What if they gave a bowl and nobody came

December 27, 2022

What if they gave a bowl and nobody came … That might be a little extreme, but with the better bowls starting to show up on the post-season schedule, we were hoping to be able to suggest players to watch in some of the lead-up games to Saturday’s CFP semi-finals. Unfortunately, though, most of the top prospects in the non-playoff games have opted out and we’re not going to recommend folks tune into what are essentially meaningless games to check out late round or even free agent prospects. There are four games tomorrow, for example, and we were hoping to get a final look at legit first round prospects like Arkansas LB Drew Sanders when the Hogs played Kansas in the Liberty Bowl tomorrow afternoon. But he’s not playing. Same for Texas Tech DE Tyree Wilson, a legit top ten candidate for the upcoming who won’t play when the Red Raiders face Mississippi in the Texas Bowl tomorrow evening. And it would been cool to watch rising Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez go head-to-head against North Carolina WR Josh Downs in the Holiday Bowl tomorrow, but again neither is playing; neither is Ducks’ ILB Noah Sewell. In fact, the only player on our top 150 Big Board who’ll be playing tomorrow is Ole Miss RB Zach Evans, who hasn’t decided whether to enter the draft or not. The good news in all of this, other than the fact that with the playoff expanding to 12 teams in a couple of years its just hard to see the other bowls surviving, is that there are just 4 sleeps until the two national semi-finals kick-off on New Year’s Eve. And those we will be previewing as no one is opting out of those.