Bowl Game Prospect Viewing Guide: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Joe Malfa with a prospect preview for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, featuring Wyoming and Central Michigan

‘Tis the season for over 40 college bowl games sponsored by some very obscure companies to celebrate the mediocrity of 6-6 teams. Surely there is an angry old man somewhere waving his fist screaming about how “everyone gets a trophy” and “the Millennials are ruining everything.” At TOJ, we love bowl season. Maybe not for the games because watching Western Kentucky against Georgia State is not very appealing, but it gives us a chance to watch some teams that we did not get a chance to watch this season and evaluate some prospects who may not have been regularly exposed to us.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Wyoming

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Network: ESPN

Central Michigan’s prospect:

  • EDGE Joe Ostman

2017 stats: 55 tackles, 12 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Ostman does not have the length or thickness of a prototypical NFL defensive end, but his technique and violent hands receive a lot of praise. He led the nation with 1.2 sacks per game and finished third in total sacks with 12. A good performance in the East-West Shrine game and throughout the draft process could vault Ostman up some draft boards. I have him slotted as a 5th or 6th round pick for now, but don’t be surprised if he sneaks up into the 4th.

Wyoming’s prospect:

  • QB Josh Allen

2017 stats: 56.2% completion percentage, 1,658 yards, 13 TDs, 6 INTs, 6.6 YPA

Career stats: 56.1% completion percentage, 4,912 yards, 41 TDs, 21 INTs, 7.8 YPA

Allen was designated the next Carson Wentz after his sophomore season — an elite quarterback talent from a small school who would find his way into the top-five picks of the draft. The numbers were there in his sophomore season to back it up, as he completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Then the disastrous 2017 happened and many wrote him off as a bust. Which Josh Allen is the real Josh Allen? Only time will tell. I think the real Josh Allen falls somewhere between his big sophomore season and his abysmal junior season. He is more Blake Bortles than he is Christian Hackenberg or Carson Wentz. Enjoy one last look at him in a Wyoming uniform on that blue Boise State turf this afternoon, which will be covered in white based on the forecast. He will probably be the most scrutinized quarterback as we enter the draft process, and I still believe he will be a top-10 pick. That doesn’t mean I think he is a top-10 talent, but all it takes is one general manager falling in love with him. Hopefully that GM is not Mike Maccagnan.