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SATURDAY’S BOWL GAMES

December 23, 2018

Birmingham Bowl

Wake Forest (6-6) vs. Memphis (8-5), noon (ESPN). KEY MATCHUP: Memphis’ short-handed running game against Wake Forest’s defense. The Tigers rank second nationally in rushing offense but will be without unanimous All-American RB Darrell Henderson. Wake Forest is 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in run defense, allowing 191.3 yards per game and 29 touchdowns on the ground.

Armed Forces Bowl

Houston (8-4) vs. No. 22 Army (10-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN). WHAT’S AT STAKE: Army, which has an eight-game winning streak since its overtime loss at playoff team Oklahoma, can finish with 11 wins for the first time. The Black Knights have also won their last three bowl games, including last year’s Armed Forces Bowl. Houston, which will be without injured quarterback D’Eriq King and NFL draft-prepping defensive tackle Ed Oliver, has lost three of its four games since a 7-1 start.

Dollar General Bowl

Buffalo (10-3) vs. Troy (9-3), 7:05 p.m. (ESPN). WHAT’S AT STAKE: Troy is trying to win its fourth straight bowl game and get to 10 wins for the third straight season. Buffalo is trying to win a bowl game for the first time. This is Buffalo’s third bowl game — the Bulls lost to UConn in the 2009 International Bowl and to San Diego State in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Hawaii Bowl

Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs. Hawaii (8-5), 10:30 p.m. (ESPN). WHAT’S AT STAKE: The Warriors are seeking their seventh bowl victory in 12 appearances, including their eighth trip to the Hawaii Bowl. The Bulldogs are in a bowl game for the 11th time overall and looking for a fifth consecutive season with a bowl win.

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