Today's bowl games

January 01, 1991

Gator Bowl

Michigan (9-3) vs. Mississippi (9-2) 11:30 a.m. ESPN

What to watch for: The Wolverines came into the season as the No. 1 team, but three losses in their first six games did in their national-title hopes. First year-coach Gary Moeller finished strong, but can he get his team up for the Rebels? Line: Michigan by 11 1/2 .

Hall of Fame Bowl

Illinois (8-3) vs. Clemson (9-2) 1 p.m. Chs. 2, 4

What to watch for: The Illini beat another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent on New Year's Day a year ago (Virginia in the Citrus Bowl). The key to the game will be if the Tigers' defense (71.7 yards a game given up on ground) can stop Illinois' running game (245.3). Line: Clemson by 3.

Citrus Bowl

Georgia Tech (10-0-1) vs. Nebraska (9-2) 1:30 p.m. Chs. 13, 7

What to watch for: The No. 2-ranked Yellow Jackets have a lot at stake, with a chance at the national championship in Colorado loses. Quarterback Shawn Jones seems to step up in the big games, and the Cornhuskers will be using a new quarterback. Line: Nebraska by 2.

Cotton Bowl

Texas (10-1) vs. Miami (9-2) 1:30 p.m. Chs. 11, 9

What to watch for: The third-ranked Longhorns are out to prove they are deserving of national championship consideration, and a big win over the fourth-ranked Hurricanes could leapfrog them over Georgia Tech should Colorado lose. The Hurricanes, led by quarterback Craig Erickson, need a miracle to repeat last year's championship. Line: Miami by 6.

Fiesta Bowl

Louisville (9-1-1) vs. Alabama (7-4) 4:30 p.m. Chs. 2, 4

What to watch for: Aside from the pickets still protesting the controversy surrounding this game, in regard to the voting down of a statewide Martin Luther King holiday, there is not much here to get excited about. Could be Howard Schnellenberger's swan song coaching the Cardinals. Line: Alabama by 9 1/2 .

Rose Bowl

Iowa (8-3) vs. Washington (9-2) 5 p.m. Chs. 13, 7

What to watch for: This might have been a big game, until the Hawkeyes lost two of their last three and the Huskies, with a shot at No. 1, lost to UCLA. The parade will have more impact than this game. Line: Washington by 9.

Orange Bowl

Notre Dame (9-2) vs. Colorado (10-1-1) 8 p.m. Chs. 2, 4

What to watch for: The top-ranked Buffaloes are looking to avenge last year's Orange Bowl defeat to the Irish. If they are successful, they should be No. 1. If not, Lou Holtz will be talking about how deserving Notre Dame is because of its schedule. This could be Holtz' last college football game too. Line: Even.

Sugar Bowl

Virginia (8-3) vs. Tennessee (8-2-2) 8:30 p.m. Chs. 13, 7

What to watch for: The return of quarterback Shawn Moore should help the struggling Cavaliers, who dropped three of their last four regular-season games. But Moore might be in for some problems, not only from the Volunteers, but from their unbelievably loud fans. Line: Tennessee by 4 1/2 .

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