The line: Florida State by 3
The pick: Notre Dame 27-23
Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5)
Where: San Antonio
When: Dec. 29, 9 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: This almost certainly will be the final college game for Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, who heads an explosive Baylor offense. Washington also is good offensively, and both defenses ... well, to put it succinctly, both defenses reek.
The line: Baylor by 9
The pick: Baylor 45-31
BYU (9-3) vs. Tulsa (8-4)
When: Dec. 30, noon/ESPN
The buzz: BYU has won eight of its past nine, but only one of the Cougars' victims is in a bowl. Tulsa's four losses have come to teams with a combined six losses. But only two teams the Golden Hurricane beat are in the postseason.
The line: BYU by 3
The pick: Tulsa 30-27
Iowa State (6-6) vs. Rutgers (8-4)
Where: New York
When: Dec. 30, 3:20 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: Rutgers wins with defense, and its offense is mediocre. The flipside: Iowa State's offense is solid but its defense isn't much. Will Yankee Stadium ever be the same?
The line: Rutgers by 1.5
The pick: Rutgers 24-20
Mississippi State (6-6) vs. Wake Forest (6-6)
When: Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: A middling team from the ACC meets a middling team from the SEC. The good news: This is on a Friday night, and LP Field is a short walk (or at least a short cab ride) from a lot of good Nashville music spots.
The line: Mississippi State by 7
The pick: Mississippi State 24-10
Iowa (7-5) vs. Oklahoma (9-3)
Where: Tempe, Ariz.
When: Dec. 30, 10 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: There is some pressure on Oklahoma in this one; the Sooners began the season ranked No. 1, and a loss could mean finishing outside the top 25. Of note: Sooners WR Ryan Broyles was lost for the season in the ninth game and QB Landry Jones hasn't thrown a TD pass since Broyles was injured.
The line: Oklahoma by 14
The pick: Oklahoma 31-24
Northwestern (6-6) vs. Texas A&M (6-6)
When: Dec. 31, noon/ESPN
The buzz: A&M is the most disappointing team in the nation, and winning this won't change things. One viewing tip: If A&M takes a big halftime lead, keep watching, as the Aggies likely will cough it up.
The line: Texas A&M by 9.5
The pick: Texas A&M 40-28
Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5)
Where: El Paso, Texas
When: Dec. 31, 2 p.m./CBS
The buzz: $5 says this will be the only bowl that lasts less than three hours. Neither team can throw it, so expect a ton of runs and a quick game.
The line: Georgia Tech by 3.5
The pick: Georgia Tech 28-20
Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6)
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