Screen plays Today's bowl games

TaxSlayer Bowl

Penn State vs. Georgia

11 a.m. from Jacksonville, Fla.; ESPN

Records: Penn State 7-5, 4-4 Big Ten; Georgia 9-3, 5-3 SEC

The skinny: The schools are meeting for the first time since the 1983 Sugar Bowl, a 27-23 Penn State victory that vaulted the Nittany Lions to the national championship. Penn State is trying to end a three-game losing streak in coach James Franklin's second season. QB Christian Hackenberg has started in every game of his college career and holds Nittany Lions records for passing yards (8,318) and touchdowns (48)..

The stat: Georgia is 1-3 in its past four games in Jacksonville, spanning the past 27 months.

The line: Georgia by 6 

Liberty Bowl

Kansas State vs. Arkansas

2:20 p.m. from Memphis; ESPN

Records: Kansas State 6-6, 3-6 Big 12; Arkansas 7-5, 5-3 SEC

The skinny: Arkansas is trying for its third consecutive bowl victory, which would be a school first, and is seeking its first eight-win season since 2011. Kansas State is trying to avoid its first losing season since Bill Snyder returned to coach the Wildcats in 2009.

The stat: Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has a school-record 63 career touchdown passes.

The line: Arkansas by 12


No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 11 TCU

5:45 p.m. from San Antonio, ESPN

Records: Oregon 9-3, 7-2 Pac-12; TCU 10-2, 7-2

The skinny: 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 won six in a row since a double-overtime loss to Washington State on Oct. 10. TCU, already without injured star receiver Josh Doctson, went from slight favorite to touchdown underdog after quarterback Trevone Boykin's arrest and subsequent suspension this week.

The stat: Aaron Green has 1,171 rushing yards, most by a TCU running back since LaDainian Tomlinson's 2,158 in 2000.

The line: Oregon by 7

Cactus Bowl

West Virginia vs. Arizona State

9:15 p.m. from Phoenix, ESPN

Records: West Virginia 7-5, 4-5 Big 12; Arizona State 6-6, 4-5 Pac-12

The skinny: Both programs failed to live up to lofty expectations this season and will try to head into the offseason on a positive note. West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson will try to break off big plays against a Sun Devils defense susceptible to them.

The stat: West Virginia is 2-11 all-time against Pac-12 opponents.

The line: West Virginia by 1