TODAY'S BOWL GAMES
• Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5)
Time: 9 a.m. PST. Location: Nassau, Bahamas. TV: ESPN.
The buzz: The first bowl game played in the Bahamas is a rematch of the 2012 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl that Central Michigan won in a much less exotic venue. The Chippewas have won three of their past four games entering the bowl. The team leans on its stout defense, which ranks No. 32 nationally in points allowed per game (23.2). Linebacker Justin Cherocci, who earned first team All-Mid-American Conference honors, leads the team with 107 stops. Senior running back Thomas Rawls anchors the offense, delivering 1,103 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Western Kentucky enters the game on a four-game win streak, including a 67-66 overtime victory at Marshall that broke up the Thundering Herd's shot at an undefeated season. Senior quarterback Brandon Doughty is the prolific leader of the Hilltoppers' offense, passing for 4,344 yards and 44 touchdowns. The team ranks No. 3 nationally in passing yards per game (365) and sixth in points per game (44). The only problem for Western Kentucky is its defense ranks among the bottom 10 in the nation in points allowed per game (39.3).
• Hawaii Bowl
Fresno State (6-7) vs. Rice (7-5)
Time: 5 p.m. PST. Location: Honolulu. TV: ESPN.