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2016 NFL Draft: Dec. 19 College Bowls Live Open Thread

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The college football bowl season gets started today.

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Well, we're getting bowl season started today. And while things are very, very light draft-wise until after Christmas, there's still plenty to look for.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl (2pm ET, ESPN)

Arizona (6-6) v. New Mexico (7-5)

The headline prospect here is Arizona LB Scooby Wright though his injury-marred 2015 might bring him back to Tucson for a final season. Redshirt sophomore QB Anu Solomon is a familiar face for Pac-12 fans, though he's part of a stacked 2018 QB class headlined by true sophomore Clemson QB DeShaun Watson. Rams fans might want to get a look at RS Jr. WR Cayleb Jones as well.

For New Mexico, it was more about jump out of the depths of the Mountain West for their best season in nearly a decade.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (3:30pm ET, ABC)

BYU (9-3) v. Utah (9-3)

HOLY WAR! This is a better game than should be offered today, but I'm not one to complain.

BYU's draft options are led by DE Bronson Kaufusi while Utah's are headlined by RB Devontae Booker. Sadly, I wouldn't be surprised if either are Jeff Fisher favorites. More rational would be Utah ILB Jared Norris as a mid- to late-round selection.

These are two young offenses, so this might be more memorable for future draft options than the 2016 NFL Draft.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (5:30pm ET, ESPN)

Ohio (8-4) v. Appalachian St. (10-2)

Not much draft-wise here, but keep an eye on Appalachian St. Head Coach Scott Satterfield has that program humming in just their second year in FBS football in the Sun Belt. With a recruiting pipeline from North Carolina all the way down to Florida, this could be one of those programs outside the Big Five we start looking to for annual NFL options. The real risk for the Mountaineers? If that offense keeps humming after averaging 37.2 points per game, Satterfield won't be around much longer.

Cure Bowl (7:00pm ET, CBSSN)

San Jose St. (5-7) v. Georgia St. (6-6)

Another game more about the programs than the draft options, this is SJSU's first bowl game since moving to the Mountain West in 2014. Georgia State, on the other hand, is in just their third year of FBS football. Following an 0-12 rookie season and a 1-11 2014, they're another program on the rise to keep note of.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (9:00pm ET, ESPN)

Arkansas St. (9-3) v. Louisiana Tech (8-4)

Two solid NFL prospects here in Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler and RB Kenneth Dixon...though that might be too risky for Rams fans to even risk consideration by viewing.

Arkansas State continues to remain above the fray after losing former head coaches Hugh Freeze to Ole Miss and Gus Malzahn to Auburn. Louisiana Tech, on the other hand, lost Sonny Dykes to Cal and is still humming with Skip Holtz atop the staff.

We've got seven bowls between now and Boxing Day when things really turn up, so enjoy these bottom-scrapers for what they are - an opportunity for these programs to show off as a whole and for some diamonds in the rough, today's and tomorrow's.