No. 26 Gildan New Mexico Bowl – December 21st on ESPN at 11am PT
Oct 31, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday (12) throws a pass against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Second year Coach Mike Leach has led Washington State (6-6) back to post season play for the first time in a decade. The Cougs will be challenged by Colorado State (7-6) another football program cresting under the leadership of Coach Jim McElwain, who is also in his second year at the helm. WSU has a high powered passing attack that puts points on the scoreboard while filling up stat sheets. Coug QB Connor Halliday ranked fourth in the country passing for 4,187 yards. The Rams won’t be playing second fiddle when their offense has the ball. They are the only team in the nation who had a quarterback throw for over 3,000 yards and a running back tally 1,500 hashes. Running back Kapri Bibbs leads the nation in total touchdowns (28) and rushing touchdowns (28) and ranks sixth in rushing yards (1,572). This game promises to be a high scoring affair.
No. 25 AutoZone Liberty Bowl – December 31st on ESPN at 1pm PT
Nov 28, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott (15) advances the ball during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeat the Mississippi Rebels with a score of 17-10 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Mississippi State (6-6) battled their way into this game by defeating rival Ole Miss in their final game of the year. Their opponent, Rice (10-3) played solid football all season. The Owls have a very productive ground game which averages 240-yards a game. Defense has keep the Bulldogs in games all year long. Don’t be fooled by their record either. All six Mississippi State losses were to Top 25 teams including Alabama who they held to a season-low 20 points.
No. 24 Belk Bowl – December 28th on ESPN at 12:20pm PT
Nov 30, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) runs in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils defeated the Tar Heels 27-25 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati (9-3) returns to the Belk Bowl for the second consecutive year. The Bearcats played outstanding football over the second half of their schedule winning 6 of the final 7 games. You might say the same thing about North Carolina (6-6) who notched 5 wins over the course of their final 6. Expect the Bank of America Stadium to be packed with Tarheel faithful as Charlotte is just a short drive from Chapel Hill. The Bearcats defense ranks as one of the nation’s best, but didn’t face many top teams. Not the case for the Tarheels who come into this game battle tested in the ACC.