College Football Bowl Schedule: 5 Must-See Remaining Games

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2012

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Bowl season is well underway and it's the most wonderful time of the year. It's a month of great football. What could be better?

Some games can be duds, which is why we've given you the five must-see games to maximize your viewing pleasure. 


Arizona State vs. Navy (December 29, 4 p.m. ET)

It's defense against offense as the Arizona State Sun Devils take on the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

The Sun Devils have a terrific defense, led by Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton. They'll have a tough task, though, against the nation's sixth-best rushing offense. Navy rushes for 275.6 yards per game with their triple-option offense.

It will be interesting to see how the top rushing attack goes up against such a good defense and that's what makes it must-see TV. 


Michigan State vs. TCU (December 29, 10:15 p.m. ET)

It's a battle of defenses in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl as the Michigan State Spartans take on the TCU Horned Frogs.

Both teams failed to meet expectations this season. To start the season, both teams were ranked in the top-20, but struggled mightily during conference play. 

Despite that, they both feature stellar defenses. Michigan State has the fourth-ranked defense in the country, while TCU is not far behind, at 18th-best in the nation.

While this won't be a high-scoring affair, it will be a fun game for those who like throwback, old-school football. These teams will battle it out in the trenches and make for an all-out war.


LSU vs. Clemson  (December 31, 7:30 p.m. ET)

These two 10-win teams will face off in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. It's a matchup of contrasting styles.

LSU has one of the best defenses in the country, giving up only 16.9 points per game. Clemson, on the other hand, has one of the best offenses in the country, scoring 25 points per game.

These are two top teams and Clemson will have to find a way to score on LSU's stingy defense, as their own defense is quite suspect. Look for a back-and-forth game that won't be decided until late in the contest. 


Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (January 4, 8 p.m. ET)

It's going to be an old-fashioned Texas shootout as Texas A&M takes on Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

The game features Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the high-flying Aggie offense against a Sooner offense that doesn't get nearly enough credit.

The Sooners average 507 yards a game and score more than 40. The Aggies also score more than 40 a game, and average 552 yards per game.

There will be very little defense played in the game and whoever has the last possession is likely to win. This could be the highest-scoring game of the bowl season and the teams could score over 100 combined points. 


Notre Dame vs. Alabama (January 7, 8:30 p.m. ET)

It's the one everyone's waiting for, the National Championship Game, two of college football's most storied teams. It's Notre Dame vs Alabama. Number one vs number two. Doesn't get much better than this.

Notre Dame has the best defense in the country, giving up only 10.3 points per game. The Tide has the second-best defense in the country, giving up only 10.7.

It will be a low-scoring affair and it will be close to the last minute. The two best teams in college football this year, by far, will have a chance to duke it out on the biggest stage. It should be an incredible game and is the definition of must-see TV.