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December 27, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Champs Sports Bowl

Clemson (7-4) vs. Colorado (7-5)

Site -- Orlando, Fla.

Time -- 5 p.m.


Line -- Clemson by 10

Key stats: -- Colorado has been outscored 100-6 in its past two games. Clemson's four losses came by a combined 14 points.

Clemson -- The Tigers are solid on both sides of the ball. When healthy, freshman TB James Davis has given the offense a legit feature back, and senior WR Chansi Stuckey (62 catches, four TDs) enjoyed a breakout season. QB Charlie Whitehurst has battled an in jured shoulder.

Colorado -- Just call the Buffaloes "Team Turmoil." There's an interim coach. Starting OT Clint O'Neal has been suspended for sending a racist e-mail to another Colorado athlete. And starting QB Joel Klatt may miss the game with concussion-related problems.

The buzz -- If the Buffaloes have the right mind-set, this will be close. Until the late-season meltdown, the defense was a good one.

The pick -- Clemson, 21-10.

Insight Bowl

Arizona State (6-5) vs. Rutgers (7-4)

Site -- Phoenix

Time -- 8:30 p.m.


Line -- Arizona State by 10

Key stats -- Arizona State is fourth in total offense (504.6 ypg) but 114th in total defense (463.0 ypg).

Arizona State -- Even with the loss of starting QB Sam Keller (thumb), the Sun Devils' offense has remained a productive unit with new starter Rudy Carpenter (13 TDs, two interceptions). WR Derek Hagan is one of the nation's best (72 catches, 101.2 ypg). Rudy Bur gess and Keegan Herring give the Sun Devils a solid duo at tailback.

Rutgers -- This is the first bowl for the Scarlet Knights since 1978 (coinci dentally, against Arizona State in the old Garden State Bowl) and their sec ond overall.

The buzz -- Both should score a lot. Arizona State is playing about 15 miles from campus, and what should be a home-field advantage should be a big lift for the Sun Devils.

The pick -- Arizona State, 34-28.

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