While college football's championship weekend and conference finales were fun, we are just getting started.
How about this? Starting on Dec. 21, 35 games will be played over a span of 17 days in the chaotic postseason affair soon to be formerly known as the BCS.
A playoff format is right around the corner, but one last hurrah is sure to entertain. Whether it is the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the Rose Bowl or something else, every fan in the nation will find something to tickle his or her fancy.
Here is how things will unfold in the final act of the BCS.
|BCS Bowl Schedule|
|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 Hawaii||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|
AT&T Cotton Bowl: No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 13 Oklahoma St.
Let's start with a matchup that is not as flashy as some of the BCS action.
Both the Missouri Tigers and Oklahoma State Cowboys failed on championship weekend. Missouri lost to Auburn 59-42 and gets to watch as the dominant Tigers from the SEC play for the national title.
Oklahoma State lost its chance at a BCS bowl thanks to a 33-24 loss to Oklahoma.
In other words, both teams are sure to be motivated. The Cowboys tout a top-15 offense and defense. The offense, led by quarterback Clint Chelf, (1,792 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions) averages 39.8 points per game. The defense allows an average of 20.
Missouri is right with the Cowboys in both regards. The offense averages 39 points, and the defense surrenders an average of 22.5. Former Heisman contender and quarterback James Franklin has 2,255 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year. Running back Henry Josey has 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns.
As far as non-BCS matchups go, the AT&T Cotton Bowl is one every collegiate fan should circle on the schedule.
Rose Bowl: No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Stanford
But enough with this non-BCS nonsense.
Thanks to wins in their respective conference championships, the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten and the Stanford Cardinal of the Pac-12 are set to fight a full 12 rounds of classic football.
Both the Spartans and Cardinal excel at running the ball and playing sound defense.
Michigan State has one of the nation's most formidable defenses, which ranks in the top five with an average of just 12.7 points allowed. Stanford's unit is close behind with an average of 18.6.
These teams run the ball in similar fashions, too. Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney has 1,618 yards and 20 scores. Michigan State's Jeremy Langford has 1,338 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The teams' aerial games are also strangely similar. Kevin Hogan has posted 2,487 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions for the Cardinal this year. Connor Cook has 2,423 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Spartans.
If this sounds like an entertaining game, not to mention possibly the only BCS game with a close outcome, that's because it is. These teams were built to encounter each other in a meaningful game, and the BCS has done right by fans in making it happen.
BCS Title Game: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
What, expecting a look at another game? Please. This one has the feel of two teams simply riding fate to a title.
Freshman wonder kid Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles haven't lost a game this year. They climbed from the realm of irrelevancy early to dominate any and all competition.
Auburn did much of the same after a 3-9 campaign a year ago under the guidance of offensive guru and head coach Gus Malzahn.
Winston has been unstoppable this year with 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, and the Seminoles have the nation's second-best offense with an average of 53 points per game. He is flanked by the nation's top defense, which allows just 10.7 on average.
But Auburn is a different flavor than what the Seminoles are accustomed to dealing with in the ACC. The top-ranked defense will have to stop Auburn's top-ranked rushing attack, which averages 335.7 yards per game.
Together, quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason have totaled 2,644 yards and 33 touchdowns via the ground game. But don't be fooled—Marshall can also get it done through the air when asked. He has 1,759 yards and 12 scores via that avenue.
Add it all up, and this makes for one of the best title showdowns in years. Not a bad way for the much-maligned format to take a bow.
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