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Fearless Predictions: Saturday's games

International Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. South Florida (-7):
South Florida's defense, led by Jason Pierre-Paul and George Selvie, should dominate the Northern Illinois offense. South Florida dual-threat freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels will be going against a Northern Illinois defense ranked 26th nationally. But Daniels has shown flashes of being a big-time player this season. South Florida 27, Northern Illinois 17

Cotton Bowl
No. 19 Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi (-3):
Both teams had disappointing ends to their respective regular seasons. Overall, both teams were big disappoinments throughout the season. Mississippi has a little bit more offensive firepower in this game with Jevan Snead, the versatile Dexter McCluster and Shay Hodge, Remember, Mississippi blew out Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl last season. Mississippi 31, Oklahoma State 28 Bowl
Connecticut vs. South Carolina (-5):
Connecticut continues to play in honor of cornerback Jasper Howard, who was stabbed to death in October. Plus, the Huskies lost a bunch of close games this season. The Huskies will keep this game close throughout. But the Gamecocks are coming off a big win over Clemson, have a talented defense, and I like the way quarterback Stephen Garcia is playing. South Carolina 30, Connecticut 24

Liberty Bowl
East Carolina vs. Arkansas (-8):
East Carolina is coming off a nice win over Houston in the Conference USA title game. The Pirates could make this game interesting with quarterback Patrick Pinckney. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has thrown for 3,425 yards and 29 touchdowns. East Carolina was able to beat Houston and quarterback Case Keenum. The Pirates will do it again against another big-time quarterback. East Carolina 30, Arkansas 27

Alamo Bowl
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (-8):
Texas Tech will be without head coach Mike Leach, who was fired on Wednesday for alleged mistreatment of injured wide receiver Adam James. Michigan State will be without 14 suspended players. Even though Leach won't be on the sideline, Michigan State's defense was shredded by Penn State in its regular-season finale and that will likely happen again against Texas Tech's high-powered offense. Texas Tech 41, Michigan State 27

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