The field is set for college football bowl season. The matchups for all 35 postseason bowls were announced on Sunday night.
With the way the conference championship games unfolded, there weren't any real shocks among the BCS bowl selections.
Ohio State's loss to Michigan State ended any sort of controversy about the national championship. Florida State will meet Auburn in Pasadena in what will be the biggest must-see matchup of bowl season.
It will be great to see Jameis Winston and the balanced Seminoles offense go head to head against Tre Mason, Nick Marshall and that splendid Auburn running game.
Among the other four BCS games, the Rose Bowl stands out. Both Stanford and Michigan State play a physical style of football. The Cardinal and Spartans have strong defenses and offenses predicated on running the football. Don't be surprised if this game proves to be the most enjoyable in Pasadena this January.
Clemson and Ohio State is also an intriguing matchup in the Orange Bowl, as many were criticizing the Tigers and Buckeyes' resumes throughout the season. Both teams need a quality win to silence some of the doubters and begin the hype train for 2014.
Of course, bowl season isn't all about the big boys.
Many fans argue that it's foolish to have over half of of the teams in the FBS qualify for bowl games, as it devalues qualifying for a postseason bowl. There's some validity to that criticism.
On the other hand, bowl games are often the biggest showcase schools from non-AQ conferences can get. It's a chance to play in front of a national audience with the lights on bright and plenty of NFL scouts in attendance, and a bowl is a great reward for guys like Jordan Lynch and Derek Carr, who've done so much for their respective schools.
Plus, the smaller bowls are a great proving ground for potential BCS busters. Boise State made the slow climb up from the Humanitarian Bowl to the Liberty Bowl and then eventually a win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
Chances are, a future BCS buster is lurking among those lesser-considered bowl games.
Without further ado, here's the schedule for bowl season.
|BCS National Championship||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Florida State||Auburn|
|GoDaddy Bowl||9 p.m.||ESPN||Arkansas State||Ball State|
|BBVA Compass Bowl||1 p.m.||ESPN||Vanderbilt||Houston|
|Cotton Bowl||7:30 p.m.||Fox||Oklahoma State||Missouri|
|Orange Bowl||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Clemson||Ohio State|
|Sugar Bowl||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Alabama||Oklahoma|
|Gator Bowl||12 p.m.||ESPN2||Georgia||Nebraska|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||12 p.m.||ESPNU||UNLV||North Texas|
|Capital One Bowl||1 p.m.||ABC||Wisconsin||South Carolina|
|Outback Bowl||1 p.m.||ESPN||Iowa||LSU|
|Rose Bowl||5 p.m.||ESPN||Stanford||Michigan State|
|Fiesta Bowl||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Baylor||UCF|
|AdvoCare V100||12:30 p.m.||ESPN||Arizona||Boston College|
|Sun Bowl||2 p.m.||CBS||Virginia Tech||UCLA|
|Liberty Bowl||4 p.m.||ESPN||Rice||Mississippi State|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl||8 p.m.||ESPN||Texas A&M||Duke|
|Armed Forces Bowl||11:45 a.m.||ESPN||Middle Tennessee||Navy|
|Music City Bowl||3:15 p.m.||ESPN||Ole Miss||Georgia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||6:45 p.m.||ESPN||Oregon||Texas|
|Holiday Bowl||10:15 p.m.||ESPN||Arizona State||Texas Tech|
|Pinstripe Bowl||12 p.m.||ESPN||Rutgers||Notre Dame|
|Belk Bowl||3:20 p.m.||ESPN||Cincinnati||North Carolina|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||6:45 p.m.||ESPN||Miami||Louisville|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||10:15 p.m.||ESPN||Michigan||Kansas State|
|Military Bowl||2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Marshall||Maryland|
|Texas Bowl||6 p.m.||ESPN||Syracuse||Minnesota|
|Fight Hunger Bowl||9:30 p.m.||ESPN||BYU||Washington|
|Little Caesars Pizza Bowl||6 p.m.||ESPN||Pittsburgh||Bowling Green|
|Poinsettia Bowl||9:30 p.m.||ESPN||Utah State||Northern Illinois|
|Hawaii Bowl||8 p.m.||ESPN||Boise State||Oregon State|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||2 p.m.||ESPN||East Carolina||Ohio|
|New Mexico Bowl||2 p.m.||ESPN||Washington State||Colorado State|
|Las Vegas Bowl||3:30 p.m.||ABC||Fresno State||USC|
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Buffalo||San Diego State|
|New Orleans Bowl||9 p.m.||ESPN||Tulane||Louisiana-Lafayette|