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Today’s games

Tue., Jan. 1, 2013

Heart of Dallas

Oklahoma St. vs. Purdue

Records: Oklahoma State (7-5); Purdue (6-6)

Stars: 2 (out of 5)

Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas

Today: 9 a.m. (ESPNU)

Line: OSU by 17

Briefly: Along with North Carolina, Purdue qualified for a bowl and fired its coach. The situation isn’t as drastic at Oklahoma State, which held onto Mike Gundy but is looking for an offensive coordinator.

Swag: Backpacks, long-sleeve dry-fit shirts, stocking caps.


Miss. State vs. Northwestern

Records: Mississippi State (8-4); Northwestern (9-3)

Stars: 3 (out of 5)

Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

Today: 9 a.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Northwestern by 1 1/2

Briefly: The Wildcats are back in a bowl; that’s the good news for the Wildcats. The bad? The program, after winning the Rose Bowl in 1949, is riding a nine-game bowl losing streak. The Bulldogs’ four SEC victories came against teams that fired their coaches.

Swag: Fossil watch, Dome hat, Mercury garment bag and carry-on bag, Jostens ring, football.

Capital One

Georgia vs. Nebraska

Records: Georgia (11-2); Nebraska (10-3)

Stars: 3 (out of 5)

Where: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.

Today: 10 a.m. (ABC)

Line: Georgia by 9

Briefly: When we last saw the Bulldogs, they were losing a heartbreaker to Alabama in the SEC title game and Nebraska was getting its clock cleaned by Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray is 1-11 against ranked teams.

Swag: A $420 shopping trip to Best Buy, Fossil watch.


Michigan vs.

S. Carolina

Records: Michigan (8-4); South Carolina (10-2)

Stars: 3 (out of 5)

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Today: 10 a.m. (ESPN)

Line: SC by 5 1/2

Briefly: The Gamecocks know their way to Tampa. It’s their fourth appearance in this game since 2001. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney zeroes in on Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

Swag: A $150 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, ring, cap, Outback Steakhouse gift card.


Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Records: Stanford (11-2); Wisconsin (8-5)

Stars: 3 (out of 5)

Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

Today: 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Stanford by 6

Briefly: The granddaddy of ’em all wasn’t enough to keep Bret Bielema on the Wisconsin sideline. Wisconsin becomes the first five-loss team to play in the Rose, but the game gets a nice storyline with Barry Alvarez taking over for the event.

Swag: Gift suite where a player can choose a recliner or blender to make healthy food, plus a Fossil watch, an Oakley backpack and a New Era Thirty9 Thirty cap


N. Illinois vs. Florida State

Records: Northern Illinois (12-1); Florida State (11-2)

Stars: 3 (out of 5)

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Today: 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: FSU by 14

Briefly: Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch against the Seminoles’ defense should be fun. Will Florida State be motivated? It better be.

Swag: Gift suite and Tourneau watch.

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