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Thursday's Bowl Capsules

Birmingham Bowl

Who: No. 25 South Florida (10-2, AAC) vs. South Carolina (6-6, SEC)

Where: Birmingham, Ala.

Time/TV: 2 p.m., ESPN

Line: South Florida by 10.

Series record: South Carolina leads 1-0.

What's at stake: South Florida is trying to end its season with a school-record 11th victory. The Bulls lost coach Willie Taggart to Oregon earlier this month, but hired former Texas coach Charlie Strong to replace him. The Bulls' interim coach is T.J. Weist, who once held the same position at UConn. South Carolina is trying to win a bowl game in coach Will Muschamp's first season.

Key matchup: South Florida QB Quinton Flowers vs. South Carolina's defense. The Bulls' offense set all kinds of school records this season thanks to Flowers, who threw for 2,546 yards and 22 touchdowns and also ran for 1,425 yards and 15 touchdowns. South Carolina's defense has been very good at times this season and is giving up just 204 yards per game through the air.

Players to watch: South Florida: LB Auggie Sanchez. The 6-foot-2, 242-pound junior has made 228 tackles over the past two seasons. He has 8 1/2 tackles for a loss this season. South Carolina: QB Jake Bentley. The Gamecocks have a 4-2 record since the freshman took over mid-season. He's thrown for 1,030 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Belk Bowl

Who: No. 18 Virginia Tech (9-4, 6-2 ACC) vs. Arkansas (7-5, 3-5 SEC)

Where: Charlotte, N.C.

Time/TV: 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Line: Virginia Tech by 5.

Series record: First meeting.

What's at stake: The Hokies are looking for their fourth bowl victory in the last five seasons. A win would give them their first 10-win season since 2011 and make Justin Fuente the first Virginia Tech coach to win 10 games in his first season. Arkansas is looking to become the only SEC West program to win a bowl game in each of the last three straight seasons. The Razorbacks looking for their fourth win against a ranked opponent.

Key matchup: Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans vs. Arkansas LB Brooks Ellis. The dynamic Evans has already established school single-season records for yards passing, TD passes and total yards from scrimmage. But he can also run the ball, ranking 10th in the ACC at 58.4 yards per game along with 10 TDs. Ellis, a senior, is the rock of the Arkansas defense and is 15 tackles shy of 300 for his career.

Players to watch: Virginia Tech: WR Isaiah Ford had 12 catches for 227 yards and a TD in the Independence Bowl win vs. Tulsa last season. He is the only ACC player to hold sole possession of his school's record for receptions (204), yards receiving (2,911) and TD catches (24). Arkansas: RB Rawleigh Williams III has reached the 100-yard rushing plateau in a league-best seven games this season while his 1,326 yards rushing are the fifth-best single-season total in school history.

Alamo Bowl

Who: No. 13 Oklahoma State (9-3, Big 12) vs. No. 11 Colorado (10-3, Pac-12)

Where: San Antonio

Time/TV: 9 p.m., ESPN

Line: Colorado by 3.

Series record: Colorado leads 26-19-1.

What's at stake: Colorado wants to cap its best season in more than a decade — dubbed "The Rise" — with a win that would suggest a long-term turnaround under fourth-year coach Mike MacIntyre, AP coach of the year. For Oklahoma State, a Cowboys victory would be a boost for the Big 12, which could use one after getting shut out of the College Football Playoff for the second time in three seasons.

Key matchup: Colorado assistant coach Joe Tumpkin vs. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. Tumpkin has a tall task. Normally Colorado's safeties coach, he'll be calling the defensive plays against Gundy, an offensive mastermind. Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt left the program earlier this month to join the staff at Oregon, leaving Tumpkin to game plan against one of the best offenses in the country behind quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Players to watch: Oklahoma State: WR James Washington. The junior was an all-Big 12 selection with 1,209 yards and nine touchdowns on 62 receptions. Colorado: QB Sefo Liufau has started 39 games over his career and took plenty of beatings until the program finally found its footing. Along the way, Liufau has set 98 different school records, including 9,568 passing yards despite battling injuries the past two seasons.

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