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Champs Sports

Who: North Carolina State (8-4) vs. West Virginia (9-3)

When/where: 6:30; Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando


Line: West Virginia by 21/2

Notable: When healthy, West Virginia RB Noel Devine and N.C. State QB Russell Wilson are two of the nation's most exciting players. This is Devine's last college performance, and it could mark the final football game of any kind for Wilson, a junior pondering a pro baseball career. … Both teams have prolific pass rushes. West Virginia ranks third in the nation with 3.33 sacks per game. N.C. State averages 3.25 sacks and 7.83 tackles for loss, fourth in both categories. … N.C. State could struggle on the ground. It averages 3.5 yards per carry and ranks 93rd with 125 per game. WVU ranks second in run defense: 2.7 yards per carry, 85.1 rushing yards. Mustafa Greene leads the Wolfpack with 584 yards.

Insight Bowl

Who: Iowa (7-5) vs. Missouri (10-2)

When/where: 10; Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.


Line: Missouri by 21/2

Notable: Missouri won its past three and Iowa lost its past three, but the Hawkeyes' three losses in November were by a combined 10 points, and all five losses were by seven or fewer. … Missouri leads the nation in red zone defense, allowing 13 touchdowns and four field goals on 31 penetrations. Iowa has converted 45 trips into the red zone into 30 touchdowns and 10 field goals. … Hawkeyes leading rusher Adam Robinson is suspended, leaving true freshman Marcus Coker as the likely starter.

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