BCS Bowl Schedule 2012-13: Complete TV Guide to College Football's Big Week

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 8, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Running back Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with teammate offensive linesman D.J. Fluker #76 after Lacy rushed for a second half touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

College Football's BCS-bowl schedule for the 2012-13 season will showcase some of the best teams in the nation. And we get to see a showdown between two storied schools in the championship game.

There are only (likely) a couple of seasons left with this BCS format for college football's postseason. Enjoy it while it lasts, or relish it if you're on the other side of the debate.

Either way, 10 of the nation's best teams are going to do battle after the New Year in what should be an exciting collection of college football action.

Here's a complete guide to ensure you're ready to watch no matter where you are during the holidays.


Complete BCS Bowl Schedule


Rose Bowl presented by Vizio

Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Stanford

When: Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 5 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

The Stanford Cardinal have won four straight games against ranked opponents and will take on a 7-5 Wisconsin Badgers team that snuck into a BCS bowl thanks to the Big Ten's automatic bid.

Undefeated Ohio State likely would have been the opponent for the Cardinal had it not been banned from bowl participation this season.


Discover Orange Bowl

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

When: Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Nothern Illinois, the MAC winners, earned an automatic BCS bowl berth after finishing inside the Top 16 of the BCS standings. That rule has sparked a lot of dissatisfaction, especially among BCS enthusiasts.

The Huskies will be without head coach Dave Doeren, who took the vacant head-coaching job at North Carolina State just one day before the announcement of his team's BCS berth.

Florida State will likely come to play, bringing its touted defense in an attempt to avoid national embarrassment.


Allstate Sugar Bowl

No. 21 Louisville vs. No. 3 Florida

When: Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Another underwhelming matchup pits a defense juggernaut in the Gators against a Louisville team that has struggled this season against teams with any defensive acumen.

The Cardinals dropped consecutive games to Syracuse and Connecticut before edging Rutgers in a de facto Big East title game.


Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State

When: Thursday, Jan. 3, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

This is the national-championship game everyone thought they were getting just a few weeks ago. It pits the high-flying "blur" spread offense of Chip Kelly against Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein. The Ducks don't play much defense at times but really haven't had to, as they scored more than 50 points per game in 2012.

Can Klein and the former No. 1-ranked Wildcats keep up with Kelly's high-flying Ducks?


Discover BCS National Championship Game

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama

When: Monday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Two of the nation's most storied football schools will do battle in what seems to be the perfect finale to the 2012-13 season. Notre Dame went undefeated, escaping overtime scares against Stanford, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

Alabama survived some scares of its own against LSU and Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

It did drop a close loss to Texas A&M but was able to work itself back into the title picture thanks to losses by Oregon and Kansas State on the same night.