College football bowl capsules

MUSIC CITY BOWL

 Who: North Carolina State (7-5) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4).

 Where: LP Field, Nashville.

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 When: Noon (ESPN).

 At a glance: Vanderbilt, on a six-game win streak, can notch program’s first nine-win season since 1915 . . . N.C. State can make up for a season that cost coach Tom O’Brien his job by winning its third straight bowl and sixth in seven trips . . . Offensive coordinator Dana Bible, a former assistant at Boston College (1999-2006) is the Wolfpack’s interim head coach . . . Vanderbilt features the nation’s fifth-stingiest pass efficiency defense and ranks 10th in the country by holding opponents to 175.8 yards per game . . . The Wolfpack’s Mike Glennon (295 for 511, 3,648 yards, 30 TDs, 14 INTs) is one of only three BCS quarterbacks to have all of his team’s yards passing this season . . . Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers — younger brother of Packers QB Aaron — was benched a year ago in a Liberty Bowl loss. He rallied for his senior season by completing 59.5 percent of his passes and averaged 221 yards per game with 13 TDs and only five picks.

SUN BOWL

 Who: Southern Cal (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7).

 Where: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas.

 When: 2 p.m. (CBS).

 At a glance: Georgia Tech, with a sub-.500 record, needed a special waiver from the NCAA to go to a bowl. With it, the Yellow Jackets became bowl eligible for the 16th consecutive season (the fourth-longest such streak in the country) — but they’ve lost their last seven postseason games, including a 30-27 overtime decision to Utah in last year’s Sun Bowl . . . USC will have to play without QB Matt Barkley (shoulder). Max Wittek will be making just his second start . . . USC WR Marqise Lee, the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and Biletnikoff Award winner, leads the nation in catches (95), is second in yards (1,764), and second in yards per game (147) . . . WR Robert Woods, who is USC’s all-time receptions leader, has 73 catches for 813 yards and 11 TDs . . . Georgia Tech’s Tevin Washington, the ACC’s all-time leader in QB rushing TDs (37), has passed for 1,764 yards and seven TDs and rushed for 638 yards and 19 TDs . . . Georgia Tech‘s offense is No. 4 in the nation in rushing at 323 yards per game . . . The teams’ last meeting was 1973, a 23-6 USC win.

LIBERTY BOWL

 Who: Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3).

 Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis.

 When: 3:30 p.m. (ESPN).

 At a glance: Tulsa is trying to avenge a 38-23 season-opening loss at Iowa State on Sept. 1 . . . The Golden Hurricane can match a school record by earning their 11th win of the season . . . QB Sam Richardson, who threw seven TD passes without an interception and rushed for 162 yards in Iowa State’s final two games, is expected to make his second career start . . . Tulsa’s defense set school records for sacks (48) and tackles for loss (104) . . . RBs Trey Watts, Ja’Terian Douglas, and Alex Singleton have each run for at least 750 yards in helping give Tulsa the nation’s 11th-ranked rushing offense . . . Iowa State is 21-1 during Paul Rhoads’s four-year tenure when it holds teams below 24 points; the Cyclones are just 3-25 under Rhoads when they give up at least 24 points.

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL

 Who: Louisiana State (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2).

 Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

 When: 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).

 At a glance: Clemson is trying to reach 11 wins for the first time since a 12-0 finish in its 1981 national championship season . . . Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins is second in the nation with 16 TD catches . . . LSU QB Tajh Boyd has 34 TD passes, tied with former N.C. State star Philip Rivers’s 2003 ACC record . . . LSU is 36-1 in nonconference games since 2005, with the one loss coming against Penn State in the 2010 Capital One Bowl . . . LSU running backs have a streak of 271 carries without a fumble since two against Towson on Sept. 29 . . . LSU is 9-1 in the Georgia Dome, including four wins in the SEC championship game and four wins in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

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