While many people are downright giddy for the upcoming holidays, college football is the real reason why this is the most wonderful time of the year.
Sure, it might be difficult to get pumped up for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl or the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl—anyone suddenly hungry?—but consider this: once bowl season starts on Dec. 21, there will be 35 games over a span of 17 days, culminating with the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship on Jan. 6.
Oh, and that will also mark the official end of the BCS, which is the best present anyone could ever hope for.
Now that college football fans are surely drooling in anticipation for everything from the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to the Granddady of Them All, the Rose Bowl, let's take a look at everything you need to know about the complete schedule, via ESPN.com:
|Bowl||Teams||Date||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Gildan New Mexico||Washington St. vs. Colorado St.||Dec. 21||2 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Royal Purple Las Vegas||Fresno State vs. USC||Dec. 21||3:30 p.m.||ABC||TBD|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Buffalo vs. San Diego St.||Dec. 21||5:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|R+L Carriers New Orleans||Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg||East Carolina vs. Ohio||Dec. 23||2 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sheraton Hawai'i||Boise St. vs. Oregon St.||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Little Caesars Pizza||Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green||Dec. 26||6 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia||Utah St. vs. Northern Illinois||Dec. 26||9:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman||Marshall vs. Maryland||Dec. 27||2:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Texas||Syracuse vs. Minnesota||Dec. 27||6 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Fight Hunger||BYU vs. Washington||Dec. 27||9:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|New Era Pinstripe||Rutgers vs. Notre Dame||Dec. 28||Noon||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Belk||Cincinnati vs. North Carolina||Dec. 28||3:20 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Russell Athletic||Louisville vs. Miami||Dec. 28||6:45 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Kansas St. vs. Michigan||Dec. 28||10:15 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces||Middle Tennessee vs. Navy||Dec. 30||11:45 a.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City||Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech||Dec. 30||3:15 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Valero Alamo||Texas vs. Oregon||Dec. 30||6:45 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|National University Holiday||Texas Tech vs. Arizona St.||Dec. 30||10:15 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|AdvoCare V100||Boston College vs. Arizona||Dec. 31||12:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Hyundai Sun||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA||Dec. 31||2 p.m.||CBS||TBD|
|AutoZone Liberty||Rice vs. Mississippi St.||Dec. 31||4 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Chick-fil-A||Duke vs. Texas A&M||Dec. 31||8 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|TaxSlayer.com Gator||Georgia vs. Nebraska||Jan. 1||Noon||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|Heart of Dallas||North Texas vs. UNLV||Jan. 1||Noon||ESPNU||WatchESPN|
|Capital One||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||ABC||TBD|
|Outback||LSU vs. Iowa||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO||Michigan St. vs. Stanford||Jan. 1||5 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Tostitos Fiesta||Baylor vs. UCF||Jan. 1||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Allstate Sugar||Alabama vs. Oklahoma||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Discover Orange||Clemson vs. Ohio St.||Jan. 3||TBD||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|AT&T Cotton||Missouri vs. Oklahoma St.||Jan. 3||7:30 p.m.||FOX||TBD|
|BBVA Compass||Houston vs. Vanderbilt||Jan. 4||1 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|GoDaddy||Arkansas St. vs. Ball St.||Jan. 5||9 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|VIZIO BCS National Championship||Florida St. vs. Auburn||Jan. 6||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship: Florida State vs. Auburn
Not only did Michigan State and Auburn's wins on Saturday assure an eighth straight national championship featuring an SEC team, but those wins also cemented an absurd fifth straight title game with a school from the state of Alabama.
Auburn is the national darling. A year after the school went 3-9 in its worst season since 1952, Gus Malzahn has resurrected the program, winning 12 games, several of which have come via the instant-classic, last-moment-possible heroics.
You'll probably hear the word "destiny" a lot when people talk about the Tigers.
Who will win the National Championship?
Of course, Florida State's story isn't all that boring, either.
Led by freshman Jameis Winston, the frontrunner for the Heisman, the Seminoles are 13-0 and have embarrassed opponents by an average of 42.3 points per game. Jimbo Fisher's squad is about as explosive as it gets.
The last two national title games have turned out to be snooze-fests, but this one, featuring two teams that combined for 104 points in their conference championships, is stooped in entertainment value.
Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State
If you're a fan of offense, then you're a fan of this game.
The Tigers average 37.8 points per game behind the dynamic duo of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, while the Buckeyes put 43.8 per contest on the board thanks to a dominant run game featuring dual-threat QB Braxton Miller and RB Carlos Hyde.
There may be potential for a letdown from the Buckeyes, who are undoubtedly disappointed not to be in the title game, but Urban Meyer should have his team ready to go.
This one has the makings for fireworks.
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State
Common fans probably won't be too tantalized by this matchup, but fans of hard-nosed, physical defenses will enjoy this one wholeheartedly.
What will be the best BCS game outside the national championship?
Stanford is giving up 18.6 points per game and 4.6 yards per play, and Michigan State allows just 12.3 and 3.8, respectively.
Throw in both teams having weapons on the offensive side of the ball—Tyler Gaffney, Ty Montgomery, Jeremy Langford—and this is easily one of the most compelling bowls on the slate.