Bowl Games 2013-14: Full Schedule, List of Every Bowl Matchup

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05:  The National Championship trophy sits on display during Media Day ahead of the Discover BCS National Championship at Sun Life Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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.

Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer leads his team onto the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TOD
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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.

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Fresno State Bulldogs points out the San Jose State Spartans defense in the second quarter on November 29, 2013 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Brian Bahr/Getty Images

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.

Bowl Schedule
BowlTime (ET)TVTeams
Jan. 6
BCS National Championship8:30 p.m.ESPNFlorida StateAuburn
Jan. 5
GoDaddy Bowl9 p.m.ESPNArkansas StateBall State
Jan. 4
BBVA Compass Bowl1 p.m.ESPNVanderbiltHouston
Jan. 3
Cotton Bowl7:30 p.m.FoxOklahoma StateMissouri
Orange Bowl8:30 p.m.ESPNClemsonOhio State
Jan. 2
Sugar Bowl8:30 p.m.ESPNAlabamaOklahoma
Jan. 1
Gator Bowl12 p.m.ESPN2GeorgiaNebraska
Heart of Dallas Bowl12 p.m.ESPNUUNLVNorth Texas
Capital One Bowl1 p.m.ABCWisconsinSouth Carolina
Outback Bowl1 p.m.ESPNIowaLSU
Rose Bowl5 p.m.ESPNStanfordMichigan State
Fiesta Bowl8:30 p.m.ESPNBaylorUCF
Dec. 31
AdvoCare V10012:30 p.m.ESPNArizonaBoston College
Sun Bowl2 p.m.CBSVirginia TechUCLA
Liberty Bowl4 p.m.ESPNRiceMississippi State
Chick-fil-A Bowl8 p.m.ESPNTexas A&MDuke
Dec. 30
Armed Forces Bowl11:45 a.m.ESPNMiddle TennesseeNavy
Music City Bowl3:15 p.m.ESPNOle MissGeorgia Tech
Alamo Bowl6:45 p.m.ESPNOregonTexas
Holiday Bowl10:15 p.m.ESPNArizona StateTexas Tech
Dec. 28
Pinstripe Bowl12 p.m.ESPNRutgersNotre Dame
Belk Bowl3:20 p.m.ESPNCincinnatiNorth Carolina
Russell Athletic Bowl6:45 p.m.ESPNMiamiLouisville
Buffalo Wild Wings10:15 p.m.ESPNMichiganKansas State
Dec. 27
Military Bowl2:30 p.m.ESPNMarshallMaryland
Texas Bowl6 p.m.ESPNSyracuseMinnesota
Fight Hunger Bowl9:30 p.m.ESPNBYUWashington
Dec. 26
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl6 p.m.ESPNPittsburghBowling Green
Poinsettia Bowl9:30 p.m.ESPNUtah StateNorthern Illinois
Dec. 24
Hawaii Bowl8 p.m.ESPNBoise StateOregon State
Dec. 23
St. Petersburg Bowl2 p.m.ESPNEast CarolinaOhio
Dec. 21
New Mexico Bowl2 p.m.ESPNWashington StateColorado State
Las Vegas Bowl3:30 p.m.ABCFresno StateUSC
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl5:30 p.m.ESPNBuffaloSan Diego State
New Orleans Bowl9 p.m.ESPNTulaneLouisiana-Lafayette