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2016 Holiday Bowl

Coverage of the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, December 27 at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California. This year’s matchup: WSU Cougars vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers. Game time: 4 p.m. Broadcast: ESPN.

2 minute drill: Keys to the Holiday Bowl

Don’t take your eyes off … Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is a scoring machine, and if he gets in the red zone he goes back for a second scoring helping as often then not. The sophomore has 15 touchdowns so far in 2016, all of them rushing the ball, and had five multi-touchdown games. Smith also contributed 1,084 rushing yards while averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

Cougars prepare to send off their seniors

Fans of Washington State football, aware that the 2016 season is approaching its inevitable conclusion, have taken to social media to express their sadness that the college football careers of Gabe Marks and WSU’s other seniors are about to end.

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner’s successes come with turnovers

Two years ago Alex Grinch left his job as the safeties coach at Missouri to coordinate the Washington State defense, trading the South and sundresses for the Pacific Northwest rains and the chance to turn around a unit that sorely needed help forcing turnovers.

Jacob Thorpe’s Pac-12 bowl picks

Money has been an issue for Pac-12 schools ever since the Pac-12 Networks and other TV deals turned out to be less golden goose than lemonade stand.

Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys says he risked job by backing players

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys says he knew he was risking his job last week when he expressed support for players who boycotted practices and threatened to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates who were suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren’t reinstated. Claeys says his players weren’t condoning sexual assault or harassment, but believed their suspended teammates were denied due process.

Blanchette: Holiday Bowl is on, 100 percent

Washington State’s football coach had it pegged all along –in the end, there wasn't going to be any boycott of the Holiday Bowl by the Minnesota players his Cougars will meet on Dec. 27 in San Diego. Or at least there was no point in working up a sweat over it.

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