Saturday’s bowl capsules

Mark Helfrich, Gary Patterson

Helmets from Oregon and TCU are displayed during a news conference for the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 10.

(Eric Gay / AP)

TaxSlayer Bowl

PENN STATE (7-5) vs. GEORGIA (9-3)

When: 9 a.m. PST (ESPN). Where: Jacksonville, Fla.

Line: Georgia by 6. Series: Penn State leads, 1-0.


Story line: Georgia is trying to extend its winning streak to five games and give incoming Coach Kirby Smart extra momentum as he finalizes his inaugural recruiting class. Penn State is trying to end a three-game losing streak in Coach James Franklin’s second season.

Liberty Bowl


When: 12:15 p.m. PST (ESPN). Where: Memphis, Tenn.


Line: Arkansas by 12 1/2. Series: Kansas State leads, 3-2.

Story line: Kansas State’s chances of pulling the upset depend on making sure the Razorbacks don’t run wild. Arkansas’ Alex Collins has rushed for 1,392 yards and 17 touchdowns behind a mammoth offensive line that has a major size advantage over Kansas State’s defensive front.

Alamo Bowl

No. 11 TEXAS CHRISTIAN (10-2) vs. No. 15 OREGON (9-3)

When: 3:45 p.m. PST (ESPN). Where: San Antonio.

Line: Oregon by 7. Series: Tied, 1-1.

Story line: A year after being the national runner-up, Oregon is trying to reach 10 wins for the eighth season in a row. The Ducks have a six-game winning streak since a double-overtime loss Oct. 10 to Washington State. TCU, playing without suspended quarterback Trevone Boykin and injured star receiver Josh Doctson, looks for its eighth bowl victory in 13 seasons. But the Frogs went from a slight favorite to a touchdown underdog after Boykin’s arrest in San Antonio early Thursday.

Cactus Bowl



When: 7:15 p.m. PST (ESPN). Where: Phoenix.

Line: West Virginia by 1 1/2. Series: Arizona State leads, 1-0.

Story line: Arizona State and West Virginia both failed to live up to lofty expectations, so this is a chance to end the season with a win and hopefully build some momentum into spring football. The Sun Devils, playing in a school-record fifth consecutive bowl game, have one of the nation’s most aggressive defenses but have also been susceptible to big plays, which could open a door for West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood.

Get our daily Sports Report newsletter