Going bowling: Where state teams are headed, which matchups are coming to town

CURE BOWL

Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky

Dec. 16, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Georgia State: WR Penny Hart. The sophomore leads the Sun Belt with a school-record 73 receptions for 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns.

Western Kentucky: QB Mike White. The Senior Bowl invitee leads Conference USA in total offense (300.3 yards per game).

BOCA RATON BOWL

FAU vs. Akron

Dec. 19, 2017 | 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Akron: LB Ulysees Gilbert is a first-team all-Mid-American Conference selection who has recorded more than 120 tackles each of the last two seasons.

Florida Atlantic: RB Devin Singletary, 1,796 yards rushing, 6.5 yards per carry, 29 touchdown runs.

GASPARILLA BOWL

FIU vs. Temple

Dec. 21, 2017 | 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Florida International: QB Alex McGough, 2,791 yards passing, 17 touchdowns, eight interceptions

Temple: S Delvon Randall, 76 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, four interceptions

BIRMINGHAM BOWL

USF vs. Texas Tech

Dec. 23, 2017 | 12 p.m. ET on ESPN

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

TOP PLAYERS

South Florida: QB Quinton Flowers set school records with 605 total yards and 503 passing yards in a 49-42 loss to No. 10 UCF in the regular-season finale. Flowers’ 11,395 total yards is 46 yards shy of the league’s career mark set by Temple’s Philip Walker from 2013-16.

Texas Tech: QB Nic Shimonek has passed for 3,547 yards with 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

INDEPENDENCE BOWL

Florida State vs. Southern Miss

Dec. 27, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

TOP PLAYERS

Southern Miss: RB Ito Smith. The senior has run for 1,323 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He’s also caught 36 passes for 370 yards and two TDs.

Florida State: RB Cam Akers. The freshman leads Florida State with 930 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He’s averaging a little more than 5 yards per carry.

CAMPING WORLD BOWL

Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech

Dec. 28, 2017 | 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Oklahoma State: QB Mason Rudolph, 4,553 yards passing, 35 touchdowns. The Cowboys also have two 1,000-yard receivers in James Washington (69 catches, 1,423 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Marcell Ateman (54-1,049-8).

Virginia Tech: LB Tremaine Edmunds, 102 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles.

TAXSLAYER BOWL

Louisville vs. Mississippi State

Dec. 30, 2017 | 12 p.m. ET

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Mississippi St: RB Aeris Williams. The junior leads the team with 1,019 yards rushing. He has also caught 16 passes for 142 yards.

Louisville: QB Lamar Jackson. The defending Heisman Trophy probably won’t win it again this season, but is still having an awesome year. He has run for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns and thrown for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns.

ORANGE BOWL

Wisconsin vs. Miami

Dec. 30, 2017 | 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Miami: WR Braxton Berrios has 52 catches for 644 yards and nine touchdowns, handles punt returns and was the ACC’s top football scholar-athlete this season.

Wisconsin: RB Jonathan Taylor ranks No. 3 nationally at 142 rushing yards per game, and has broken off at least one run for 41 yards or more in eight of his 12 games this season.

OUTBACK BOWL

Michigan vs. South Carolina

Jan. 1, 2018 | 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Michigan: LB Devin Bush is the team’s leading tackler with 94. The sophomore’s 9.5 tackles for loss include 5.0 sacks. He also has an interception.

South Carolina: QB Jake Bentley is 12-7 as a starter and has completed 63.6 percent of his career passes, which is second in school history.

PEACH BOWL

Auburn vs. UCF

Jan. 1, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

BIG TURNAROUND: The Knights have gone from bowl wannabes to part of the New Year’s Six during Frost’s tenure. The second-year coach took over an 0-12 program and won six games his first year. This season, UCF has been one of college football’s biggest surprises.

SERIES EDGE: Auburn is 3-0 against UCF with all three wins coming between 1997 and 1999.

CITRUS BOWL

Notre Dame vs. LSU

Jan. 1, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET on ABC

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Notre Dame: RB Josh Adams is 13th nationally in rushing yards with 1,386 and is averaging 7.3 yards per carry. The junior has seven 100-yard games, including two where he went over 200 yards.

LSU: RB Derrius Guice is the fifth player in school history to have over 1,000 rushing yard and 10 rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons. The junior has 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns.