>>Vikings Try To Clinch First-Round Bye Against Bears
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Bears try to stop the Vikings from locking up a first-round bye when they play the Vikings on Sunday at US Bank Stadium. The Bears beat the Browns 20-3 on Sunday. They’ve won two-of-three to improve to 5-and-10. Chicago lost the first meeting 20-17 at home in Week Five. Minnesota has won two straight and 10 of its last 11 since a 2-and-2 start.
>>Bulls Host Pacers
(Chicago, IL) — The Bulls go for a third straight win tonight against the Pacers at the United Center. Chicago is coming off victories over the Knicks and Bucks to send them to 12-and-22. They’ve won nine-of-11. Indiana is 19-and-16.
>>Canucks Rout Blackhawks
(Vancouver, British Columbia) — Sam Gagner and Thomas Vanek chipped in with two goals apiece to help the Canucks breeze to a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks at Rogers Arena. Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman each scored a goal for Chicago, which has dropped its last three. The Blackhawks fell to 17-14-and-5. They’re at the Oilers tonight.
>>Blues Visit Stars
(Dallas, TX) — The Blues will face the Stars tonight in Dallas in the third game of their five-game season series. St. Louis has dropped six of its last eight games to fall to 23-14-and-2 on the season. Dallas is fourth in the Central Division at 20-15-and-3 overall. The Blues are 2-and-0 against the Stars this season.
>>Illinois Faces Grand Canyon Tomorrow
(Champaign, IL) — Illinois hits the hardwood tomorrow when they play Grand Canyon at the State Farm Center. The Fighting Illini go into their final non-conference game of the season at 9-and-5 after beating Missouri by six this past weekend. Grand Canyon is 10-and-4 after beating Morgan State last night.
TCU Edges Stanford In Alamo Bowl
(San Antonio, TX) — Innis Gaines intercepted K.J. Costello with two minutes left and TCU held on to edge Stanford, 39-37, in the Alamo Bowl from San Antonio. Cole Bunce nailed the go-ahead field goal a minute earlier for the 11-and-3 Horned Frogs. Kenny Hill accounted for 374 total yards and three scores for TCU. Heisman runner-up Bryce Love ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford, including a 69-yard rushing score. Costello tossed three touchdowns and two picks as the Cardinal end the season at 9-and-5.
Michigan State Spanks Washington State At Holiday Bowl
(San Diego, CA) — Brian Lewerke tossed three touchdowns and L.J. Scott added two on the ground as Michigan State spanked Washington State, 42-17, at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Spartans racked up 440 yards of total offense and piled up 21 points in the second quarter to build a big lead. MSU ends the season at 10-and-3. Wazzu starting quarterback Luke Falk missed the game with a wrist injury and back-up Tyler Hilinski threw for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his place. The Cougars finish the year at 9-and-4.
Navy Blasts Virginia In Military Bowl
(Annapolis, MD) — Zach Abey rushed for five touchdowns as Navy blasted Virginia, 49-7, in the Military Bowl in Annapolis. The Midshipmen piled up 452 yards of total offense, with all of it coming on the ground. Abey attempted just one pass all game, and the Midshipmen got 114 yards and two scores from Malcolm Perry. Navy ends the year at 7-and-6. Virginia’s Joe Reed returned the opening kick 98 yards for touchdown, but the Cavaliers wouldn’t score another point as they fell to 6-and-7.
Oklahoma State Tops Virginia Tech In Camping World Bowl
(Orlando, FL) — Mason Rudolph tossed two touchdowns in the third quarter to help Oklahoma State top Virginia Tech, 30-21, in the Camping World Bowl from Orlando. Rudolph hit James Washington for a 65-yard score in put the Cowboys up by 13. Justice Hill ran for 120 yards and a score for Oklahoma State, which ends the year at 10-and-3. Josh Jackson threw a touchdown and rushed for two more to keep the Hokies in the game. Virginia Tech closes the season at 9-and-4.