Raiders.com College Football Bowl Preview

It's everyone's favorite time of the year – bowl season.

For the next several weeks, college football will embark on their postseason, with their numerous bowl games taking center stage.

Bowl season officially kicks off Saturday, December 19, so heading into the first bowl game, let's find out where current Raiders' alma maters are going to be playing.

Tony Bergstrom

Played in 48 career games for the Utes, earning First-Team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior.

BYU vs. Utah

Las Vegas Bowl – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas.

December 19. 3:30 p.m. on ABC

TJ Carrie

Played four seasons as Ohio, appearing in 56 games with 36 starts.  During his career he totaled 165 tackles (108 solo), nine INTs, 36 passes defensed three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Ohio vs. Appalachian State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.

December 19. 5:30 p.m. on ESPN

Justin Ellis

Played four seasons at Louisiana State, starting 37 games in the process. Ellis earned All- Conference USA honorable mentions as a senior.

Arkansas State vs. Louisiana State

R L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans.

December 19. 9 p.m. on ESPN

Nate Allen

Started his final 39 games at South Florida, totaling 224 tackles (144 solo), nine INTs, one sack, five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Western Kentucky vs. South Florida

Miami Beach Bowl – Marlins Park, Miami.

December 21. 2:30 p.m. on ESPN

Donald Penn

Started 44-consecutive games at both tackle positions during his career at Utah State which tied for the most at Utah State since 1991.

Akron vs. Utah State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho.

December 22. 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

Rod Streater

Played two years at Temple after transferring from Alfred (N.Y.) State. He played in 25 career games with the Owls with 16 starts.

Toledo vs. Temple

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl – FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.

December 22. 7 p.m. on ESPN

Lee Smith

Smith played four seasons at Marshall, appearing in 48 games. He totaled 75 receptions for 791 yards.

Connecticut vs. Marshall

St. Petersburg Bowl – Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

December 26. 11 a.m. on ESPN

Jon Feliciano and Clive Walford


Feliciano: Played four seasons at Miami, appearing in 48 games. During his career as a Hurricane he was a three-time All-ACC honorable mention.

Walford: Played four years at Miami, making 35 starts, totaling 121 receptions for 1,753 yards.

Miami vs. Washington State

Hyundai Sun Bowl – Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas.

December 26. 11 a.m. on ESPN

Khalif Barnes and Marcel Reece

Barnes: Played four seasons at Washington, starting at both left and right tackle during his career.

Reece: Played two years as a wide receiver at Washington, totaling 48 career receptions for 980 yards and nine touchdowns.

Washington vs. Southern Miss

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl – Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas.

December 26. 2:20 p.m. on ESPN

Larry Asante and Roy Helu, Jr.

Asante: Started 36 games at Nebraska after transferring from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.\

Helu, Jr.: Played in 48 career games, making 28 starts, totaling 578 rushes for 3,404 yards (5.9 avg.) and 28 touchdowns.

UCLA vs. Nebraska

Foster Farms Bowl – Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

December 26. 9:15 p.m. on ESPN

Lorenzo Alexander

Attended Cal where he was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection.

California vs. Air Force

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Amon G. Carter Stadium, Ft. Worth, Texas.

December 29. 2 p.m. on ESPN

Michael Crabtree

Played two seasons at Texas Tech and finished his career as college football's most productive receiver over those two years. He also won two Fred Biletnikoff Awards.

LSU vs. Texas Tech

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas.

December 29. 9 p.m. on ESPN

Neiko Thorpe

Made 40 starts at Auburn and was part of the 2010 BCS National Championship team.

Auburn vs. Memphis

Birmingham Bowl – Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

December 30. Noon on ESPN

David Amerson

Started 35 games at North Carolina State, recording 18 INTs for 293 yards in returns and three touchdowns.

NC State vs. Mississippi State

Belk Bowl – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC.

December 30. 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

Taylor Mays and Malcolm Smith

Mays: Made 50 starts as a Trojan, registering 276 tackles, five INTs, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Smith: Played four seasons at USC, appearing in 47 career games, registering 174 tackles, two INTS, one sack and two touchdowns.

USC vs. Wisconsin

National Funding Holiday Bowl – Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

December 30 10:30 p.m. on ESPN

**DJ Hayden vs. Mario Edwards Jr. and Rodney Hudson

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Hayden: Played two years at Houston after transferring from Navarro Junior College in Corsciana, Texas.

Edwards Jr.: Played in 36 games at Florida State, and was named All-ACC First-Team by the coaches and media in 2014.

Hudson: Made 50 starts at Florida State, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors all four years.

Houston vs. Florida State

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

December 31. Noon on ESPN

Curtis Lofton and Stacy McGee

Lofton: Appeared in 38 games at Oklahoma, finishing his college career with 197 tackles, 16 stops for loss, one sack, three INTS, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.

McGee: Played four seasons at Oklahoma, seeing action in 34 games with 15 starts.

Oklahoma vs. Clemson

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl – Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

December 31. 4 p.m. on ESPN

Amari Cooper

Cooper: Finished his career as the Crimson Tide's most productive wide receiver in program history. Set school record with 228 receptions, 3,463 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns

Michigan State vs. Alabama

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

December 31. 8 p.m. on ESPN

Mychal Rivera and Dan Williams

Rivera: Played three years at Tennessee after transferring from the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Williams: Started 32 games at Tennessee, recording 160 tackles, seven sacks and 25 tackles for loss.

Northwestern vs. Tennessee

Outback Bowl – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

January 1. Noon on ESPN2

Charles Woodson vs. Leon Orr

Woodson: A three-year starter and letterman at the University of Michigan. Woodson was the first predominantly defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Orr: Played four years at Florida, seeing action in 39 games with 10 starts.

Michigan vs. Florida

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl – Orlando, Fla.

January 1. 1 p.m. on ABC

Matt McGloin

McGloin: Played four years at Penn State, completing 513-of-894 passes (57.4 percent) for 6,390 yards, 46 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 130.2.

Penn State vs. Georgia

TaxSlayer Bowl – EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

Jauary 2. Noon on ESPN

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