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The best non-New Year’s Six head to head matchups of bowl season

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While the College Football Playoff includes college football mainstays like Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, there are other intriguing matchups that comprise the “New Year’s Six” like Texas versus Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and LSU taking on UCF in the Fiesta Bowl. Stars like Alabama’s Raekwon Davis, Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery, and Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt figure to win their share of individual matchups against their opponents but there are plenty of quality individual matchups to watch this bowl season that do not involve the “New Year’s Six” bowl games.

Citrus Bowl: Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley versus Kentucky linebacker Jordan Jones 

One of the best quarterbacks in Penn State history has his career finale in the Citrus Bowl against a player who has received less attention than his position mate. While Josh Allen receives a ton of attention among Kentucky defensive players, inside linebacker Jordan Jones is solid and will have to stop the dual threat ability and moxie of Trace McSorley. Both guys don’t have great size at their respective positions but have become great players regardless.

-Dollar General Bowl: Troy cornerback Blace Brown versus Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson

It’s hard to believe that one of the best head to head matchups on the outside would occur in the Dollar General Bowl. Troy cornerback Blace Brown recovered from a torn ACL last year and is one of the best players in the Sun Belt Conference. Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson was a big reason for the production of Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson. This is an unheralded matchup between unheralded players.

-Pinstripe Bowl: Wisconsin offensive tackle David Edwards versus Miami (FL) defensive end Joe Jackson

Although both Wisconsin and Miami (FL) had disappointing 2018 seasons, they can finish their season off on a positive note with a win. Wisconsin has been an offensive line factory for a long time while Miami (FL) has an impressive defensive line lineage itself. Wisconsin’s David Edwards, who battled an arm injury late in the season, could have his hands full with Miami’s Joe Jackson, who is proven.

-Independence Bowl: Temple running back Ryquell Armstead versus Duke linebacker Ben Humphreys

This could be a good one. Temple is adjusting to losing its head coach as Geoff Collins is going to Georgia Tech but Temple’s Ryquell Armstead is a playmaker who will want to show well as a senior. Duke’s Ben Humphreys is the best of an experienced linebacking corps who will have to stop Armstead.


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