Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2014 BOWL SEASON [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2014 BOWL SEASON [Derived Headline]

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A quick guide to today's games:

Military Bowl

Matchup: Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6).

When: 1 p.m., ESPN.

Where: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md.

Favorite: Cincinnati by 21/2; over/under 51

Cincinnati: American Athletic Conference co-champion seeks its eighth consecutive win overall. ... Topped the 30-point barrier nine times, twice reached 50 and own the Division I-A's 13th-ranked passing offense. ... QB Gunner Kiel completed 219 of 364 passes for 3,010 yards and 30 TDs with 11 INTs. He's the first player in school history to throw for at least four TDs in three consecutive games.

Virginia Tech: Seeks to extend its run of consecutive seasons with a winning record to 22 in its 22nd successive year in a bowl game. ... Limited foes to fewer than 20 points on three occasions and is ranked 14th against the pass. ... Coach Frank Beamer will work in upstairs coaching box while recovering from throat surgery. ... Is 6-15 all time in Maryland, including 27-24 loss to Bearcats in 2012 at FedExField.

Sun Bowl

Matchup: Arizona State (9-3) vs. Duke (9-3).

When: 2 p.m., KDKA.

Where: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas.

Favorite: Arizona State by 71/2; over/under 65.

Arizona State: Is making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance and third in a row under coach Todd Graham. ... Is 23-1 under Graham when leading at the half. ... QB Taylor Kelly is 141 of 244 passing for 1,874 yards and 20 TDs with just five interceptions. He has thrown a TD in every game but four in his career

Duke: Is looking for first bowl win since 1961 in third consecutive trip to one. Previous bowl win was 7-6 vs. Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. ... LB David Helton led the ACC in tackles for the second consecutive season, finishing with 125 this season. ... WR Jamison Crowder has 276 career catches and needs eight to break ACC record. He needs 58 yards receiving for third consecutive 1,000- yard season.

Independence Bowl

Matchup: South Carolina (6-6) vs. …

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