With the holiday season just about to wrap up, what better way to kick off a new year than to watch some great college football games? New Year’s Day is a great opportunity to spend some time with family and friends, to eat some great food (pork and sauerkraut anyone?), and to get a head start on scouting the incoming NFL class of 2019 rookies.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Iowa Hawkeyes
ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. EST
Mississippi State is coming into the Outback Bowl with an 8-4 record overall (4-4 in the SEC) in Joe Moorehead’s first season at the helm. Moorehead was previously the offensive coordinator at Penn State where he helped lead the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten Championship and appearances in the Rose and Fiesta bowls.
The Bulldogs have a couple of impact players on the defensive side of the ball in Jeffrey Simmons and Montez Sweat, but on the offensive side, NFL caliber talent is sparse. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is a very talented runner and has led the Bulldog’s scoring attack, but leaves a bit to be desired as a passer. He does have NFL size at 6’4” and 230 lbs, but has average arm strength and his accuracy is questionable, especially on deeper sideline throws. It’s possible a team could end up selecting him, but it will likely be as a late-round flier.