New Mexico Bowl
Washington State vs. Colorado State
Records: Washington State 6-6, Colorado State 7-6
Time (TV): 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Of note: Washington State is making its first bowl appearance since 2003, while Colorado State is making its first since 2008. … The Cougars are averaging 29.8 points per game, while allowing 31.3. The Rams are averaging 35.3 points and allowing 28.6.
Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State vs. Southern California
Records: Fresno State 11-1, Southern California 9-4
Time (TV): 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Of note: Fresno State’s Derek Carr has thrown for 4,866 yards and 48 touchdowns. … Despite plenty of coaching drama throughout their season, the Trojans won six of their final eight games during the regular season.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Buffalo vs. San Diego State
Records: Buffalo 8-4, San Diego State 7-5
Time (TV): 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Of note: Two of Buffalo’s losses came to teams in BCS bowl games (Baylor and Ohio State). … San Diego State started the season 0-3 but bounced back with a 7-2 finish.
New Orleans Bowl
Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Records: Tulane 7-5, Louisiana-Lafayette 8-4
Time (TV): 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Of note: Tulane is playing in a bowl game for the first time in 11 years. … The Ragin’ Cajuns lost their first two games then won eight straight before losing their final two games.