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Who: SMU (6-6) vs. Fresno State (9-3).

Where: Honolulu.


When: Monday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

At a glance: Fresno State, which is going for its first 10-win season since 2001, has won its last five games by averaging 47.2 points . . . After a 25-year absence brought on by the NCAA death penalty, SMU is playing in a school-record fourth straight bowl game . . . The teams played one common opponent: Fresno State missed two extra points in losing, 27-26, at Tulsa; SMU won, 35-27, at home in its final game to become bowl eligible . . . Fresno State QB Derek Carr — brother of former NFL No. 1 overall pick, David — threw for 3,742 yards and 36 TDs against only five interceptions, and he will be going against a Mustangs team ranked No. 103 in pass defense . . . Mustangs RB Zach Line, second to Eric Dickerson in career rushing yards at SMU, has gone over 1,000 yards for the third straight year . . . SMU QB Garrett Gilbert began his college career by playing in the BCS championship game for Texas when Colt McCoy was injured after five plays against Alabama . . . Mustangs coach June Jones led Hawaii from 1999-2007.

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