Most important players in this week’s bowl games

5Nathan Rourke, QB, Ohio

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After losing at Stanford to begin 2018, San Diego State earned six straight wins. However, five were one-possession victories, and that proved unsustainable. SDSU’s defense couldn’t brace the team forever. Ohio’s season has an opposite summary. Nathan Rourke thrived after a slow start, accounting for 35 touchdowns and helping the Bobcats finish with the nation’s ninth-most efficient offense. SDSU doesn’t have the firepower to match Ohio in the Frisco Bowl unless the potential record-setting Rourke commits a few turnovers or uncharacteristically falters in the red zone.