Today's bowl games

December 28, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers


Illinois (6-6) vs. Baylor (7-5)

When: Today, 6 p.m.

Where: Houston


About Illinois (4-4 Big Ten): The Illini finished on a down-note, losing three out of its final four games but still managed to make the postseason for the first time since the 2007 Rose Bowl. RB Mikel LeShoure is second in the conference in rushing (1,513).

About Baylor (4-4 Big 12): After a 7-2 start, the Bears stumbled down the stretch losing its final three games. However, Baylor still secured its first postseason bowl berth since 1994. QB Robert Griffin has had a career year, totaling more than 3,600 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Watchability: 3 out of 5


Arizona (7-5) vs.

Oklahoma State (10-2)

When: Today, 9:15 p.m.

Where: San Antonio, Texas


About Arizona (4-5 Pac-10): It's tough to find a team riding less positive momentum heading into bowl season than Arizona. The Wildcats lost their final four games, including a 30-29 double overtime loss to rival Arizona State in the season finale. Arizona State (6-6) dominated the game early and Arizona nearly stole a comeback win late, but it couldn't complete the rally. Junior QB Nick Foles, a Michigan State transfer, leads the Wildcats' strong passing attack. Arizona ranks No. 9 nationally with 310 passing yards per contest.

About Oklahoma State (6-2 Big 12): The Cowboys rival Oregon in the battle for the most exciting and prolific college offense to watch this season. Oklahoma State leads the nation in total offense with 537.6 yards of total offense per game. Most of those yards, 354.7 to be exact, come through the air. Junior quarterback Brandon Weeden and sophomore receiver Justin Blackmon are a lethal combination for most defenses. Oklahoma State's defense couldn't match its prolific offense in key games this season. The Cowboys lost 51-41 to Nebraska and 47-41 to rival Oklahoma, costing them a trip to the Big 12 title game.

Watchability: 4 of 5

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