MILITARY BOWL: SAN JOSE STATE VS. BOWLING GREEN
RECORDS: San Jose State 10-2, Bowling Green 8-4
KICKOFF: Noon, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
RADIO: 1590-AM, 1050-AM
SERIES HISTORY: This is the first meeting. San Jose State is 5-3 all-time in bowl games. Bowling Green is 4-5.
STORYLINE: This game marks the end of a brief era that started three years ago with the hiring of Mike MacIntyre, who left San Jose State for Colorado on Dec. 10. Many assistants are likely to follow, and new coach Ron Caragher officially takes over after the game. Caragher is expected to be in attendance. The Spartans are looking to secure their 11th win, which would be their most since 1940 and the most wins as a major college program in school history. A victory would also serve as a momentum boost into the offseason as a core of returners hope to continue the program's success under Caragher.
Bowling Green -- DB Darrell Hunter (ankle) is questionable, DB Devon McKoy (disciplinary), LB Tim Moore (undisclosed), RB Jamel Martin (knee), WR Jermal Hosley (knee), WR Heath Jackson (knee), DT Jairus Campbell (foot), DT Hunter Maynard (knee) are out.
San Jose State -- DT Anthony Larceval (illness), LB Hector Roach (eligibility), LB Derek Muaava (knee), OL Keith Bendixen (knee) and DT Joe Nigos (knee) are out.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: San Jose State's offense vs. Bowling Green's defense. The Falcons' defense is in the top 15 in all major categories but probably has seen few offenses as effective as the Spartans'. SJSU is 11th in the country in passing offense and is averaging 35.3 points per game. Bowling Green allowed more than 35 points only once. It should be a classic strength-against-strength battle that will likely determine the winner.
STATS THAT MATTER: Spartans quarterback David Fales is within striking distance of becoming San Jose State's first 4,000-yard passer. He needs 202 yards to reach that plateau. His season low this year was 217 in the opener against Stanford, and he's averaging 316.5 per game. ... Running back De'Leon Eskridge is on the brink of becoming the Spartans' first 1,000-yard rusher since Yonus Davis in 2006. Eskridge, who played in the 2008 and 2009 Insight Bowls with Minnesota, has 992 yards. When Davis topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2006, he also did so in a bowl game and finished with 1,007.
-- JIMMY DURKIN