Monday, January 02, 2017

Bowling for prospects -- US Bowl Season keeps CFL Scouts hopping

While fans of the CFL settle in for the long winter, counting down the days until the first of the training camps and then the launch of the 2017 season, CFL GM's, coaches and scouts have been facing a hectic few weeks as the US college Bowl season gets underway.

With the Christmas and New Year's period now a long running festival of football, the traditional Bowl Games of the past have at times tended to get lost in the shuffle and more importantly the growing list of bowl games makes for a lengthy list of potential prospects for CFL teams to explore.

As well as keeping an eye on talent for future CFL rosters, fans can also follow the path of a number of Canadians playing in NCAA football this year.

Those playing in the Bowl games are listed below, you can find their biographies under the Game Summary.

Below we'll track the results of the Bowl Madness of the last few weeks and should we stumble across any CFL related notes that are tied into the games we'll share those as well.

College Play Off Related Games

January 9

College Football National Championship Presented by AT & T

Alabama vs Clemson

December 31

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (College Playoff Semi-Final)
Alabama 24 vs Washington 7
Game Summary

Brayden Lenius, WR, (Washington) North Vancouver, BC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (College Playoff Semi-Final)
Clemson 31 vs Ohio State 0
Game Summary


Non Playoff Related Bowl Games

January 2

Outback Bowl
Florida 30 vs Iowa 3
Game Summary

Faith Ekakitie, DT, (Iowa) Brampton, Ontario
Alaric Jackson, OL, (Iowa) Windsor, Ontario

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Western Michigan 24 vs Wisconsin 16
Game Summary

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
USC 52 vs Penn State 49
Game Summary

Daniel Joseph, DE, (Penn State) Brampton, Ontario

All State Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma 35 vs Auburn 19 
Game Summary

Neville Gallimore, DL, (Oklahoma) St. Catherine's, Ontario

December 31 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
LSU 29 vs Louisville 9
Game Summary

TaxSlayer Bowl
Georgia Tech 33 vs Kentucky 18
Game Summary

December 30

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Georgia 31 vs TCU 23
Game Summary

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford 25 vs North Carolina 23
Game Summary

Wesley Annan, DT, (Stanford) Whitby, Ontario

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Tennessee 38 vs Nebraska 24
Game Summary

Jonathan Kongbo, DL, (Tennessee) Surrey, BC.
David Knevel, OL, (Nebraska) Brantford, Ontario

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Air Force 45 vs South Alabama 21
Game Summary

Capital One Orange Bowl
Florida State 33 vs Michigan 32
Game Summary

December 29

Birmingham Bowl
South Florida 46 vs South Carolina 39 (OT)
Game Summary

Belk Bowl
Virginia Tech 35 vs Arkansas 24
Game Summary

Valero Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State 38 vs Colorado 6
Game Summary

Amen Ogbonbbemiga, LB, (Oklahoma State) Calgary, Alberta
Shane Richards, OL, (Oklahoma State) Calgary, Alberta

December 28 

Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami 31 vs West Virginia 14
Game Summary

Foster Farms Bowl
Utah 26 vs Indiana 24
Game Summary

New Era Pinstripe Bowl 
Northwestern 31 vs Pittsburgh 24
Game Summary

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Kansas State 33 vs Texas A & M 28
Game Summary

December 27

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Wake Forest 34 vs Temple 26
Game Summary

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
Army 38 vs North Texas 31 (OT)
Game Summary

National Funding Holiday Bowl
Minnesota 17 vs Washington State 12
Game Summary

Jonathan Femi-Cole, RB, (Minnesota) Vaughn, Ontario
Julien Kafo, DL, (Minnesota) Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Baylor 31 vs Boise State 12
Game Summary

December 26

St. Petersburg Bowl
Mississippi State 17 vs Miami of Ohio 16
Game Summary

Justin Senior, OL, (Mississippi State) Montreal, Quebec

Quick Lane Bowl
Boston College 36 vs Maryland 30
Game Summary

Camping World Independence Bowl
North Carolina State 41 vs Vanderbilt 17
Game Summary

December 24

Hawai'i Bowl
Hawai'a 52 vs Middle Tennessee 35
Game Summary

December 23

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Louisiana Tech 48 vs Navy 45
Game Summary

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Old Dominion 24 vs Eastern Michigan 20
Game Summary

Dollar General Bowl
Troy 28 vs Ohio 23
Game Summary

Maleek Irons, RB,  (Ohio) Chilliwack, BC
Matt Seymour, WR, (Ohio) New Westminster, BC

December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Idaho 64 vs Colorado State 50
Game Summary

Mason Woods, OL, (Idaho) Port Coquitlam, BC

December 21

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Brigham Young University 24 vs Wyoming 21
Game Summary

December 20

Boca Raton Bowl
Western Kentucky 51 vs Memphis 31
Game Summary

December 19

Miami Beach Bowl
Tulsa 55 vs Central Michigan 10
Game Summary

Keegan Markgraf, LS, (Central Michigan) Hamilton, Ontario

December 17

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
Grambling 10 vs North Carolina Central 9
Game Summary

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico 23 vs USTA 20
Game Summary

Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico
San Diego State 34 vs Houston 10
Game Summary

Alex Fontana, OL, (Houston) Toronto, Ontario

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State 31 vs Toledo 28
Game Summary

AutoNation Cure Bowl
Arkansas State 31 vs UCF 13
Game Summary

R and L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Southern Mississippi 28 vs Louisiana-Lafayette 21
Game Summary


Notes from Bowl Season of interest to CFL fans

December 31 -- Rose Bowl Safety inherited CFL standout grandfather's skills, but lessons learned offer a different future
December 26 -- CFL guide to post-Christmas NCAA Bowl games
December 20 -- College Football Players Sit out Bowl Games in Anticipation of NFL Draft
December 20 -- Surprised NCAA players are skipping bowl games? It was bound to happen in a system that exploits athletes for profit
December 20 -- Are the lesser Bowl Games getting Flushed Away?
December 16 -- The real reason there are so many bowl games in college football - ESPN

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