Houston (6-5) vs. Kansas (6-5)
Time/site/TV: 5 p.m. today; Fort Worth, Texas; ESPN.
Line: Kansas by 3.
Payout per team: $750,000.
Bowl records: Houston 7-7-1, Kansas 3-6.
Series: Kansas leads 2-0; won last meeting 20-13 in 1995.
Analysis: The game’s key matchup might be the Cougars’ potent offense against a Kansas defense that ranks 19th in the nation. Houston QB Kevin Kolb has a big-play weapon in WR Vincent Marshall. But pressure from Jayhawks DE Charlton Keith could limit their connections.
Extra point: Both teams are making their second bowl appearance in three seasons.
Gannett News Service