Bowl previews: Advocare V100, Sun, Liberty, Chick-fil-A

Advocare V100

Who: Arizona (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) vs. Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC)

When/where: 12:30; Shreveport, La.


Line: Arizona by 71/2

Notable: Two All-American RBs should play prominent roles: Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams for the Eagles, Ka'Deem Carey for the Wildcats. … Williams faces an Arizona D that has allowed an average of 187.1 rushing yards in the past nine games. … BC might have its hands full with QB B.J. Denker, who has thrown for 2,241 yards with 14 TDs and run for 898 yards and 12 scores. … Arizona lost three of four to end the season.


Who: No. 17 UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) vs. Virginia Tech (8-4, 5-3 ACC)

When/where: 2; El Paso, Texas

TV: Ch. 10

Line: UCLA by 71/2

Notable: Bruins QB Brett Hundley, a possible first-round pick should he enter the draft, leads the Pac-12 with a 67.8 completion percentage and has eight TDs vs. one INT over the past five games. … The Hokies lead the ACC in sacks (37) and rank in the nation's top 10 against the rush (103.8 ypg) and pass (168.5) and in interceptions (19). … Virginia Tech senior QB Logan Thomas has a school-record 24 career rushing TDs.


Who: Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) vs. Rice (10-3, 7-1 C-USA)

When/where: 4; Memphis, Tenn.

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Line: Mississippi State by 7

Notable: The Owls, seeking a program-best 11th win, are 16th nationally with 240.2 rushing yards per game, led by 1,252 yards from senior Charles Ross. … The Bulldogs sneaked into a bowl by winning their last two games. They allowed an average of 15.7 points in their final three after giving up 37.2 in their previous five.


Who: No. 24 Duke (10-3, 6-2 ACC) vs. No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4 SEC)

When/where: 8; Atlanta

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Line: Texas A&M by 121/2

Notable: The Blue Devils, who lost to FSU and Heisman winner Jameis Winston in the ACC Championship, now face 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel in what's likely to be his final college game. … Duke will rely on DEs Justin Foxx and Kenny Anunike to try to contain Manziel and suppress his ability to improvise. … The Aggies are sixth nationally with 43.6 ppg but 88th with 30.9 ppg allowed.

Bowl previews: Advocare V100, Sun, Liberty, Chick-fil-A 12/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 8:57pm]

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