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New Orleans Bowl

Tulane (minus 2 1/2) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Why watch? A Montana playing quarterback in a bowl game. Tulane’s Nick Montana has been nursing a sore shoulder, but he is expected to be good to go against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Pick: TULANE 23-21.

MONDAY, DEC. 23

Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl

Ohio (plus 13 1/2) vs. East Carolina

Why watch? Ohio’s costumed Bobcat mascot, Rufus, has a history of unprovoked attacks, just ask Brutus Buckeye. East Carolina’s Pee Dee the Pirate should keep his sword ready.

Pick: EAST CAROLINA 41-24.

TUESDAY, DEC. 24

Hawaii Bowl

Oregon State (minus 3) vs. Boise State

Why watch? Boise State’s first game without Chris Petersen as coach since 2005 and the Broncos are trying to avoid their first season with at least five losses since 1998.

Pick: OREGON STATE 35-21.

THURSDAY, DEC. 26

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