Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Full List, Start Times and Viewing Info for Every Matchup

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2013

Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) celebrates after a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the fourth quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. Auburn won 59-42. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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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 MexicoWashington St. vs. Colorado St. Dec. 21 2 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Royal Purple Las VegasFresno State vs. USC Dec. 21 3:30 p.m. ABC TBD
Famous Idaho PotatoBuffalo vs. San Diego St. Dec. 21 5:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
R+L Carriers New OrleansTulane vs. Louisiana-LafayetteDec. 21 9 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's St. PetersburgEast Carolina vs. Ohio Dec. 23 2 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sheraton HawaiiBoise St. vs. Oregon St. Dec. 24 8 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Little Caesars PizzaPittsburgh vs. Bowling Green Dec. 26 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
S.D. County Credit Union PoinsettiaUtah St. vs. Northern Illinois Dec. 26 9:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop GrummanMarshall vs. Maryland Dec. 27 2:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
TexasSyracuse vs. Minnesota Dec. 27 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fight HungerBYU vs. Washington Dec. 27 9:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
New Era PinstripeRutgers vs. Notre Dame Dec. 28 Noon ESPN WatchESPN
BelkCincinnati vs. North CarolinaDec. 28 3:20 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Russell AthleticLouisville vs. Miami Dec. 28 6:45 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Buffalo Wild WingsKansas St. vs. Michigan Dec. 28 10:15 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Bell Helicopter Armed ForcesMiddle Tennessee vs. NavyDec. 30 11:45 a.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music CityOle Miss vs. Georgia TechDec. 30 3:15 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Valero AlamoTexas vs. Oregon Dec. 30 6:45 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
National University HolidayTexas Tech vs. Arizona St. Dec. 30 10:15 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
AdvoCare V100Boston College vs. ArizonaDec. 31 12:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Hyundai SunVirginia Tech vs. UCLA Dec. 31 2 p.m. CBS TBD
AutoZone LibertyRice vs. Mississippi St.Dec. 31 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Chick-fil-ADuke vs. Texas A&M Dec. 31 8 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
TaxSlayer.com GatorGeorgia vs. Nebraska Jan. 1 Noon ESPN2 WatchESPN
Heart of DallasNorth Texas vs. UNLV Jan. 1 Noon ESPNU WatchESPN
Capital OneWisconsin vs. South Carolina Jan. 1 1 p.m. ABC TBD
OutbackLSU vs. Iowa Jan. 1 1 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIOMichigan St. vs. StanfordJan. 1 5 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tostitos FiestaBaylor vs. UCF Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Allstate SugarAlabama vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Discover OrangeClemson vs. Ohio St.Jan. 3 TBD ESPN WatchESPN
AT&T CottonMissouri vs. Oklahoma St.Jan. 3 7:30 p.m. FOX TBD
BBVA CompassHouston vs. VanderbiltJan. 4 1 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
GoDaddyArkansas St. vs. Ball St.Jan. 5 9 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
VIZIO BCS National ChampionshipFlorida St. vs. AuburnJan. 6 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
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AT&T Cotton Bowl: No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 13 Oklahoma St.

Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) looks to throw against the Auburn Tigers during the first quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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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

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 02:  Darqueze Dennard #31 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates his fourth-quarter interception against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on November 2, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 2
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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.

Oct 26, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Tyler Gaffney (25) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers during the 2nd half at Reser Stadium. Stanford defeated Oregon State 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisi
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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

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07:  Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Imag
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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.