By The Associated Press Modified: January 2, 2010 at 12:15 am •  Published: January 2, 2010
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South Carolina (7-5) vs. Connecticut (7-5)

→When: 1 p.m.

→Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

→TV: ESPN (Cox 29)

Line: South Carolina by 4.

→Series: First meeting.

→At stake: UConn can make a statement with its first victory over a Southeastern Conference team. The Huskies’ season has been touched by tragedy with the stabbing death of cornerback Jasper Howard in October. South Carolina hopes to carry the momentum from an upset of Clemson into this game at Legion Field. The Gamecocks are just 4-10 all-time in bowls and were humbled 31-10 by Iowa in last season’s Outback. Steve Spurrier is the first coach to lead them to four postseason games.

Liberty Bowl East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5)
→When: 4:30 p.m.

→Where: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.

→TV: ESPN, Cox 29)

→Line: Arkansas by 7 1/2

→Series: First meeting.

→At stake: Arkansas is in a bowl for the first time under coach Bobby Petrino and has made steady improvement this season, progress the Razorbacks would like to show off with a postseason victory. Arkansas is only 2-12 in its last 14 bowls, including a 38-7 loss to Missouri in the ‘08 Cotton Bowl. East Carolina returns to the Liberty Bowl after winning Conference USA for the second straight season. The Pirates came close to winning this game last year against Kentucky, losing 25-19.

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