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College bowl previews for Monday: Music City, Sun, Liberty, Chick-fil-A

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Music City Bowl

Who: N.C. State (7-5, 4-4 ACC) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4, 5-3 SEC)

When/where: Noon; Nashville

TV: ESPN. Line: Vandy by 7½

Notable: The Commodores seek their first nine-win season since 1915. Vanderbilt has the nation's fifth-stingiest pass efficiency defense, allowing 175.8 yards with a secondary led by Andre Hal and Trey Wilson. The Wolfpack has one of the top QBs available in the NFL draft, 6-foot-6 Mike Glennon (295-of-511 for 3,648 yards, 30 TDs and 14 INTs.)

Sun Bowl

Who: Southern California (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7, 5-3 ACC)

When/where: 2; El Paso, Texas

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM

Line: USC by 7½

Notable: Trojans redshirt freshman QB Max Wittek, making his second career start for Matt Barkley (right shoulder sprain), has had extra time to prepare for the No. 53-ranked defense. The Yellow Jackets' Tevin Washington, the ACC's all-time leader in QB rushing TDs (37), has passed for 1,764 yards and seven TDs and rushed for 638 and 19 TDs. The Tech offense is No. 4 in the nation in rushing at 323 yards. Southern Cal is unranked after opening the season at No. 1. "We wanted to be in a better bowl game, but we decided our own fate, and this is where we're at," All-America WR Marqise Lee said. "Things happen to the greatest teams out there.''

Liberty Bowl

Who: Iowa State (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) vs. Tulsa (10-3, 7-1 C-USA)

When/where: 3:30; Memphis

TV/radio: ESPN; 1250-AM

Line: Iowa State by 1

Notable: The Cyclones beat the Golden Hurricane 38-23 in the season opener, but Tulsa believes it has come a long way since then. "We had to get our bumps and bruises over with,'' said LB DeAundre Brown, one of eight senior defensive starters. Iowa State's A.J. Klein, a first-team all-conference LB, has a team-high 98 tackles this season and has four career interception return TDs. Tulsa's Trey Watts, Ja'Terian Douglas and Alex Singleton have each run for at least 750 yards for the nation's 11th-ranked rushing offense.

Chick-fil-A Bowl

Who: LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC) vs. Clemson (10-2, 7-1 ACC)

When/where: 7:30; Atlanta, Ga.

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Line: LSU by 6

Notable: LB Kevin Minter, a second-team All-American who leads LSU with 111 tackles, will be a key to containing 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington and ACC player of the year Tajh Boyd's QB keepers. Clemson needs 25 points to break Florida State's ACC record of 532 points in 1995; Clemson has scored at least 37 in 10 of 12 games. "We want to be the most explosive offense in the country," Boyd said. LSU running backs have 271 carries without a fumble since two against Towson on Sept. 29.

College bowl previews for Monday: Music City, Sun, Liberty, Chick-fil-A 12/30/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 30, 2012 10:11pm]

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