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Las Vegas Bowl


California (7-4) vs. Brigham Young (6-5)


Time: 5 p.m. today, ESPN.


Surface: Artificial.


Line: California by 7 ½.


Payout per team: $750,000.


Bowl records: California 6-8-1, BYU 7-15-1.


Series: BYU leads 2-0 and won the last meeting 44-16 in 2001.


Analysis: The Golden Bears, who endured a 1-4 stretch that derailed a promising season in the Pac-10, hope to finish strong. The Cougars have regained their offensive form of years past with QB John Beck using a variety of weapons. Cal RBs Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett had 2,014 rushing yards between them.


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Poinsettia Bowl


Navy (7-4) vs. Colorado State (6-5)


Time: 7:30 p.m. today, ESPN2.


Surface: Grass.


Line: Navy by 2 ½.


Payout per team: $750,000.


Bowl records: Navy 5-5-1, Colorado State 4-6.


Series: First meeting.


Analysis: Rams QB Justin Holland hopes to give WR David Anderson a big game to conclude his productive career. But sending RB Kyle Bell repeatedly into the smaller Navy defensive line might be CSU’s biggest advantage. Navy’s ground game, tops in Division I-A, figures to produce vs. the Rams’ run defense. QB Lamar Owens and FB Adam Ballard will carry most often.


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