College football's bowl picture is as clear as it's going to get before the matchups are finalized on Sunday night.
This season has had a little bit of everything.
Notre Dame, one of college football's most storied programs, will play for a national championship. Johnny Manziel could be the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. There's even a five-loss team heading to the BCS courtesy of bowl bans for Ohio State and Penn State.
It all culminates with a wonderful slate of bowl games for college football fans to enjoy. In the current college football climate, none of those bowl games is bigger than the BCS. Here's the latest buzz surrounding college football's most prestigious games.
Alabama and Notre Dame will meet in the BCS National Championship game. While both schools have tremendous tradition, Alabama center Barrett Jones (via Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune) reminds everyone that tradition won't determine the championship.
#Alabama C Barrett Jones: "It's not going to come down to who has a better tradition. It's going to come down to who plays the best game."— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) December 2, 2012
So much for SEC bias: ESPN's Darren Rovell conducted an early poll on Twitter asking fans if Notre Dame can beat Alabama—53 percent of 1,600 voters think they can.
Now at 1,600 votes. 53% of people think Notre Dame will beat Alabama poptip.com/darrenrovell/p…— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 2, 2012
ESPN Stats & Info gave us a handy infographic that illustrates the history between these two schools.
Notre Dame vs Alabama in the BCS National Championship game? Here's the history of those teams: twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/…— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 2, 2012
We can count on an Oregon vs. Kansas State matchup in the Fiesta Bowl, according to Jeff Metcalfe of AZCentral.com.
#Fiesta Bowl wrapped up: Oregon vs. Kansas State— jeffmetcalfe (@jeffmetcalfe) December 2, 2012
Former Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James got the trash talk started. He's not impressed by Kansas State.
Whoever plays Oregon in fiesta bowl will prob lose by a large margin I'm just saying k-state don't impress me at all ...— LaMichael James (@LaMichaelJames) December 2, 2012
The Sugar Bowl is where things could get interesting. Jake Trotter of ESPN reports Florida is expected to get the bid here, but Northern Illinois could knock out the Sooners thanks to Nebraska's loss to Wisconsin.
ESPNs Brad Edwards projects OU vs. Florida in Sugar Bowl, but cautions if Nebraska plummets in polls, N. Illinois could knock OU out— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 2, 2012
Stewart Mandel of SI.com points out one of the most interesting phenomena surrounding the BCS this season—the inclusion of a five-loss Wisconsin team.
8-5 Wisconsin is gonna go to a BCS game and 11-2 Georgia, which came within 5 yards of the national title game, is not. What a system.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 2, 2012
Former Florida State standout Myron Rolle gave his Seminoles a shout-out. They will most likely meet Big East champion Louisville in the Orange Bowl.
Florida State taking its talent to South Beach. #ACCChamps— Myron Rolle (@MyronRolle) December 2, 2012
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the latest on the bowl season madness as it happens.