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Houston (6-5) vs. Kansas (6-5)

Time/site/TV: 5 p.m. today; Fort Worth, Texas; ESPN.

Surface: Grass.

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