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Some of the biggest bowl games of the year are on tap over the next week. Check out five players we you should keep an eye on.
1. Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
The Heisman Trophy winner will try to keep the Seminoles undefeated and deliver a national title to a fan base that has been dying for success. Winston elevated his performance above the rest this season, completing 67.9% of his passes and tossing 38 TD passes and accounting for another four on the ground. The BCS Championship game should be a shootout with the level of offensive talent on both teams, and Winston will look to deliver a performance that will solidify his place as the nation’s top player in 2013.
2. Tre Mason – RB – Auburn
Mason is a newer face to most college football fans but cemented a legacy by amassing over 300 yards rushing in the SEC title game. The Seminole defense hasn’t faced an uptempo rushing attack like the one the Tigers present, and Mason will create some big problems for second level defenders.
3. Braxton Miller – QB – Ohio State
Ohio State nearly went undefeated, and it was in big part due to the play of Braxton Miller. The Junior Buckeye signal caller has a tremendous arm, but has made some of his biggest plays this season with his legs. Friday night’s game at Sun Life Stadium features Miller against another QB talent in Tajh Boyd of Clemson. Keep an eye on this match-up as both these QBs lead two powerful offenses that can score points in bunches.
4. Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
After a slow Sophmore campaign, Watkins has reasserted himself as one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the college game and an elite game changer. Having caught 85 balls for over 1,200 yards and 10 TDs, Watkins impact level relies on the number of touches he can get. Look for the Tigers to test the Buckeyes with Watkins’s speed and athleticism in the secondary to create big plays. The Orange Bowl has created many legends, and Friday might not be any different with the caliber of talent on the field.