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BCS Bowl Selection Show 2012: Date, Time, TV Info and More

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:   The Coaches' Trophy, awarded to head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 27, 2012

With Notre Dame all but a virtual lock to take on the winner of the Georgia-Alabama game for the national title, this year's BCS Bowl Selection Show will lack the ultimate drama and suspense, but there are still plenty of prime spots that are up for grabs. 

Let's get into the vitals before we break down some of the matchups I think will provide the most bang for the buck. These will actually be matchups that are feasible. 

So while Oregon-Alabama would be a more interesting national title game than Notre Dame and Alabama, I'm not going to blur the reality of the situation like that. 


When: December 2 at 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET 

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3


Matchups We'd Like to See


Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State vs. Oregon

Well, a few weeks ago, this matchup appeared to be the one that was going to be featured in the National Championship game. 

Now it is a prime candidate, and a good one, for the Fiesta. They will get the Big 12 champ, Kansas State, and they have an at-large bid, which would make sense to go to Oregon. 

This game would be a high-scoring shootout. Tons of big plays and yards and exciting athletes doing what they do best. 


Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Oklahoma 

Okay, so if Georgia beats Alabama, obviously this matchup is out of play, but I think the Crimson Tide will handle Georgia, and this is a solid consolation prize for the Bulldogs. 

I like Oklahoma for a spot in this game because the Sooners can score some points. They were stifled by the Notre Dame defense, but this Georgia defense, while very good, has not been performing at Notre Dame's level. 

This should leave the Sooners able to move the ball. This matchup would also allow Aaron Murray chances to flash his skill as the Sooners erratic defense can give up some big plays. 


Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Kent State

This matchup hinges on a few things. Florida State is a lock, as they will crush Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game. Further, the Orange Bowl is tied to the ACC champ. 

The other spot is up for grabs, and while it would typically, and may this year, go to the winner of the Big East, the Big East is awful. 

Rutgers and Louisville will be battling for the Big East championship, and neither of those teams are currently in the Top 25 of the BCS standings. 

For Kent State, who beat Rutgers by 12 this season, to be eligible, they have to be in the Top 16 of the BCS standings. They are currently No. 17, and there is a good chance they will cross that magical No. 16 ranking after this week's games. 

So instead of throwing a lame Big East team in here, I'd like to see a smaller school that has had an excellent year and see how they match up with a top team from a power conference. 

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