

The remaining players would battle for depth spots.


Here is an alternate mock just for the heck of it.

https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=xyvpov

TRADES

CLEVELAND BROWNS

SENT: ROUND: 2 PICK: 24 & ROUND: 3 PICK: 40

RECEIVED: ROUND: 2 PICK: 15

BALTIMORE RAVENS

SENT: ROUND: 3 PICK: 24

RECEIVED: ROUND: 3 PICK: 32 7 ROUND: 5 PICK: 23

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

SENT: ROUND: 3 PICK: 32

RECEIVED: ROUND: 3 PICK: 35 & ROUND: 6 PICK: 35

24: R1P24 CB TREVON DIGGS ALABAMA

47: R2P15 EDGE CURTIS WEAVER BOISE STATE

99: R3P35 OT CALVIN THROCKMORTON OREGON

132: R4P24 S BRANDON JONES TEXAS

170: R5P23 WR DEVIN DUVERNAY TEXAS

205: R6P24 G LOGAN STENBERG KENTUCKY

216: R6P35 S JULIAN BLACKMON UTAH

219: R7P3 DL BENITO JONES MISSISSIPPI

240: R7P24 CB TROY PRIDE JR. NOTRE DAME

250: R7P34 QB ANTHONY GORDON WASHINGTON STATE

253: R7P37 RB KESHAWN VAUGHN VANDERBILT

Well, there you have it. Enjoy the games if you watch any.