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Seven games today, Wednesday

By DENNIS MANOLOFF • Updated Dec 26, 2017 at 2:44 PM

CLEVELAND — The 2017-18 College Football Bowl season continues with seven games today and Wednesday. The list includes Utah vs. West Virginia in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl this afternoon; Kansas State vs. UCLA in the Cactus Bowl on tonight; and Arizona vs. Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night.

UCLA quarterback and high-end prospect Josh Rosen reportedly will not play.

Some maintain that there are too many bowls (this season: 41, including national championship game). I do not. I cannot get enough of college football, in general, and even nondescript bowls can produce notable accomplishments by individual and team.

For the second year in a row, I am going to pick bowl games against the spread — entertainment purposes only, of course. It better be EPO because, for as much as I love college football, I do not pretend to be an "expert." Leave that to the likes of Phil Steele. (Last year, I struggled. I rallied late but finished below .500.)

For me, college football is fun. Nothing but fun.

So far this season through 15 bowls this season: 5-9-1. It includes a current four-game losing streak.

Lines are from MGM Mirage via vegasinsider.com as of the afternoon before first game of group. All times Eastern/estimated kickoff:

TODAY

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

--Utah vs. West Virginia

--Dallas, Texas

--1:30 p.m., ESPN

--DMan's pick: Utah -6 1/2

Quick Lane Bowl

--Duke vs. Northern Illinois

--Detroit, Mich.

--5:15 p.m., ESPN

--DMan's pick: Duke -5 1/2

Cactus Bowl

--Kansas St. vs. UCLA

--Phoenix, Ariz.

--9 p.m., ESPN

--DMan's pick: Kansas State -3

WEDNESDAY 

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

--Southern Miss. vs. Florida St.

--Shreveport, La.

--1:30 p.m., ESPN

--Southern Miss +16 1/2

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

--Iowa vs. Boston College

--Bronx, N.Y.

--5:15 p.m., ESPN

--Boston College +3

Foster Farms Bowl

--Arizona vs. Purdue

--Santa Clara, Calif.

--8:30 p.m., FOX

--Arizona -3 1/2

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

--Texas vs. Missouri

--Houston, Texas

--9 p.m., ESPN

--Texas +2 1/2

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