* No. 21 California (8-3) accepted an invitation to play in the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl, also in San Diego.
* Western Michigan (8-4) will play in the inaugural International Bowl in Toronto on Jan. 6 - the first bowl game outside the United States since the 1937 Bacardi Bowl in Havana.
* Central Michigan (8-4) will play in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26, becoming the first team from Michigan to play in the decade-old game set for Ford Field in Detroit.
* Tulsa (8-4) will play Utah (7-5) in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas.
* Rice (7-5) will make its first bowl appearance since 1961, playing in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 22.
* East Carolina (7-5) accepted a bid to play in the first PapaJohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 23.
* San Jose State (7-4) will play New Mexico (6-6) in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 23.
* Arizona State (7-5) will play No. 24 Hawaii (10-2) in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 in coach Dirk Koetter's last game with the Sun Devils. He was fired Sunday.
* Oregon State (8-4), the only team to beat USC this season, accepted a bid to play in the Dec. 29 Sun Bowl.
* Tulane fired coach Chris Scelfo after 8 years and only two winning seasons. Tulane went 4-8 this season and Scelfo's overall record was 37-57 with only one postseason bowl appearance, a 36-28 victory over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl in 2002 following a 7-5 season. *