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Thursday's college bowl previews

Today: Military Bowl

Who: Bowling Green (8-4) vs. San Jose State (10-2)

When/where: 3; Washington

TV: ESPN. Line: San Jose State by 7

Notable: Both teams have had quick turnarounds. In 2010 Bowling Green went 2-10, and San Jose State went 1-12. The Spartans' high-scoring offense (35.3 ppg) faces a stingy defense (15.8). San Jose State QB David Fales leads the nation in completion percentage (72.1) and ranks fourth with a 170.9 passer rating. He has 31 TDs and nine INTs. Falcons DT Chris Jones was the MAC defensive player of the year (12½ sacks, 19 tackles for loss).

Tonight: Belk Bowl

Who: Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Duke (6-6)

When/where: 6:30; Charlotte, N.C.

TV: ESPN. Line: Cincinnati by 7

Notable: Duke is playing in its first bowl game in 18 seasons. Blue Devils WR Conner Vernon, the ACC's all-time leader in receptions and yards receiving, has 75 receptions for 955 yards and seven TDs. Cincinnati RB George Winn has emerged as a playmaker this season, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 TDs. He goes against a porous run defense. In the past four games the Blue Devils have allowed averages of 51 points and 294.5 yards rushing.

Tonight: Holiday Bowl

Who: Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4)

When/where: 9:45; San Diego

TV: ESPN. Line: UCLA by 3

Notable: The self-titled "America's Most Exciting Bowl Game" might live up to that; the over-under is 81½. Baylor's offense, led by QB Nick Florence, is first nationally averaging 578.8 yards and fifth at 44.1 points. UCLA is explosive with RB Johnathan Franklin and QB Brett Hundley. Baylor rebounded from a four-game skid to win four of its last five, including a win over then-No. 2 Kansas State.

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Thursday's college bowl previews 12/26/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 8:21pm]
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