College Sports



Who: Northern Illinois (7-5) vs. South Florida (7-5)

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto.

TV: ESPN2, Ch. 33

Story line: USF defensive ends George Selvie and Fort Scott Community College transfer Jason Pierre-Paul bear watching. Selvie went into the season as an All-America candidate, but Pierre-Paul has emerged as a big-play guy. Their speed will be tough for NIU to handle.

Players to watch: USF's Selvie and Pierre-Paul, NIU WR Landon Cox.

Best player gift: Electronics package


Who: UConn (7-5) vs. South Carolina (7-5)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

TV: ESPN, Ch. 32

Story line: UConn has been one of the nation's most inspirational teams, having overcome the death of CB Jasper Howard to rally to a bowl game. The Huskies lost their five games by an aggregate 15 points, and they won their last three contests to earn a bowl bid.

Players to watch: South Carolina LB Eric Norwood, UConn RB Jordan Todman

Best player gift: RCA hi-def mini-camcorder


Who: Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Mississippi (8-4)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

TV: ESPN, Ch. 32

Story line: Two teams that entered the season with visions of grandeur hope to end an otherwise disappointing season on a positive note. The loser may be college football's most disappointing team.

Players to watch: Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead, OSU RB Keith Toston

Best player gift: Cotton Bowl does not disclose gifts.


Who: Arkansas (7-5) vs. East Carolina (9-4)

When: 4:30 p.m.

Where: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.

TV: ESPN, Ch. 32

Story line: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett has a chance to put himself squarely in the preseason mix for the Heisman Trophy with a big performance. Then again, he is a third-year sophomore, so he could decide to turn pro after this game.

Players to watch: Arkansas QB Mallett, ECU FS Van Eskridge

Best player gift: 19-inch LCD/hi-def TV/computer monitor


Who: Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4)

When: 9 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Where: Alamodome, San Antonio.

TV: ESPN, Ch. 32

Story line: Just call this the "Train-Wreck Bowl." Michigan State has suspended eight players, including two key wide receivers, but Texas Tech has trumped that by firing coach Mike Leach.

Players to watch: Texas Tech DE Daniel Howard, Michigan State LB Greg Jones

Best player gift: Ipod Touch