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2012 bowl game schedule: Beef 'O' Brady! Have we got weekend bowls for you

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Four bowl games are on tap for the weekend before Christmas, including one today at Tropicana Field that promises to be an offensive shootout.

Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

The bowl season gets rolling in earnest this weekend with four games scheduled, including a matchup tonight between the University of Central Florida Knights and Ball St. Cardinals in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field that has the looks of a barnburner.

The UCF offensive attack is led by super sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles and senior running back Latavius Murray, who've combined for 43 touchdowns on the season. UCF's 35.2 points per game are good enough for 27th in the country, but only 0.2 points more per game than the Ball St. Cardinals. Sophomore running back Jahwan Edwards has racked up 14 rushing touchdowns and an impressive 6.1 yards per carry for David Letterman's alma mater.

On Saturday, the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns take on the East Carolina Pirates in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, followed by a Western matchup involving the Washington Huskies and Boise St. Broncos in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Christmas Eve brings the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, featuring the Fresno St. Bulldogs and the SMU Mustangs.

Here's the full rundown:

Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Petersburg, FL: UCF vs. Ball St., 7:30 p.m., 12/21 (ESPN)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans, LA: East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, noon, 12/22 (ESPN)

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, NV: Washington vs. Boise St., 3:30 p.m., 12/22 (ESPN)

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, HI: Fresno St. vs. SMU, 8:00 p.m., 12/24 (ESPN)

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