College football bowl season kicked off Friday, Dec. 17 and carries through early January with the College Football Playoffs. Several players will opt out of respective bowl opportunities, but many more will close out their collegiate careers before jettisoning to the NFL. CBSSports.com is tracking all of the prospects to watch throughout bowl season:
Saturday, Jan. 1
Penn State vs. No. 21 Arkansas (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2)
The Nittany Lions landed Temple’s Arnold Ebiketie in the offseason. Ebiketie has done as much for his stock as any other player in the country. It is a position group that is wide open beyond the top three: Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Purdue’s George Karlaftis. Ebiketie fits into that second tier. Jaquan Brisker has established himself as one of the best senior safeties in the nation. Linebacker Brandon Smith has great size and athleticism but production has not met expectations. Cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields is another NFL prospect.
Wide receiver Jahan Dotson is one of the best in the nation. He is a fast player that has shown an ability to win at all three levels this season. Offensive tackle Rasheed Walker is not the first round pick that many considered early in the year but he still has an NFL future.
Arkansas center Ricky Stromberg and safety Jalen Catalon made the decision to return to school. Wide receiver Treylon Burks is a rare combination of size and play-making ability. Burks has spent a lot of time in the slot and his blocking potential could be an enticing option for a wide zone prevalent scheme in the first round. Defensive tackle John Ridgeway III is headed to the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He is a wide body with limited pass rush potential.
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Vrbo Citrus Bowl
No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 22 Kentucky (1 p.m. ET on ABC)