A look at college football bowl games for Tuesday, Dec. 26:
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Utah (6-6) vs. West Virginia (7-5), 10:30 a.m. TV: ESPN. Line: Utah by 6 1/2.
Utah needs a victory Tuesday to finish with a winning record for the fourth consecutive season.
West Virginia already has done that but wants to end a two-game losing streak that began when quarterback Will Grier – eighth in the FBS in passing yards per game – was lost with a broken middle finger on his passing hand during the first quarter against Texas.
Three Mountaineers receivers, including second-team All-America David Sills V, rank in the top 30 in receiving yardage. Sophomore Chris Chugunov took over for Grier and went 24 of 46 for 326 yards.
Quick Lane Bowl
Duke (6-6) vs. Northern Illinois (8-5), 2:15 p.m. TV: ESPN. Line: Duke by 5 1/2.
Northern Illinois might feel much at home at Ford Field. While they have never played in a bowl at the stadium, they have taken part in seven Mid-American Conference championship games in Detroit, including six straight between 2010-2015.
UCLA (6-6) vs. Kansas State (7-5), 6 p.m. TV: ESPN. Line: Kansas State by 6 1/2.
UCLA is playing its final game under interim coach Jedd Fisch before former Oregon and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly takes over the program. Kansas State is closing out its 26th season under Bill Snyder, who has not decided if he will return next season.
Sunday’s late game
Fresno State 33, Houston 27: Marcus McMaryion threw for a career-best 342 yards and Jimmy Camacho made four field goals to help the Bulldogs (10-4) defeat the Cougars (7-5) in the Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu.
The Bulldogs went 1-11 last year and became just the second team in FBS history to go from double-digit losses one season to double-digit wins the next.
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