Campus Corner

Saturday’s college football bowl games

Updated: 2012-12-28T20:45:06Z

Armed Forces bowl

•  Who: Rice (6-6) vs. Air Force (6-6)

•  When/where: 10:45 a.m. in Fort Worth, Texas

•  TV: ESPN

•  Outlook: The Owls won their final four to become bowl eligible and Air Force lost three of its final four. The Falcons had a game with no pass attempts. Their offense is centered around running back Cody Getz, who rushed for 1,213 yards despite missing two games.

•  Prediction: Rice 20-17

Pinstripe Bowl

•  Who: West Virginia (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5)

•  When/where: 2:15 p.m. in New York

•  TV: ESPN

•  Outlook: Geno Smith’s final college game before he is perhaps the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft. Smith has thrown a BCS-best 40 touchdown passes this season, but he struggled against the Orange the past two years while they were Big East members. In two losses, Smith was sacked nine times with five interceptions and three touchdowns.

•  Prediction: West Virginia 49-39

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

•  Who: Navy (7-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5)

•  When/where: 3 p.m. in San Francisco

•  TV: ESPN2

•  Outlook: Will Sutton leads a strong Sun Devils defensive line against Navy’s triple option, which averages 275 rushing yards per game. Can Arizona State, excellent against the pass in coach Todd Graham’s first year, shift priorities?

•  Prediction: Arizona State 27-20

Alamo Bowl

•  Who: Texas (8-4) vs. Oregon State (9-3)

•  When/where: 5:45 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas

•  TV: ESPN

•  Outlook: If frame of mind figures into projecting bowls, the Beavers have the advantage. They reversed a 3-9 season, while the Longhorns turned in another un-Texas-like season. Since beating Nebraska for the 2009 Big 12 title, Texas is 21-16. Cody Vaz has been announced as Oregon State’s starting quarterback, and David Ash gets the call for the Longhorns, but don’t be surprised to see Sean Mannion for Oregon State and Case McCoy for Texas in the game.

•  Prediction: Texas 33-28

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Who: TCU (7-5) vs. Michigan State (6-6)

•  When/where: 9:15 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz.

•  TV: ESPN

•  Outlook: After the BCS title game, this the postseason contest that matches the best defensive teams. Michigan State surrendered 517 rushing yards to Nebraska and Ohio State. The Spartans’ other 10 opponents combined for 678 rushing yards. TCU defensive Devonte Fields led all freshmen with 17 1/2 tackles for loss. Both of these teams should be conference title challengers next season.

•  Prediction: TCU 21-17

| Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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