2. Premier matchup in the Las Vegas Bowl
There are some similar storylines between Texas football and the Big 12 and the teams taking part in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 15. One of the nation’s best wide receivers is sitting out the Las Vegas Bowl. The talented wideout N’Keal Harry joins a growing list of college football stars skipping their respective bowl games. The Big 12 has a few players doing that too, as did Texas football in the Texas Bowl last year.
Moreover, the growing list of players skipping their games this bowl season includes West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel, and Michigan lineman Rashan Gary. Harry is just another name on that list. Him missing the Las Vegas Bowl shouldn’t take too much excitement away here, though.
Not only does the Las Vegas Bowl have some similarities with the headlines surrounding the Sugar Bowl and Texas football right now, it is the best teams set to matchup on the first day of bowl action. The Arizona State Sun Devils, out of the PAC-12, are set to battle the Mountain West Conference Champion and No. 21 ranked Fresno State Bulldogs.
Arizona State is always an entertaining team to watch, under famed head coach Herm Edwards. The question will be if quarterback Manny Wilkins and running back Eno Benjamin can keep pace with the high-powered Fresno State offense. Fresno State’s offense is led by the former Oregon State Beavers transfer Marcus McMaryion as he’s looking to blow away another program from the west coast.