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:
Wednesday, Dec. 29
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Maryland vs. Virginia Tech (2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)
The Terrapins should have one of the best receiver rooms in the country next season with Dontay Demus Jr. and Rakim Jarrett returning, plus the addition of Florida transfer Jacob Copeland. Led by Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland could have a formidable offense next season. Offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan was a highly regarded recruit with immense athletic upside. Coming into the year, he had some oversetting issues to correct. Safety Nick Cross has stuffed the stat sheet over the course of his career. He has accumulated six interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
Virginia Tech’s Amare Barno is a long pass rusher with limited production. Scouts have been intrigued with his capabilities, and he has the opportunity to showcase them in Mobile in January. Interior offensive lineman Lecitus Smith and wide receiver Tre Turner are also headed to the Senior Bowl. Turner is a slender-framed wide receiver. Virginia Tech’s pass catchers did a really good job of committing as blockers. The Hokies lost wide receiver Tayvion Robinson in the transfer portal. He is a competitive prospect who attacks the ball in the air. Robinson could really break out at Kentucky in a similar role that Wan’Dale Robinson thrived in this season.
The CBS Sports staff examined the odds and made predictions for the game!
Clemson vs. Iowa State (5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN)
The Clemson cornerback tandem of Mario Goodrich and Andrew Booth Jr. made life difficult for opposing…