Today's bowl games
Air Force (8-5, 6-2 Mountain West) vs. California (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12), 2 p.m., Fort Worth, Texas
Line/OU: California by 7; 68
Notable: The Falcons rank second nationally with 322 yards rushing per game and are the only team with six players with 100-yard games this season. Led by quarterback Jared Goff, the Bears are sixth nationally with 369 yards passing per game and are the only team with six players with at least 30 catches each. If Air Force chews up the clock with its running game, that's less time for Goff to air things out. California has lost five of seven games since a 5-0 start.
No. 10 North Carolina (11-2, 8-0 ACC) vs. No. 18 Baylor (9-3, 6-3 Big 12), 5:30 p.m., Orlando
Line/OU: North Carolina by 3; 69
Notable: This should be a slugfest between two of the nation's top-rated offenses. The Tar Heels led the nation in yards per play (7.33), followed by the Bears at 7.25. Baylor has Division I-A's top scoring offense, averaging 48 points. North Carolina is 11th at 40.9. The Tar Heels are one of 11 schools in the country averaging more than 200 yards rushing and 250 passing yards. Baylor's defense ranks eighth nationally in tackles for a loss (7.9 per game). UNC is looking to reach 12 wins for the first time in program history.
Nevada (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) vs. Colorado State (7-5, 5-3 Mountain West), 7:30 p.m., Tucson, Ariz.
Line/OU: Colorado State by 3; 56
Notable: The inaugural game is the first non-playoff bowl to have two teams from the same conference since the 1979 Orange Bowl with Nebraska and Oklahoma. Colorado State ended the season on a four-game winning streak to reach its third straight bowl. Nevada is in a bowl game for the 10th time in 11 seasons. The Wolf Pack finished top-30 nationally in rushing and was one of two teams to have two 1,000-yard rushers. The Rams were 107th nationally at stopping the run. On the flip side, Colorado State had three running backs eclipse 140 yards rushing this season.
No. 22 LSU (8-3, 5-3 SEC) vs. Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5 Big 12), 9 p.m., Houston
Line/OU: LSU by 7; 74
Notable: Texas Tech looks to extend its bowl winning streak to five games and get its first win over LSU. It will be just the third meeting between these schools and the first since 1957. The Tigers are in a bowl game for a school-record 16th straight year and look for a win after losing to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl last year. LSU RB Leonard Fournette is third in the nation with a school-record 1,741 yards rushing, and the Red Raiders are allowing 271.8 yards rushing a game, 125th in the country. Fournette's 158.3 yards rushing a game lead the nation, and the Tigers rank ninth in the country by piling up 245.9 yards rushing a game.