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2013 Pinstripe Bowl Prospect Preview: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

In what could be his final college football game, Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt will be a player to watch Saturday. (Photo: Matt Cashore — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Notre Dame and Rutgers will “play ball” when they face off in the Pinstripe Bowl (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Yankee Stadium. Both Notre Dame (8-4) and Rutgers (6-6) took a step backward in 2013 after strong 2012 seasons. The Fighting Irish had an unbelievable 2012 season, going 12-0 before getting throttled in the national title game against Alabama. Rutgers started the 2012 season 7-0 before finishing the season 2-4. Neither team could match its win total from the year before in 2013, but a win Saturday could get one team off on the right foot as they head into 2014.

While neither team had great 2013 seasons, both have talent headed to the 2014 NFL draft, though Notre Dame’s roster has more overall talent.

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2014 NFL Draft: American Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference Sleepers to Watch

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

USF defensive end Ryne Giddins could be a riser in the 2014 NFL draft class if he bounces back strong from an injury-riddled junior season. (Photo: Danny Wild — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Mid-American Conference has consistently produced a few selections in each NFL Draft. The American Athletic Conference, formerly known as the Big East, has produced a good amount of NFL talent.

As one of the power conferences, the Big East produced a good amount of selections, averaging 19.4 picks over the last five drafts. With an exodus of many of the conference’s top teams in progress, it remains to be seen whether the AAC will be able to sustain that production of NFL talent.

During that same five-year period, the MAC averaged 6.6 players selected. However, the MAC did produce the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, as the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher.

Top quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville leads the draft-eligible talent for the AAC this season, while the MAC’s top prospects are Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Kent State running back/wide receiver Dri Archer.

Although they do not play in any of college football’s major conferences, Bridgewater, Mack and Archer are already well-established names as prospect. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-established names who could be sleeper prospects for the 2014 NFL draft.

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Prospect Preview: Russell Athletic Bowl

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Khaseem Green would look awful good in Buffalo next season… (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Editor Mike Watkins

In the Russell Athletic Bowl you have Virginia Tech matching up against a former Big East rival in Rutgers. The two teams haven’t played a game against each other since 2004 and this should be a good one.

Virginia Tech had a down year for their program after the high hopes of the season rested on QB L.Thomas. Thomas was expected to emerge this year as one of the best at the position in the game and a likely first rounder in the 2013 NFL draft. While some had visions of Cam Newton in their heads Thomas failed to live up to any expectations people had for him before the season. For Virginia Tech to win this game they need a good performance from Thomas coupled with a defense that played the run well at the end of the year but needs a much better effort from there pass defense to pull out the win

Rutgers had an up and down year but that was mostly due to the offense. Rutgers defense was one of the best in the nation and led by one of my favorite players to watch, LB K.Greene. I fully expect the defense to show up but the offense is going to have to bring there A game to get this win. I expect Rutgers to attack the Virginia Tech secondary early and often (more…)



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