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December 31, 2004|By Orlando Sentinel

Music City Bowl

Alabama (6-5) vs. Minnesota (6-5)

Where: The Coliseum, Nashville, Tenn.

Time, TV: Noon, ESPN

Key stats: Minnesota is sixth in the nation in rushing (255.1 ypg). Alabama is second in total defense (235.9 ypg).

About Alabama: Alabama TB Kenneth Darby (stomach muscle) may not play.

About Minnesota: The Gophers have an excellent 1-2 punch at tailback in Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III.

The buzz: These teams combined to win 12 games, but only two came against teams that finished with winning records.

The line: Pick

The pick: Alabama, 20-17

Sun Bowl

No. 21 Arizona State (8-3) vs. Purdue (7-4)

Where: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

Time, TV: 2 p.m., chs. 13, 9

Key stats: Both teams throw the ball well (Purdue is fourth nationally in passing at 324.8 ypg, Arizona State fifth at 312.6 ypg).

About Arizona State: The Sun Devils will be without injured QB Andrew Walter.

About Purdue: The Boilermakers started 5-0 before struggling.

The buzz: This would have been one of the top three or four bowls had Walter played.

The line: Purdue by 7

The pick: Purdue, 30-21

Liberty Bowl

No. 10 Boise State (11-0) vs. No. 7 Louisville (10-1)

Where: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.

Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Key stats: These teams rank first and second in total offense and scoring offense.

About Boise State: The Broncos have scored at least 55 points in four consecutive games.

About Louisville: The Cardinals have scored at least 55 points in five straight games.

The buzz: Louisville coach Bobby Petrino's flirtations with LSU have removed some of the spotlight from this game.

The line: Louisville by 11

The pick: Louisville, 48-34

Peach Bowl

No. 20 Florida (7-4) vs. No. 14 Miami (8-3)

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Time, TV: 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Key stats: Florida is 21st nationally in total offense (428.8 ypg). Miami is 67th nationally in rushing defense (156.0 ypg).

About Florida: The Gators hope to be able to control the ball with TB Ciatrick Fason.

About Miami: QB Brock Berlin rallied Miami to a victory over Florida last season.

The buzz: Florida is amid a coaching change, and Miami players don't really want to be in this bowl game.

The line: Miami by 3 1/2

The pick: Miami, 27-21 - Orlando Sentinel

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