BCS Bowl Schedule 2012-13: When and Where to Watch Each Big-Name Bowl Game

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 30, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 03:  Manti Te'o #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish calls signals against the University of South Florida Bulls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 3, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. South Florida defeated Notre Dame 23-20.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The BCS scheduled five 2012-13 bowl games over what will be the four best days of your entire year.

New Year’s fireworks pale in comparison to the sparks that’ll fly later that evening and week.

Here is when and where to watch each prestigious postseason event.


Rose Bowl Game Presented By VIZIO: Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Stanford

When: Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Where: ESPN or online at WatchESPN 

Stanford boasts the 13th-ranked defense in the nation, one that held Oregon and USC to 14 points each. Wisconsin may be outmatched, but the Cardinal don’t have an offensive weapon as explosive as Montee Ball. The Badger back must go off for his team to have a chance in this one.


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

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

Where: ESPN or online at WatchESPN 

Neither Northern Illinois nor the MAC has ever earned a BCS Bowl berth. Florida State, on the other hand, has been to the Orange Bowl alone nine times, the third-most in the game’s history. It went to 15 major bowls from 1988-2006, but this will be the Seminoles’ first since then.


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

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

Where: ESPN or online at WatchESPN 

Louisville lost to Syracuse by more points than Florida lost to Georgia, but that didn’t stop the Big East Champs from getting matched up against the Gators. Florida fields the third-ranked defense in the country, one that held LSU to six points. The only team the Cardinals held to six points was Missouri State.


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

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

Where: ESPN or online at WatchESPN

According to ESPN, the over/under for this game is 75.0 points. Kenjon Barner-led Oregon and Collin Klein-led Kansas State actually combine for an average of 91.5 points per game. It’s a shame that both teams have defenses ranked in the top 30.


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

When: Monday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: ESPN or online at WatchESPN

While three out of the five BCS bowl games are major mismatches, the national title is sure to go down to the wire. Notre Dame and Alabama boast the two most talented defenses in the entire nation. If the final score is 3-0 in overtime, it wouldn’t shock anyone.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.