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Kansas (6-5) vs. Houston (6-5).
When: Tonight, 8 (ESPN).
Where: Fort Worth.
At a glance: Maybe the schools should bring in their basketball teams at halftime to generate some excitement for a football matchup ''That Don't Impress Me Much," in the words of Shania Twain . . . Houston does have Kevin Kolb, who has thrown for more than 3,000 yards this season and is the Cougars' all-time yardage leader . . . The Jayhawks' defense is led by Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year linebacker Nick Reid. Is that enough to keep you interested? Probably not.
Prediction: Kansas 23, Houston 13.

Central Florida (8-4) vs. Nevada (8-3).
When: Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Where: Honolulu.
At a glance: Nevada can run the ball as well as anyone and B.J. Mitchell and Robert Hubbard will show that to UCF. But coach George O'Leary's Golden Knights have done a great job coming back from last year's 0-11 embarrassment . . . UCF's Steve Moffett had 19 touchdown passes against eight interceptions this season. Against Nevada's defense, which has allowed nearly 33 points a game, that should be interesting.
Prediction: UCF 45, Nevada 31.

Memphis (6-5) vs. Akron (7-5).
When: Monday, 4 p.m. (ESPN).
Where: Detroit.
At a glance: The game offers little on the surface. But check out Memphis's DeAngelo Williams, who picked up 1,726 yards and 15 TDs and may be the best running back outside of Reggie Bush. It should be the Tigers' show unless Akron QB Luke Getsy and WR Domenik Hixon win the game of pass and catch.
Prediction: Memphis 31, Akron 17.

Colorado (7-5) vs. Clemson (7-4).
When: Tuesday, 5 p.m. (ESPN).
Where: Orlando, Fla.
At a glance: Boston College should be here instead of Boise, Idaho. But in the Clemson-BC ticket sales matchup, it's a rout for the Tigers -- the opposite of what happened on the field . . . Anyway, Clemson will bring fans and QB Charlie Whitehurst, who is coming off shoulder surgery earlier this month . . . Colorado is coming off two games in which it was outscored by a combined 100-6 in losses to Nebraska and Texas. Those results cost coach Gary Barnett his job and got Boise State coach Dan Hawkins the job at CU.
Prediction: Clemson 23, Colorado 12.

Rutgers (7-4) vs. Arizona State (6-5).
When: Tuesday, 8:30 (ESPN).
Where: Phoenix.
At a glance: The last time Rutgers played in a bowl was 1978, the defunct Garden State Bowl . . . The Sun Devils, even banged up, are bigger, quicker, and better than the Scarlet Knights. ASU QB Rudy Carpenter has filled in nicely for the injured Sam Keller and that should be enough to handle Rutgers, which boasts 1,000-yard freshman running back Ray Rice.
Prediction: Arizona State 48, Rutgers 28.

BC (8-3) vs Boise State (9-3).
When: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Where: Boise, Idaho.
At a glance: Boise State is at home, where it has won 31 straight . . . The Broncos have a lame-duck coach with Dan Hawkins headed to Colorado. They also have Jason Zabransky, who threw 17 TD passes this season -- and 14 interceptions . . . BC has a massive offensive line, a solid quarterback in Matt Ryan, and a powerful defense led by Mathias Kiwanuka . . . A hostile field won't be a factor; the Eagles have dealt with that before. The cold won't be a factor; the Eagles also have dealt with that. Motivation? That could be a problem. It's all on coach Tom O'Brien.
Prediction: BC 17, Boise 14.

Michigan (7-4) vs. Nebraska (7-4).
When: Wednesday, 8 p.m. (ESPN).
Where: San Antonio.
At a glance: Two programs used to playing in Bowl Championship Series games have to settle for a showdown in San Antonio . . . Michigan is the better team. Maybe much better if Wolverines QB Chad Henne continues his hot run after a cold start. He will duel with Nebraska's Zac Taylor, who threw for more than 600 yards and four TDs in the Huskers' last two games. Maybe Husker coach Bill Callahan's West Coast offense has finally reached Lincoln.
Prediction: Michigan 34, Nebraska 21.

Georgia Tech (7-4) vs. Utah (6-5).
When: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Where: San Francisco.
At a glance: The Yellow Jackets had hoped to play closer to home, at Nashville's Music City Bowl, for instance . . . Utah, a year after playing in the Fiesta Bowl, is happy to be anywhere after posting a mediocre record . . . Tech is better on defense . . . The Yellow Jackets found a way to contain Auburn and Miami. They will find a way to contain Utah QB Brett Ratliff and wide receiver Calvin Johnson . . . Tech has QB Reggie Ball and WR Calvin Johnson; that should be enough.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 17, Utah 10.

Oregon (10-1) vs. Oklahoma (7-4).
When: Thursday, 8 p.m. (ESPN).
Where: San Diego.
At a glance: This is potentially one of the best bowl matchups . . . Oregon felt it should be playing in the Fiesta Bowl in place of Notre Dame or Ohio State. The Ducks have something to prove and could take it out on the Sooners . . . Ducks sophomore QB Dennis Dixon has talent but he is still learning . . . Oklahoma stumbled early, but got healthy when RB Adrian Peterson got healthy.
Prediction: Oregon 36, Oklahoma 31.

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