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Liberty Bowl Preview and Prediction: West Virginia vs. Texas A&M

The Mountaineers and Aggies meet in Memphis.
Liberty Bowl Preview and Prediction: West Virginia vs. Texas A&M

The scoreboard in Memphis should be active on Dec. 29 when West Virginia and Texas A&M meet in the Liberty Bowl. The Mountaineers and Aggies each average over 30 points per game, and there’s plenty of familiarity between the programs due to the coaching staffs. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen worked under Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin at Houston, and both programs run a variation of the Air Raid offense.

Independence Bowl Preview and Prediction: Miami vs. South Carolina

Winning season on the line for both in Shreveport
Independence Bowl Preview and Prediction: Miami Hurricanes vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Like many teams in the Independence Bowl, Miami and South Carolina don’t arrive in Shreveport with an abundance of enthusiasm.

 

Reaching this bowl game, more often than not, is the final stop in a season that didn’t go entirely as planned.

 

The Gamecocks and Hurricanes are in that position as they try to salvage one last bit of good news — not to mention a winning record — out of a lost season.

 

Military Bowl Preview and Prediction: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

Gunner Kiel and the Bearcats take on the Hokies’ tough defense in Annapolis
Military Bowl Preview and Prediction: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

On paper, the battle lines are clearly drawn when it comes to this season's Military Bowl matchup between Cincinnati and Virginia Tech. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., will serve as the backdrop for a game featuring the classic contrast in styles – the Bearcats’ potent offense vs. the Hokies’ stingy defense.

 

Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

Tim Beckman has Illinois in a bowl game for the first time since 2011
Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

A pair of surprising postseason participants will get the post-Christmas bowl action going when Illinois and Louisiana Tech meet up in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. After each program won just four games in 2013, neither the Fighting Illini nor the Bulldogs were picked by many to earn a bowl invite this fall. Now they have an opportunity to cap off successful seasons with a win in the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

 

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Preview and Prediction: NC State vs. UCF

NC State's Jacoby Brissett faces a tough test against UCF's third-ranked defense
St. Petersburg Bowl Preview and Prediction: NC State vs. UCF

Teams that were in drastically different positions a year ago will wrap up their seasons on the same field when NC State takes on UCF in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Less than a year removed from its Fiesta Bowl triumph, the Knights are looking for their fourth straight postseason win while the Wolf Pack are back in a bowl game a season after going winless in ACC play.

 

Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

North Carolina’s Marquise Williams is among the nation’s leaders in total offense
Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

Points should not be in short supply when Rutgers and North Carolina square off in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. Essentially a retooled version of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl with Power 5 conference tie-ins, Ford Field will feature a pair of defenses that combined are giving up more than 900 yards and nearly 70 points per game.

 

Bahamas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty leads the nation with 4,344 yards passing and 44 touchdowns
Bahamas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

The inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will reunite Central Michigan and Western Kentucky as postseason foes, but don’t expect either team to complain. From a destination standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Nassau in the Bahamas, even if the game takes place on Christmas Eve.

 

Camellia Bowl Preview and Prediction: Bowling Green vs. South Alabama

Joey Jones has South Alabama in its first-ever bowl game in just its second season as a full-fledged FBS program
Camellia Bowl Preview and Prediction: Bowling Green vs. South Alabama

The first-ever Raycom Media Camellia Bowl between Bowling Green and South Alabama also represents the first-ever postseason appearance for one of FBS’ newest programs. Played in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., this is the newest iteration of the Camellia Bowl, a postseason game whose ties go back to Louisiana and California.

 

College Football's Top 30 Games of 2014

Athlon ranks the most exciting and dramatic college games of the year.
College Football's Top 30 Games of 2014

Here are the 30 best, most entertaining, most dramatic and most important Power 5 football games of the 2014 season:

 

1. (2) Florida St 31, (5) Notre Dame 27

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