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The pre-New Year’s Day bowl picks:

SATURDAY

New Mexico Bowl

UTEP (plus 11 1/2) vs. BYU

Cougars won five of final seven to get bowl eligible for sixth straight season. … BYU 35-14.

Humanitarian Bowl

Northern Illinois (minus 1) vs. Fresno State

Huskies were upset in MAC title game; Bulldogs tend to roll over on Boise State’s blue turf. … NIU 28-24.

New Orleans Bowl

Ohio (plus 2 1/2) vs. Troy

The first of three MAC-Sun Belt showdowns. … TROY 35-21.

TUESDAY, DEC. 21

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