Syracuse picks up its first watch list mention of the preseason, with Rob Trudo included for the Rimington Trophy.
Day 7 of bowl season stars players like Louisiana Tech's Vernon Butler, Wes Lunt of Illinois and Rutgers' Leonte Carroo. It features four power-conference teams, only one of which is favored.
With a week and a half until the opener, the coaches are putting the finishing touches on the two-deep.
Rob Crisp and Quinton Schooley were part of a crucial play Saturday, turning a Pete Thomas interception into a fumble that NC State recovered.