December 28, 2007|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Champs Sports Bowl

Michigan State (7-5) vs. Boston College (10-3)

Site -- Orlando, Fla.

Time -- 5 p.m.


Outlook -- Can the Eagles' defense, ranked first in the Bowl Subdivision against the run (68.1 yards allowed per game), stop the Spartans' rushing at tack of junior speedster Javon Ringer (1,346 yards, 6.0 yards per carry) and senior bruiser Jehuu Caulcrick (813 yards rushing, 21 rushing touch downs)? This will be the final college game for Boston College senior and reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Matt Ryan (4,258 passing yards, 28 touchdown passes). The Spartans will need to get pressure from senior DE Ervin Baldwin (7 1/2 sacks), especially because the team's top pass rusher, senior DE Jonal Saint-Dic (10 sacks), has been declared aca demically ineligible for this game.

Texas Bowl

Texas Christian (7-5) vs. Houston (8-4)

Site -- Houston

Time -- 8 p.m.

TV -- NFL Network

Outlook -- Houston looks to win its first bowl game since 1980 but will have to do so without the man re sponsible for much of the team's suc cess: Art Briles, who resigned last month to coach at Baylor. Texas Christian fell short of its expecta tions but won its past two games to become bowl eligible.

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