When: Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m./ABC
The buzz: A tale of two schools. Cincinnati ties for the Big East title and gets sent to the Liberty Bowl, which doesn't make a lot of Bearcats happy. Vandy goes 2-6 in the SEC, good for fifth place in the SEC East, and gets sent to the Liberty Bowl – and the Commodores are ecstatic.
The line: Vandy by 2.5
The pick: Cincinnati 28-21
KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER
Illinois (6-6) vs. UCLA (6-7)
Where: San Francisco
When: Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: Can you feel the excitement and buzz surrounding this one? ... Hmmm, me neither. As far as we can tell, this is the first bowl ever where both coaches were fired beforehand.
The line: Illinois by 2.5
The pick: Illinois 21-16
Auburn (7-5) vs. Virginia (8-4)
When: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: In case you forgot, Auburn won the national title last season. That sure seems like a long time ago, doesn't it?
The line: Auburn by 1.5
The pick: Virginia 23-20
Houston (12-1) vs. Penn State (9-3)
When: Jan. 2, noon/ESPNU
The buzz: Houston was excruciatingly close to getting a BCS bid. This will be just the ninth Big Six opponent for record-setting Cougars QB Case Keenum. You can't blame Penn State players for wanting this season to be over. Will either team be focused?
The line: Houston by 5.5
The pick: Houston 31-28
Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2)
When: Jan. 2, 1 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: This is just South Carolina's second 10-win season ever, and the Gamecocks never have won 11 games. Both want to win with the run and a stout defense. Which defense breaks first?
The line: South Carolina by 2.5
The pick: South Carolina 24-20
Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio State (6-6)
When: Jan. 2, 1 p.m./ESPN2
The buzz: The Urban Meyer storyline likely overshadows what will occur on the field. Truth is, neither team is that good, and Ohio State comes in on a three-game losing streak.
The line: Florida by 2
The pick: Ohio State 20-16
Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan State (10-3)
When: Jan. 2, 1 p.m./ABC
The buzz: The SEC title-game loser vs. the Big Ten title-game loser, so there is going to be some crowing by the winning conference after this one. These teams met in the Capital One Bowl after the 2008 season, and the Bulldogs won 24-12.
The line: Georgia by 3.5
The pick: Georgia 24-17
Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2)
Where: Pasadena, Calif.
When: Jan. 2, 5 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: A lot of good storylines in this one, with the main one being Oregon's speed vs. Wisconsin's brawn. And which running back will be more productive: the Ducks' LaMichael James (1,646 yards and 19 total TDs) or the Badgers' Montee Ball (1,759 yards and 38 total TDs)?
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