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EagleBank Bowl
Wake Forest 29 vs. Navy 19
When: Dec 20, 2008  Where: Washington, DC
Time: 11:00 AM EST  TV: ESPN
 It isn't often a college football team gets an opportunity to avenge a loss in the same season, but Wake Forest has been provided the chance to exact revenge with its date with Navy in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State 40 vs. Fresno State 35
When: Dec 20, 2008  Where: Albuquerque, NM
Time: 2:30 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 A majority of college football fans seem to think that a 6-6 record is not worthy of a bowl berth. Just try tempering the excitement of the Colorado State football team. The Rams earned their first bowl bid in four years, accepting an invitation…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



St. Petersburg Bowl
Memphis 14 vs. South Florida 41
When: Dec 20, 2008  Where: St. Petersburg, FL
Time: 4:30 PM EST  TV: ESPN2
 Memphis faces former Conference USA rival South Florida in the inaugural magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 20 at Tropicana Field, located a short distance from the Bulls' campus. The Tigers (6-6) are playing in the postseason for…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Las Vegas Bowl
(16) BYU 21 vs. Arizona 31
When: Dec 20, 2008  Where: Las Vegas, NV
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 It's hard to say what BYU thinks about trip No. 4 to the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl. Yes, the Cougars should have a lot of fans in tow -- just like the last three consecutive years. But after finishing 10-2 for a third consecutive regular season…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



New Orleans Bowl
Troy 27 vs. Southern Miss 30
When: Dec 21, 2008  Where: New Orleans, LA
Time: 8:15 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 The Trojans (8-4, 6-1) opened the season with a dominant 31-17 victory at Sun Belt foe Middle Tennessee. They secured their first outright conference championship by whipping Arkansas State 35-9 in the season finale…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Poinsettia Bowl
(11) TCU 17 vs. (9) Boise State 16
When: Dec 23, 2008  Where: San Diego, CA
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 Without a BCS bowl game to go to, TCU's getting the next best option: face undefeated Boise State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 23 at Qualcomm Stadium. Sure, it's not the most intriguing bowl on the list, but it's definitely the most intriguing matchup among the non-BCS bowl games…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii 21 vs. Notre Dame 49
When: Dec 24, 2008  Where: Honolulu, HI
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 The Warriors got quite the reward for fighting their way out of a 1-3 hole to start this season -- a date with Notre Dame at Aloha Stadium in the Hawaii Bowl. And since the Fighting Irish are 6-6, the Warriors have a good shot to post one of the highest-profile wins in school history. Hawaii had to scrap just to get into the postseason, where neither team has…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Motor City Bowl
Central Michigan 21 vs. Florida Atlantic 24
When: Dec 26, 2008  Where: Detroit, MI
Time: 7:30 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 Central Michigan coach Butch Jones is on the fast track to success. However, the second-year CMU coach found himself in awe recently at the press conference for the Motor City Bowl. Flanked by former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who is serving on the advisory board for the Motor City Bowl, and Florida Atlantic coach…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Meineke Car Care Bowl
West Virginia 31 vs. North Carolina 30
When: Dec 27, 2008  Where: Charlotte, NC
Time: 1:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 West Virginia's bowl date with North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl holds more meaning than one might imagine. The Mountaineers came into the season ranked No. 8 in the preseason polls and thinking of a national championship. By the time the final whistle blew on the regular season they…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Champs Sports Bowl
Florida State 42 vs. Wisconsin 13
When: Dec 27, 2008  Where: Orlando, FL
Time: 4:30 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 For a team coming off a miserable game in its regular-season finale, the Seminoles (8-4) and their fans seem energized about a bowl game two days after Christmas. People are buying tickets at a rapid pace for the Dec. 27 matchup against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl at Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Emerald Bowl
California 24 vs. Miami 17
When: Dec 27, 2008  Where: San Francisco, CA
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 If the Pac-10 coaches had waited to vote on the league's all-conference team, there might have been a different winner for Offensive Player of the Year. Cal sophomore Jahvid Best finished with a school-record 311 rushing yards in a 48-7 victory over Washington on Dec. 6. By then -- when several…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Independence Bowl
Louisiana Tech 17 vs. Northern Illinois 10
When: Dec 28, 2008  Where: Shreveport, LA
Time: 8:15 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 Louisiana Tech, in its first bowl game since 2001, is looking to take the next step in the growth of the program and is playing against one of those gritty MAC teams. Two good things have happened to Louisiana Tech since the last time the Bulldogs played a football game…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Papajohns.com Bowl
Rutgers 29 vs. North Carolina State 23
When: Dec 29, 2008  Where: Birmingham,AL
Time: 3:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 It's been a very strange year for Rutgers. A season that was expected to see the team contend for the Big East title began with big news stories in New Jersey about who would pay for the expansion of the Scarlet Knights' stadium. Now that the team is 7-5 and preparing for North Carolina State in…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Alamo Bowl
(23) Northwestern 23 vs. (21) Missouri 30
When: Dec 29, 2008  Where: San Antonio, TX
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 At Northwestern, where there's great pride in the 90%-plus graduation rate of its football players, not even an ominous Alamo Bowl task can take away from final exams. The Wildcats spent the second week of December taking tests and writing papers instead of focusing on Missouri, though they did meet on their own…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Humanitarian Bowl
Nevada 35 vs. Maryland 42
When: Dec 30, 2008  Where: Boise, ID
Time: 4:30 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 Nevada will play in its school-record fourth consecutive bowl game when it meets Maryland in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The Wolf Pack finished the season 7-5 with a road victory against Louisiana Tech to secure bowl eligibility, in what coach Chris Ault called a turning point for his program...The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Holiday Bowl
(17) Oregon 42 vs. (13) Oklahoma State 31
When: Dec 30, 2008  Where: San Diego, CA
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 You might want to get your calculator ready for the Holiday Bowl matchup with Oklahoma State in San Diego. These are two of the top offensive teams in the country, a pair of teams that love to put all kinds of points up on the board. Consider the following: Oregon has won nine games this season, scoring…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Texas Bowl
Western Michigan 14 vs. Rice 38
When: Dec 30, 2008  Where: Houston, TX
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: NFL Network
 Although it's not as exciting a match-up for Owls fans as Notre Dame, which was widely reported to be Texas Bowl-bound, the Broncos of the MAC should provide plenty of fireworks. Rice and Western Michigan averaged a combined 71 points and 895 yards of total offense per game this season…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Armed Forces Bowl
Houston 34 vs. Air Force 28
When: Dec 31, 2008  Where: Fort Worth, TX
Time: 12:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 The names on the uniforms might be the same, but there is plenty of new information to digest before Houston and Air Force meet for the second time this season. "We're a very different team from what we were earlier in the year," Cougars coach Kevin Sumlin told the Houston Chronicle, "and I assume they are…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Sun Bowl
Oregon State 3 vs. (20) Pittsburgh 0
When: Dec 31, 2008  Where: El Paso, TX
Time: 2:00 PM EST  TV: CBS
 The matchup with Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl sends OSU coach Mike Riley up against a longtime friend, if also a competitor, from the NFL. That would be Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, in his fourth season with the Panthers. Riley first met Wannstedt when the Pitt coach was the defensive coordinator of the Dallas…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Music City Bowl
Vanderbilt 16 vs. (24) Boston College 14
When: Dec 31, 2008  Where: Nashville, TN
Time: 3:30 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 As the Commodores began Music City Bowl preparations, they discovered their feeble offense will be getting reinforcements. The team's top rusher, Jared Hawkins, will return from a foot injury that kept him out of the regular-season finale at Wake Forest. Hawkins' presence will help against a Boston College run defense…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Insight Bowl
Minnesota 21 vs. Kansas 42
When: Dec 31, 2008  Where: Tempe, AZ
Time: 5:30 PM EST  TV: NFL Network
 Minnesota coach Tim Brewster insists he is not abandoning his spread. Instead, the Gophers are spreading around what else they can do offensively. The Gophers are using the practices leading up to the Dec. 31 Insight Bowl for a crash course in how to run the football again. New offensive line coach Tim Davis was…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Chick-Fil-A Bowl
LSU 38 vs. (14) Georgia Tech 3
When: Dec 31, 2008  Where: Atlanta, GA
Time: 7:30 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 LSU coach Les Miles is looking at changes for the 2009 season, but they are going to have to wait until after the Tigers' Chick-fil-A Bowl date with Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Dec. 31. "I'm not going to address other issues at this point," Miles said at a news conference a couple of days after the loss to Arkansas…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Outback Bowl
Iowa 31 vs. South Carolina 10
When: Jan 1, 2009  Where: Tampa Bay, FL
Time: 11:00 AM EST  TV: ESPN
 Shonn Greene spent last season moving furniture and paying his own way through community college, his penance for letting his grades slip and losing his scholarship at Iowa. Now he is the reigning Doak Walker Award winner, officially recognized as the nation's top tailback, even though he wasn't…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Capital One Bowl
(18) Michigan State 12 vs. (15) Georgia 24
When: Jan 1, 2009  Where: Orlando, FL
Time: 1:00 PM EST  TV: ABC
 Javon Ringer has rushed for 1,590 yards this season and was named a Doak Walker finalist, but his 42-yard day in the finale against Penn State has left him sour. Michigan State was playing for a share of the Big Ten championship, but was flattened by the Nittany Lions, 49-18…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Gator Bowl
Clemson 21 vs. Nebraska 26
When: Jan 1, 2009  Where: Jacksonville, FL
Time: 1:00 PM EST  TV: CBS
 It's not the bowl that Clemson envisioned and hoped for when the season began, yet the Tigers have to be happy with their trip to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl. When you are sitting one loss away from postseason elimination, as the Tigers (7-5, 4-4 ACC) were for the final three weeks of the regular season, you tend to…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Rose Bowl
(8) Penn State 24 vs. (5) USC 38
When: Jan 1, 2009  Where: Pasadena, CA
Time: 4:30 PM EST  TV: ABC
 College football's most decorated coach leads his team back to Pasadena for the first time in 14 years to meet college football's most successful program of the last decade. Penn State, the most balanced team in the Big Ten…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Orange Bowl
(19) Virginia Tech 20 vs. (12) Cincinnati 7
When: Jan 1, 2009  Where: Miami, FL
Time: 8:30 PM EST  TV: FOX
 Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer tweaked the Hokies' normal bowl-game practice routine this season in hopes of having his players sharper for their Orange Bowl clash with No. 12 Cincinnati on Jan. 1. Normally Beamer gives his players a week off before the start of bowl preparation, but this year he had them…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Cotton Bowl Classic
(25) Mississippi 47 vs. (7) Texas Tech 34
When: Jan 2, 2009  Where: Dallas, TX
Time: 2:00 PM EST  TV: FOX
 While Texas Tech was hoping for a lot more than the Cotton Bowl, Ole Miss couldn't be more thrilled. Coach Houston Nutt called the focus at practice "outstanding." It's not like he has to come up with any motivational speech. None of the Rebels has ever played in a bowl game…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Liberty Bowl
Kentucky 25 vs. East Carolina 19
When: Jan 2, 2009  Where: Memphis, TN
Time: 5:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 Kentucky, a middle-of-the-pack SEC team, is a small underdog to Conference USA champion East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. That's not surprising, considering the Wildcats likely will be without starting quarterback Randall Cobb. Cobb had knee surgery in early December and was still on crutches when the Wildcats opened bowl practice…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Sugar Bowl
(6) Utah 31 vs. (4) Alabama 17
When: Jan 2, 2009  Where: New Orleans, LA
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: FOX
 The task for the Utes as they prepare for Southeastern Conference stalwart Alabama in the Sugar Bowl is to show respect but not apprehension about playing in a Bowl Championship Series game. Utah (12-0) earned its second BCS bid in five years with its run to the Mountain West Conference championship…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



International Bowl
Buffalo 20 vs. Connecticut 38
When: Jan 3, 2009  Where: Toronto, Canada
Time: 12:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN2
 Both Connecticut and Buffalo are in the building-a-tradition phase of their program history, so this a case where both teams are jaded enough to not appreciate the opportunity to play in any bowl game at all. UConn is in a bowl game for the third time…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



Fiesta Bowl
(10) Ohio State 21 vs. (3) Texas 24
When: Jan 5, 2009  Where: Glendale, AZ
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: FOX
 It didn't take long for the desert to turn from Ohio State's paradise to a prison. The Buckeyes did four hours of hard time two years ago, during a 41-14 loss to Florida in the national championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Now they return for the first time since the collapse, when they entered the game as heavy favorites…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



GMAC Bowl
Tulsa 45 vs. (22) Ball State 13
When: Jan 6, 2009  Where: Mobile, AL
Time: 8:00 PM EST  TV: ESPN
 Going to the same bowl game for a second consecutive season hasn't dampened any of the enthusiasm for Tulsa's players, according to coach Todd Graham. The Golden Hurricane (10-2) face Ball State (12-1) in the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 6 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Both programs are coming off upset losses…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown



BCS National Championship
(2) Florida 24 vs. (1) Oklahoma 14
When: Jan 8, 2009  Where: Glendale, AZ
Time: 8:15 PM EST  TV: FOX
 When Oklahoma and Florida meet for the national championship Jan. 8 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, the angles abound. It could be last season's Heisman Trophy winner vs. this season's Heisman Trophy winner. It already is Bob Stoops past vs. Bob Stoops present. But…The Sports Xchange Bowl Breakdown








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