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Bowl capsules: Ticket City, Capital One, Gator

Ticket City

Who: Northwestern (7-5) vs. Texas Tech (7-5)

When/where: noon; Cotton Bowl, Dallas

TV: ESPNU

Line: Texas Tech by 91/2

Notable: Northwestern hasn't won a bowl since its first, the January 1949 Rose. It has lost seven straight — the past two in overtime and all since 1996. Freshman Evan Watkins, starting for the injured Dan Persa, threw four interceptions in the Wildcats' last two games, during which they allowed 118 points in two losses. Texas Tech's Taylor Potts threw for a stadium-record 462 yards the last time he played at the Cotton Bowl, a 45-38 win over Baylor on Oct. 9.

Capital One

Who: No. 15 Alabama (9-3) vs. No. 7 Michigan State (11-1)

When/where: 1; Citrus Bowl, Orlando

TV/radio: ESPN; 1010-AM

Line: Alabama by 10

Notable: Michigan State shared the Big Ten title with Wisconsin and Ohio State but was left out of the BCS because it was the lowest in its standings. Alabama coach Nick Saban had stints at Michigan State as an assistant (1984-87) and coach (1995-99). Julio Jones leads the Tide with 75 catches for 1,084 yards. He likely will see a lot of one-on-one coverage with the Spartans crowding the line to stop running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.

Gator

Who: No. 21 Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Michigan (7-5)

When/where: 1:30; EverBank Field, Jacksonville

TV: ESPN2

Line: Mississippi State by 41/2

Notable: Mississippi State has turned the ball over 12 times in their four losses, eight times in their eight wins. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has been slowed by knee, shoulder and finger injuries this season but says he's healthy. He averaged 204 yards passing and 165 rushing as the Wolverines started 5-1 but 182 yards passing and 109 rushing as they finished 2-4.

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