BIRMINGHAM BOWL

Florida vs. East Carolina

11 a.m., Birmingham, Ala., ESPN

Records: Florida 6-5,

East Carolina 8-4

The skinny: The Gators are trying to finish with a winning record after a midseason coaching change. Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has been the interim head coach since Nov. 22. Jim McElwain will take over the program next season. … East Carolina has a chance to win back-to-back bowl games for the first time since a three-game streak from 1963-65. … Two Florida running backs, Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor, average about 5 yards per carry and have combined for 1,382 yards. … Pirates QB Shane Carden leads the nation's third-best passing offense; he has thrown for 4,309 yards. His favorite target is Justin Hardy who has 110 catches for 1,334 yards and nine TDs.

The line: Florida by 7

ASSOCIATED PRESS