Having been college football stars themselves, many current NFL players have their finger on the pulse of college football – what the coaches may be thinking, and what schemes might help beat one team or another. Using their own football expertise, some also have a knack for dissecting the game and picking a winner.
We asked six current Buffalo Bills – Marcell Dareus, EJ Manuel, Da’Norris Searcy, C.J. Spiller, Aaron Williams, and Eric Wood – to project a winner for each of the 35 college bowl games. We’ll be monitoring their results at our Bills Pick The Bowls homepage.
For select games, we’ll also invite one of the guys to offer their “Keys to the Game.” You may not be surprised at which team they pick to win (HINT: find out where they went to school), but they’ll give you an insider’s perspective on how their former team can lay claim to a bowl victory.
So check out the complete list of picks HERE, and be sure to stay tuned to buffalobills.com for the duration of Bills Pick The Bowls.
The first round of bowl games begins today, so we caught up with QB Jeff Tuel (Washington State vs. Colorado State – New Mexico Bowl) and WR Robert Woods (USC vs. Fresno State – Las Vegas Bowl) for their thoughts on the games.
JEFF TUEL’S KEYS TO A WASHINGTON STATE WIN:
-Continue to get the ball out quickly, but don’t force it downfield. Use the backs in the passing game to take “take the candy” in what’s given by the Colorado State defense.
-QB Connor Holiday needs to rely on the o-line to pick up the blitz, as he has down the stretch. He should let the game come to him and take advantage of the deep shots when possible.
-The Cougar defense prides itself on stopping the run. Stopping the run will help set Washington State up for the win.
ROBERT WOODS’ KEYS TO A USC WIN:
-When USC has played well its racked up the yardage with skill-position threats like RBs Javorius Allen and Silas Redd.
-Fly around, play great defense and stop the run with LB Hayes Pullard and S/LB Dion Bailey.
-The Trojans will need a big game from redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler.
-The Fresno State offense has stood for scoring points, but USC is up for the challenge.
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