The first of three MAC-Sun Belt showdowns. ... TROY 35-21.
TUESDAY, DEC. 21
Louisville (minus 3) vs. Southern Mississippi
Nice first season for Cardinals coach Charlie Strong, but ... SOUTHERN MISS 37-28.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22
No. 20 Utah (plus 17½) vs. No. 10 Boise State
The all-business Broncos won't come to Las Vegas sulking. ... BOISE STATE 42-21.
THURSDAY, DEC. 23
San Diego State (minus 6) vs. Navy
Aztecs are home, have time to prepare for triple-option, but it's never easy vs. Middies. ... SDSU 30-28.
FRIDAY, DEC. 24
No. 24 Hawaii (minus 10½) vs. Tulsa
Golden Hurricane own 119th-ranked pass defense in nation. ... HAWAII 55-35.
SUNDAY, DEC. 26
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Toledo (minus 1½) vs. Florida International
Rockets score one for MAC over Sun Belters. Player to watch: Toledo WR Eric Page. ... TOLEDO 31-17.
MONDAY, DEC. 27
Georgia Tech (plus 3) vs. Air Force
Triple-option everywhere. Teams combine for 645 yards on ground per game. ... GEORGIA TECH 28-21.
TUESDAY, DEC. 28
Champs Sports Bowl
North Carolina State (plus 2½) vs. No. 22 West Virginia
Underrated QB matchup: Wolfpack's Russell Wilson vs. Mountaineers' Geno Smith. ... WVU 27-21.
No. 14 Missouri (minus 1½) vs. Iowa
Hawkeyes seem like team in turmoil. ... MISSOURI 24-14.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29
East Carolina (plus 7) vs. Maryland
Terps and WR Torrey Smith should feast on nation's worst defense. ... MARYLAND 42-28.
Baylor (minus 1½) vs. Illinois
Two teams that fizzled late. Bears had only one win against winning team. ... ILLINOIS 41-27.
Arizona (plus 5½) vs. No. 16 Oklahoma State
Last team with the ball wins? ... OKLAHOMA STATE 42-38.
THURSDAY, DEC. 30
Armed Forces Bowl
SMU (minus 8) vs. Army
Cadets pass defense has been solid, 24th in nation, but SMU out of their league. ... SMU 35-17.
Syracuse (pick) vs. Kansas State
Long-range forecast: High of 40 degrees, low of 28. ... SYRACUSE 24-21.
Music City Bowl
North Carolina (minus 2) vs. Tennessee
Vols psyched just to be playing; Tar Heels' season has been a mess. ... TENNESSEE 24-21.
No. 17 Nebraska (minus 14) vs. Washington
Remember when they played in regular season and Huskers ran wild? Same deal. ... NEBRASKA 42-21.
FRIDAY, DEC. 31
Clemson (minus 5) vs. South Florida
Talented but enigmatic Tigers trying to avoid losing season. ... CLEMSON 24-10.
Notre Dame (plus 4) vs. Miami
It's a long way from the glory days of the rivalry, but still a neat matchup. ... NOTRE DAME 24-17.
Georgia (minus 6½) vs. UCF
Knights won 10 games, one against a winning team (7-6 SMU). ... GEORGIA 27-17.
No. 19 South Carolina (minus 3) vs. No. 23 Florida State
Jimbo Fisher can put a topper on first season by beating former 'Noles nemesis Steve Spurrier. ... FSU 28-24.
Championship week: 9-2 (straight); 6-5 (vs. points).
Season: 193-59 (straight); 127-116-4 (vs. points).
Best bets: 6-4. Upset specials: 4-5.
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