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Capsules for Dec. 30 college football bowls

Armed Forces

Who: Army (6-6) vs. SMU (7-6)

When/where: noon; Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas

TV/radio: ESPN; 1040-AM

Line: SMU by 7

Notable: This bowl usually is in Forth Worth, but TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium is undergoing renovations, which forced the move to SMU's homefield. The Mustangs are the third bowl team to play at home this season. San Diego State beat Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl, but Hawaii lost to Tulsa in the Hawaii Bowl. Army is 10th nationally in rushing offense at 251.1 yards per game. SMU sophomore QB Kyle Padron has thrown for 3,526 yards, with 29 TDs. But the Mustangs are minus-9 in turnover margin, and the Black Knights are plus-13.


Who: Syracuse (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5)

When/where: 3:15; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: ESPN; 1040-AM

Line: Pick 'em

Notable: Syracuse has the worst total offense of any bowl team, ranking 106th of 120 Division I-A teams at 308.3 yards per game. The Orange scored only two offensive touchdowns in its final three regular-season games. Kansas State allowed its past six opponents to average 235.5 rushing yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry. The Wildcats were ranked 118th in the nation in run defense. Syracuse punter Rob Long, who had a malignant brain tumor removed this month, will be with the team but won't play.

Music City

Who: Tennessee (6-6) vs. North Carolina (7-5)

When/where: 6:30; LP Field, Nashville


Line: North Carolina by 1

Notable: These teams from neighboring states have met 31 times (Tennessee leads the series 20-10-1) but haven't faced each other in 49 years. Over the summer, Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton canceled a home-and-home series that would have taken place in 2011 and '12. North Carolina QB T.J. Yates has thrown for 3,143 yards and 18 touchdowns, but Tennessee's defense has 17 interceptions, 10 in November. Tennessee ranks 100th nationally in rushing at 119.6 yards per game in coach Derek Dooley's first year.


Who: No. 17 Nebraska (10-3) vs. Washington (6-6)

When/where: 10; Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

TV/radio: ESPN; 1040-AM

Line: Nebraska by 14

Notable: This is a rematch of Nebraska's 56-21 blowout of the Huskies Sept. 18 in Seattle. Washington won its last three to become bowl eligible. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez is a Southern California native. The redshirt freshman had five 100-yard rushing games. This is the final college game for Washington QB Jake Locker, who had a down season and faces a Nebraska defense that allows an average of 159.9 passing yards, seventh in the country., Times wires

Capsules for Dec. 30 college football bowls 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:05pm]
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