Air Force defensive lineman Mosese Fifita (99) leads his teammates in the school song after the Falcons defeated Fresno State 43-24 on Oct. 12. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Air Force defensive lineman Mosese Fifita (99) leads his teammates in the school song after the Falcons defeated Fresno State 43-24 on Oct. 12. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Area college football players going bowling

A list of local players who are on the rosters of teams participating in bowl games.

The college football bowl season is upon us.

The first NCAA bowl games kick off Friday with the Bahamas Bowl and Frisco Bowl. In total, 78 teams are competing in 40 different bowls, concluding with the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 13.

There are 16 Snohomish County products, spread across six different teams, who are on the rosters of bowl participants. Here they are in capsule formula:

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (7-5)

Bowl: Las Vegas Bowl

Opponent: No. 18 Boise State (12-1)

Location: Las Vegas

Date: Dec. 21

Time: 4:30 p.m.

TV: ABC

Jacob Eason

High school: Lake Stevens

Position: Quarterback

Year: Junior

Role: In his first season eligible since transferring from Georgia, the former Gatorade National Football Player of the Year has started all 12 games for the Huskies, going 238-for-373 for 2,922 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. If he decides to declare for the NFL draft he’s expected to be an early-round pick.

Kyler Gordon

High school: Archbishop Murphy

Position: Defensive back

Year: Freshman

Role: Began the season as a starter at cornerback, making four starts before being switched to reserve duty at both cornerback and safety. He has 31 tackles and four pass breakups, and was also named UW’s most outstanding special teams player at the team’s postseason awards banquet.

Malik Braxton

High School: Meadowdale

Position: Running back

Year: Senior

Role: Saw action in all 12 of Washington’s games, primarily on special teams. He carried the ball twice for 43 yards in the Huskies’ season-opening 47-14 victory over Eastern Washington.

John Clark

High School: Marysville Getchell

Position: Defensive line

Year: Senior

Role: A former walk-on, Clark earned a scholarship last offseason and was set to be a regular in the the defensive line rotation until he suffered a knee injury during training camp that’s kept him out the entire season.

Ben Hines

High school: Archbishop Murphy

Position: Linebacker

Year: Freshman

Role: Has not appeared in a game this season.

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WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (6-6)

Bowl: Cheez-It Bowl

Opponent: Air Force (10-2)

Location: Phoenix

Date: Dec. 27

Time: 7:15 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Abraham Lucas

High school: Archbishop Murphy

Position: Right tackle

Year: Sophomore

Role: Has started all 12 games at right tackle and was named second-team All-Pac-12 for the second straight season. He is a candidate to declare for the NFL draft and could be a mid-round pick.

Josh Watson

High school: Cascade

Position: Right guard

Year: Junior

Role: Has started all 12 games at right guard, helping form an all-Everett right side of the Cougars’ offensive line with Lucas for the second straight year.

Joshua Erling

High school: Glacier Peak

Position: Defensive end

Year: Sophomore

Role: Has not appeared in a game this season.

Michael Van Beek

High school: Arlington

Position: Defensive line

Year: Freshman

Role: Has not appeared in a game this season.

Ricky Baker

High school: Monroe

Position: Linebacker

Year: Freshman

Role: Has not appeared in a game this season.

Ma’ake Fifita

High school: Glacier Peak

Position: Offensive line

Year: Freshman

Role: Reshirting in his first season at WSU.

Sky Stefonic

High school: Edmonds-Woodway/IMG Academy in Florida

Position: Linebacker

Year: Freshman

Role: Redshirting in his first season at WSU.

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AIR FORCE FALCONS (10-2)

Bowl: Cheez-It Bowl

Opponent: Washington State (6-6)

Location: Phoenix

Date: Dec. 27

Time: 7:15 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Mosese Fifita

High school: Glacier Peak

Position: Nose guard

Year: Senior

Role: A stout presence at the heart of the Falcons’ defensive line, he’s started all 12 games, recording 45 tackles to rank seventh on the team, and leading the team with five sacks. He was named first-team All-Mountain West, the only Air Force defensive player to earn first-team honors.

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LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS (9-3)

Bowl: Independence Bowl

Opponent: Miami (6-6)

Location: Shreveport, Louisiana

Date: Dec. 26

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Carter Habich

High school: Monroe

Position: Offensive line

Year: Sophomore

Role: Has played in two games in his first season after transferring from Arizona Western College.

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EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES (6-6)

Bowl: Quick Lane Bowl

Opponent: Pittsburgh (7-5)

Location: Detroit

Date: Dec. 26

Time: 5 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Zack Kadri

High school: Mountlake Terrace

Position: Offensive line

Year: Junior

Role: Has not appeared in a game this season after transferring from Reedley College.

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NEVADA WOLF PACK (7-5)

Bowl: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Opponent: Ohio (6-6)

Location: Boise, Idaho

Date: Jan. 3

Time: 12:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Spencer Pettit

High school: Glacier Peak

Position: Kicker

Year: Senior

Role: Has played in one game this season and was successful on his only extra-point attempt.

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