Bowl Games 2012: Complete Schedule and Teams for 2012-2013 Bowl Matchups

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IDecember 3, 2012

The good folks from the bowl selection committees have blessed us with the 2012-13 bowl schedule on BCS Sunday, and college football has yet again set the stage for a remarkable finish to the season.

Headlining the selections is No. 1 Notre Dame, playing in its first national championship in the BCS era behind a stellar defense and Heisman candidate Manti Te'o. Joining the Irish, Nick Saban and Alabama survived the SEC gauntlet and will try to make it an impressive seven straight titles for the conference.

We found out around 5 p.m. ET that the BCS bowls were set, and that Northern Illinois grabbed the Orange Bowl slot and forced Oklahoma out of the mix. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel had the scoop.

The rest of the BCS bowls will feature a myriad of top talent, including Florida State in the Orange Bowl and Stanford and Wisconsin facing off in a battle of top running backs featuring Stepfan Taylor and Montee Ball.

Check out the full schedule below to see where your favorite team landed, when and where to catch the game and a few notable matchups you won't want to miss.


Bowl Schedule

Notes: All times are ET and p.m. unless noted otherwise. All games (except for Sun Bowl and Cotton Bowl) can be streamed live at WatchESPN.

Bowl Team 1 Team 2 Stadium: Location Date: Time TV
New Mexico Nevada
Arizona University Stadium: Albuquerque, NM 12/15: 1:00  ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Toledo Utah State Bronco Stadium: Boise, ID 12/15: 4:30 ESPN
Poinsettia BYU San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA 12/20: 8:00 ESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's Ball State
UCF Tropicana Field: St. Petersburg, FL 12/21: 7:30 ESPN
New Orleans East Carolina
Louisiana-Lafayette Superdome: New Orleans, LA 12/22: Noon ESPN
Las Vegas Boise State
Washington Sam Boyd Stadium: Las Vegas, NV 12/22: 3:30 ESPN
Hawaii SMU Fresno State
Aloha Stadium: Honolulu, HI 12/24: 8:00 ESPN
Little Caesars Central Michigan
Western Kentucky
Ford Field: Detroit, MI 12/26: 7:30     ESPN
Military Bowling Green
San Jose State
RFK Stadium: Washington, DC 12/27: 3:00 ESPN
Belk Duke Cincinnati Bank of America Stadium: Charlotte, NC 12/27: 6:30 ESPN
Holiday Baylor UCLA Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA 12/27: 9:45 ESPN
Independence Ohio Lousisiana-Monroe Independence Stadium: Shreveport, LA 12/28: 2:00 ESPN
Russell Athletic Virginia Tech
Rutgers Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL 12/28: 5:30 ESPN
Meineke Car Care Minnesota
Texas Tech
Reliant Stadium: Houston, TX 12/28: 9:00 ESPN
Armed Forces Rice Air Force Amon G. Carter Stadium: Fort Worth, TX 12/29: 11:45 a.m. ESPN
Pinstripe Syracuse West Virginia
Yankee Stadium: Bronx, NY 12/29: 3:15 ESPN
Kraft Navy Arizona State
AT&T Park: San Francisco, CA 12/29: 4:00 ESPN2
Alamo Texas
Oregon State
Alamodome: San Antonio, TX 12/29: 6:45 ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings TCU Michigan State
Sun Devil Stadium: Tempe, AZ 12/29: 10:15 ESPN
Music City N.C. State
Vanderbilt LP Field: Nashville, TN 12/31: Noon ESPN
Sun Georgia Tech
USC Sun Bowl: El Paso, TX 12/31: 2:00 CBS
Liberty Tulsa Iowa State
Liberty Bowl: Memphis, TN 12/31: 3:30 ESPN
Chick-fil-A Clemson LSU Georgia Dome: Atlanta, GA 12/31: 7:30 ESPN
Gator Northwestern Mississippi State
Everbank Field: Jacksonville, FL 1/1: Noon ESPN2
Heart of Dallas Purdue Oklahoma State
Cotton Bowl: Dallas, TX 1/1: Noon ESPNU
Outback Michigan
South Carolina
Raymond James Stadium: Tampa, FL 1/1: 1:00 ESPN

Capital One

Georgia Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL 1/1: 1:00 ABC
Rose Stanford Wisconsin Rose Bowl: Pasadena, CA 1/1: 5:00 ESPN
Orange Florida State
Northern Illinois
Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL 1/1: 8:30 ESPN
Sugar Florida
Louisville Superdome: New Orleans, LA 1/2: 8:30 ESPN
Fiesta Kansas State
Oregon U. of Phoenix Stadium: Glendale, AZ 1/3: 8:30 ESPN
Cotton Oklahoma Texas A&M
Cowboys Stadium: Arlington, TX 1/4: 8:00 FOX
BBVA Compass Pittsburgh Ole Miss
Legion Field: Birmingham, AL 1/5: 1:00 ESPN Kent State
Arkansas State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium: Mobile, AL 1/6: 9:00 ESPN
BCS National Championship Notre Dame
Alabama Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL 1/7: 8:30 ESPN

*Note: BCS Games are in BOLD; information from was used in this report.


Notable Storylines

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama

The biggest game of the year features two of the country's most prestigious schools. Alabama proved against Georgia that it can run on almost any team in the country—but don't tell that to Notre Dame's run defense.


No. 15 Northern Illinois vs. No. 12 Florida State

Oklahoma got knocked out of the BCS due to Northern Illinois finishing high enough in the rankings to claim a top spot. Can Jordan Lynch and the Huskies make any dent in a Florida State defense that has been highly ranked all season?

It has an eerie feel to the 2010 Sugar Bowl, when Cincinnati lost Brian Kelly before getting trounced by Florida. Still, they play the game on the field, and not on paper. The Huskies will be the Cinderella team of this BCS group.


Louisiana Tech Turns Down Bid

According to Graham Watson, the Bulldogs will be sitting at home and won't have a chance to get to 10 wins because they decided against a game with rival ULM:

La. Tech has decided not to play in a bowl game this year because it didn't want to play rival school ULM in the Indy Bowl. Yes, seriously.

— Graham Watson (@YahooDrSaturday) December 2, 2012

What a shame for La. Tech fans, who experienced a season in which they almost knocked off Texas A&M and was amongst the national leaders in offense.


Cotton Bowl

It couldn't have set up better for college football fans, specifically ones of the Big 12. Only Texas would have made for a sweeter matchup in this one, as the Big 12 tries to prove that A&M is still of a lower class than its SEC counterparts.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team.


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