Today’s bowl games mark the beginning of the College Football Playoffs. The top four teams will be squaring off this afternoon to contend for a national title spot. With them, two other bowl games are being played which feature a ton of NFL Draft talent. Here are the ten players to watch today.
CFB Semifinal: Peach Bowl, 4 PM ET on ESPN
Ceedee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma: Ceedee Lamb has established himself as one of the best receivers in the nation. He is a highly athletic, YAC monster who will be depended on against LSU’s awesome defense.
Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU: Oklahoma is going to try to make it rain and Kristian Fulton will be there to make sure it doesn’t. The senior cornerback has had a dominant season and faces one of his biggest challenges yet in the Sooners.
Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver, LSU: While Ja’Marr Chase is seen as the alpha dog in the LSU passing game, Justin Jefferson actually leads the team in receptions. Jefferson is a tough player at the catch point who fights for YAC on every reception. If the Peach Bowl turns into a shoot out, expect a big game from the talented junior.
CFB Semifinal: Fiesta Bowl, 8 PM ET on ESPN
Isaiah Simmons, Linebacker, Clemson: Despite being undefeated, Clemson goes into this playoff short handed compared to their stacked 2018 squad. Simmons is the leader on a young defense and will need to make huge plays against Ohio State to keep the Tigers alive.
Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson: Tee Higgins has had the most under the Radar season considering he’s scored 13 touchdowns on 52 catches and averaged nearly 21 yards a reception. Higgins is integral to the success of the Clemson passing game and he will need signature plays against a stingy Ohio State defense.
Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State: While Chase Young is the best prospect on the Ohio State defense (and in the country), Jeff Okudah will need to be on his best against a handful of dangerous Clemson receivers. Okudah has been outstanding all year and will need to bring that into today’s gauntlet against the Tigers offense.
Antonio Gibson, Wide Receiver, Memphis v. Penn State (12 PM ET on ESPN): Memphis has a lot of offensive firepower but Antonio Gibson is a particularly eye catching player. The 6’2” senior receiver is a threat to actor any time he touches the ball; as a receiver, rusher or returner.
Yegur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State v. Memphis (12 PM ET on ESPN): Penn States’ top defender and one of the best defensive line prospects in the country will have a huge impact on this game. Gross-Matos will be depended on to slow Memphis’ dangerous offense.
Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame v. Iowa State (12 PM ET on ABC): Julian Okwara is a high ceiling defender and could separate himself today from a crowded class against a solid team.
Marcel Spears, Linebacker, Iowa State v. Notre Dame (12 PM ET on ABC): ISU is a tough team filled with tough players. Marcel Spears is a scrappy, quick linebacker who makes up for his size with playing speed and intensity. He will be crucial in slowing down Notre Dame’s deadly intermediate passing game.