BCS Bowl Schedule 2013: Dates, Times, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

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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Avid college football fans will be glued to their television screens for every bowl game, but the BCS matchups are what everyone is really waiting for.

It's finally that time of year. After a wild regular season, 10 teams will get a chance to prove themselves as BCS worthy. The BCS National Championship is the main attraction, but all five BCS bowls will feature intriguing storylines in one way or another.

Some matchups are set in stone already, while others will be released as Sunday night moves along. The Rose Bowl and the national title game shouldn't be difficult to predict, but the others could be more tricky.

Let's take a look at this year's complete bowl schedule and give a preview for each BCS game as they're announced.

Bowl Schedule

Note: All times are ET and p.m. unless noted otherwise. All games (except for the 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 Louisiana-Monroe Ohio 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 Northern Illinois
Florida State Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL 1/1: 8:30 ESPN
Sugar Florida Louisville Superdome: New Orleans, LA 1/2: 8:30 ESPN
Fiesta Oregon Kansas State 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
Compass Pittsburgh
Ole Miss Legion Field: Birmingham, AL 1/5: 1:00 ESPN
GoDaddy.com Kent State
Arkansas State Ladd-Peebles Stadium: Mobile, AL 1/6: 9:00 ESPN
National Championship Notre Dame
Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL 1/7: 8:30 ESPN

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama

This is the one everyone is waiting for. Alabama wants to prove that it’s still the cream of the college football crop. Notre Dame needs to show that it can complete its magical regular-season run.

These teams are more similar than Crimson Tide fans would like you to believe. Both defenses are stellar—with Notre Dame currently standing as the nation’s top-ranked unit.

Each team also loves to run the football, allowing the quarterback to make plays when needed.

In the end, Alabama will find a way to win. Nick Saban is very tough to out-coach and even more so when he has a month to prepare for his opponent.

Manti Te’o will have an impact, but the Tide’s experience will ring true in a tightly contested game.

Score: Alabama 24, Notre Dame 20

Orange Bowl: No. 15 Northern Illinois vs. No. 12 Florida State

Northern Illinois has a chance because of one player: quarterback Jordan Lynch. He’s not a household name yet, but he will be after this game.

Lynch has 43 total touchdowns this year and 4,000-plus yards. He's a thrill to watch, and he makes this game watchable all by himself.

However, the Huskies don't have a chance here. Their dynamic rushing offense performs very well versus MAC defenses, but Florida State's unit is truly elite. Lynch will have his moments, but the Seminoles will throw things at him that he hasn't seen yet this season.

It's simple. If Florida State stays out of its own way, it wins.

Score: Florida State 35, Northern Illinois 13

Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Florida vs. No. 21 Louisville

The Gators could make an argument that they deserve to be No. 2 in the nation, but that's not how things unfolded.  

Instead, Will Muschamp’s team will face Charlie Strong’s Cardinals.

This game is really similar to the Orange Bowl matchup for me. Teddy Bridgewater is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, and he has solid support from Senorise Perry and Devante Parker, but the Gators have too much on defense.

Look for Mike Gillislee to carry Florida’s offense to victory in this one. The Gators still struggle through the air, but their ground game and defense has been too much all year long.

Gators win, but not as big as most would think. Strong is too good of a coach to get handled here.

Score: Florida 27, Louisville 17

Rose Bowl: No. 6 Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Even obsessed college football fans will be disappointed with this matchup. Seeing Ohio State here would be much more appetizing, but that's not possible so we have Wisconsin instead.

The Badgers rely almost completely on their run game to win. Too bad for them, Stanford doesn't allow yards very easily.

The Cardinal's blue-collar defense will use its aggressive pass rush and talented front seven to make life very difficult on Wisconsin's offense. Stepfan Taylor will be the best player on the field, and he will show it as he runs for multiple scores on Wisconsin's defense.

The Rose Bowl is steeped in tradition, but that won't matter this year.

Score: Stanford 27, Wisconsin 10

Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State

Everyone is going to watch this one. Two powerful offenses will do battle as former national championship hopefuls fight for respect here.

Kansas State's defense could be the difference, but it also hasn't seen an offense like Oregon's all year long. Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota could give them fits, depending on how quickly they adapt to the speed of the game.

But it's tough to pick against Collin Klein. Oregon's defense has been flawed this season, and he has all the tools to exploit that.

Both of these teams were so close to the big one. Here though, I like Kansas State to get the job done. Bill Snyder's team almost always plays up to big games, and this is the biggest.

Score: Kansas State 31, Oregon 24


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