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Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Complete List of Games and Preview of Best BCS Showdowns

Florida State and freshman quarterback Jameis Winston (5) will play Auburn for the BCS title.
Florida State and freshman quarterback Jameis Winston (5) will play Auburn for the BCS title.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 11, 2013

With the conference champions decided and the 2013 college football regular season at an end, the bowl schedule has been finalized.

It has been a wild campaign throughout, and the last games before the bowl matchups were decided weren't any exception.

The end result is an intriguing slate of games for the holiday season. With all the controversy the BCS tends to generate, the system has produced some pretty fantastic showdowns in the nation's highest-profile bowls.

Here is a look at the entire bowl schedule, which trickles into the new year, along with a preview and some predictions for the best BCS showdowns on tap.

Note: Team statistics courtesy of NCAA.com. Player defensive statistics obtained from CFBStats.com.

Complete 2013-14 Bowl Schedule
BCS BowlMatchupDate Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIOMichigan St. vs. StanfordJan. 1 5 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tostitos FiestaBaylor vs. UCFJan. 1 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Allstate SugarAlabama vs. OklahomaJan. 2 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Discover OrangeClemson vs. Ohio St.Jan. 3 TBD ESPN WatchESPN
VIZIO BCS National ChampionshipFlorida St. vs. AuburnJan. 6 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
BowlMatchupDate 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. USCDec. 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. OhioDec. 23 2 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sheraton HawaiiBoise St. vs. Oregon St.Dec. 24 8 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Little Caesars PizzaPittsburgh vs. Bowling GreenDec. 26 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
S.D. County Credit Union PoinsettiaUtah St. vs. Northern IllinoisDec. 26 9:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop GrummanMarshall vs. MarylandDec. 27 2:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
TexasSyracuse vs. MinnesotaDec. 27 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fight HungerBYU vs. WashingtonDec. 27 9:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
New Era PinstripeRutgers vs. Notre DameDec. 28 Noon ESPN WatchESPN
BelkCincinnati vs. North CarolinaDec. 28 3:20 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Russell AthleticLouisville vs. MiamiDec. 28 6:45 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Buffalo Wild WingsKansas St. vs. MichiganDec. 28 10:15 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Bell Helicopter Armed ForcesMiddle Tennessee vs. Navy Dec. 30 11:45 a.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music CityOle Miss vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 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. Arizona Dec. 31 12:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Hyundai SunVirginia Tech vs. UCLADec. 31 2 p.m. CBS TBD
AutoZone LibertyRice vs. Mississippi St.Dec. 31 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Chick-fil-ADuke vs. Texas A&MDec. 31 8 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
TaxSlayer.com GatorGeorgia vs. NebraskaJan. 1 Noon ESPN2 WatchESPN
Heart of DallasNorth Texas vs. UNLVJan. 1 Noon ESPNU WatchESPN
Capital OneWisconsin vs. South CarolinaJan. 1 1 p.m. ABC TBD
OutbackLSU vs. IowaJan. 1 1 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
AT&T Cotton Missouri vs. Oklahoma St.Jan. 3 7:30 p.m. FOX TBD
BBVA Compass Houston vs. VanderbiltJan. 4 1 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
GoDaddy Arkansas St. vs. Ball St.Jan. 5 9 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Source: ESPN.com

 

Orange Bowl: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Clemson

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 23: Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers drops back to pass during the game against the Citadel Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
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This should be a shootout for the ages between two high-powered offenses. Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson humorously summarized what many are liable to be thinking:

Senior Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd was recruited by Ohio State but chose Clemson instead and has enjoyed a successful career.

Assuming he throws a touchdown in this game, it will mark the third consecutive year in which Boyd has thrown for 30 or more scores.

Considering Ohio State allowed Michigan State's Connor Cook to throw for a career-high 304 yards and three TDs in the Big Ten title game, it's a good bet Boyd will, especially because he has two outstanding receivers in Sammy Watkins (85 receptions, 1,237 yards, 10 TDs) and Martavis Bryant (20.5 yards per catch) to sling the rock to.

But the Buckeyes should have the edge on the ground. Powerful running back Carlos Hyde has emerged as one of the premier players at his position in the country, and QB Braxton Miller is terribly tough to tackle in the open field.

Urban Meyer's bunch blew a shot at playing Florida State for the national title, which may make getting up for this game difficult, even with the ample time to prepare and get over that missed opportunity.

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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Clemson has so many weapons, and Ohio State's defense hasn't been sensational on the back end all year. Much like the Buckeyes' loss to the Spartans, this game should come down to Miller's ability to throw the ball, which is inferior to Boyd's by a considerable margin.

Miller could not make a play through the air against Sparty in the second half, which was reflected in his final QBR:

The Clemson front seven, led by star defensive end Vic Beasley (12 sacks), will wreak enough havoc on Miller to give the Tigers the victory.

Prediction: Clemson 41, Ohio State 34

 

Fiesta Bowl: No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 15 UCF

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 29:  Blake Bortles #5 of the Central Florida Knights passes the ball against the South Florida Bulls during the first half of the game at Bright House Networks Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

This should be another battle in which plenty of points go on the scoreboard.

While Baylor's Bryce Petty has gotten well-deserved attention for putting up stupendous numbers in 2013 (30 touchdowns to just two interceptions), his counterpart Blake Bortles garners considerable hype for leading the Knights to their own maiden BCS appearance.

Bortles, should he decide to forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL draft, has the physical tools and chops to be the first quarterback selected:

Both of these signal-callers possess underrated mobility, too. This contest should come down to defense, and while UCF allows fewer points per game, its unit has also not faced the caliber of competition Baylor has in the Big 12.

The Knights are 71st in the country in third-down conversion percentage defense (40.2 percent), and that will help the Bears control the ball a little better and gain the slight edge in this thriller in Glendale, Ariz. 

Prediction: Baylor 45, UCF 38

 

BCS National Championship Game: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn

The national title game should be epic, with the nation's two best teams squaring off after combining for 104 points in their conference championship triumphs.

Led by explosive running back Tre Mason and blazing fast QB Nick Marshall, Auburn has given even the most vaunted SEC defenses trouble on the ground. Florida State may have the tools to combat the Tigers, having yielded only five rushing touchdowns all season—tied for the lowest in the country.

Oh, and Marshall's counterpart, Jameis Winston, is a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy after a sensational first season under center in Tallahassee.

Winston has three strong backs behind him in Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr. and Karlos Williams, and he has a slew of weapons on the outside, including senior receivers Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene. That's not even to mention stellar tight end Nick O'Leary and 6'5" sophomore wideout Kelvin Benjamin.

The Seminoles have a serious edge with regard to assets in the passing game, and the Tigers have struggled against top quarterbacks this season—Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron and James Franklin have all had success.

That does not portend well for Gus Malzahn's Tigers to continue 2013's dream turnaround from a 3-9 record last year. Winston and Co. will be too much for Auburn to handle.

Given the dramatics the Tigers have pulled en route to an 12-1 record to this point, though, expect it to be close at the end.

 Prediction: Florida State 27, Auburn 24

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