BCS Bowl Schedule 2013-14: TV Viewing Guide for College Football's Top Games

Alex EspinozaCorrespondent IIIDecember 10, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates on stage with offensive lineman Bryan Stork #522 after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The final weekend of the college football regular season provided some seismic shifts in the BCS bowl picture.

It started with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who suffered a 34-24 defeat to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and lost their chance to play in the national championship in the process.

Oklahoma State's last-minute 33-24 loss to Oklahoma in the Bedlam rivalry game knocked the Cowboys out of the Fiesta Bowl, as Baylor won the Big 12 title with a 30-10 victory over Texas.

Following Sunday's BCS Selection Show, the postseason landscape for college football's top matchups has been set. Let's take a look at the final 10-team BCS field before the NCAA moves to a four-team playoff system next year.

 

BCS National Championship

 

Who: No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn (12-1)

When: Monday, Jan. 6

Time/TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

 

The Auburn Tigers' magical run during the 2013 season continues with a trip to the BCS National Championship Game. Tre Mason lifted Auburn over Missouri, 59-42, to win the SEC championship, as Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries. The Tigers not only claimed the No. 2 BCS spot lost by Ohio State, but also extended the SEC's streak of title game participants to eight consecutive years.

Awaiting Auburn will be Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis Winston and the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles, who rolled to a 45-7 victory over Duke in the ACC title game. Don't forget about FSU's defense, which ranks first in the nation at 10.7 points allowed per game.

Florida State might be the nation's top team on paper, but Auburn looks like it's riding a wave of destiny with its epic 34-28 win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl paving the way for the Tigers' shot to win it all.

 

Rose Bowl

Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans offensive tackle Fou Fonoti (51) holds a rose in his mouth after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State defeats Ohio State 34-24.
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Who: No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) vs. No. 5 Stanford (11-2)

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1

Time/TV: 5 p.m. ET, ESPN

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

Win or lose in the Big Ten championship, the Michigan State Spartans had already looked poised for a berth in the 100th Rose Bowl. Except now they do so as conference champs, facing a Stanford team that muscled its way to a 38-14 win over Arizona State to earn the Pac-12 crown on Saturday.

This matchup will feature two of the most physical teams in the country in a classic clash of Big Ten and Pac-12 champions.  

 

Fiesta Bowl

Dec 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; The Baylor Bears celebrate their win over the Texas Longhorns in the last game ever at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears won 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Who: No. 6 Baylor (11-1) vs. No. 15 Central Florida (11-1)

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1

Time/TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Where: Glendale, Ariz.

After Oklahoma knocked OSU out of the Big Ten title picture, Baylor took full advantage with its 20-point win over Texas later on Saturday afternoon to claim the Big 12 conference title. The Bears finished the regular season with the nation's top scoring offense (53.3 points per game) and figure to be heavy favorites in their Fiesta Bowl matchup.

Central Florida will play in the school's first BCS game after winning the American Athletic Conference outright to earn an automatic bid. UCF is led by a stout defense that ranks 13th in points allowed per game (19.6) while quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson highlight the offense.

 

Orange Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 07:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls plays from the sidelines during the Big Ten Conference Championship game against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Indianapolis,
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Who: No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 12 Clemson (10-2)

When: Friday, Jan. 3

Time/TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Where: Miami

Urban Meyer guided his team to 24 straight victories to start his tenure at Ohio State, but a loss on Saturday knocked the Buckeyes from the national title game to the Orange Bowl. Still, quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde lead a potent Buckeyes team that ranked fourth in the nation in scoring with an average of 46.3 points.

Clemson suffered a 31-17 defeat to in-state rival South Carolina in their regular-season finale. Senior quarterback Tajh Boyd remains an explosive playmaker for the Tigers, who are seeking their first BCS bowl win under coach Dabo Swinney.

 

Sugar Bowl

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 26:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/
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Who: No. 3 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2)

When: Thursday, Jan. 2

Time/TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Where: New Orleans

Alabama might have quickly tumbled out of the title game picture in the final two weeks of the season, but Nick Saban's Crimson Tide still have a big-time BCS opponent in Oklahoma.

The Sooners vaulted into the Sugar Bowl with Saturday's emotional victory over Oklahoma State that included two touchdowns in the final minute of the game. The Crimson Tide haven't played since their stunning loss to the Auburn in the Iron Bowl.