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Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Highlighting Must-Watch Non-BCS Games

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 09:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies waits near the bench late in the fourth quarter during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2013

Most college football fans are aware of the matchups in the five BCS games. These games get the majority of the hype and press leading into bowl season. That doesn't mean, however, that they will be the best games. 

There are going to be some epic and memorable battles waged in some of the other bowls. With 30 non-BCS bowls featuring quality teams, there is no way around that fact. Of course, some of them will be clunkers, as well. 

In an effort to help you avoid the clunkers and maximize your precious viewing time this college bowl season, I've picked the three matchups that promise to produce fantastic games. 

2013-14 Bowl Schedule
BowlTeamsDateTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Gildan New MexicoWashington St. vs. Colorado St.Dec. 212 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Royal Purple Las VegasFresno State vs. USCDec. 213:30 p.m.ABCTBD
Famous Idaho PotatoBuffalo vs. San Diego St.Dec. 215:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
R+L Carriers New OrleansTulane vs. Louisiana-LafayetteDec. 219 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's St. PetersburgEast Carolina vs. OhioDec. 232 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sheraton HawaiiBoise St. vs. Oregon St.Dec. 248 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Little Caesars PizzaPittsburgh vs. Bowling GreenDec. 266 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
S.D. County Credit Union PoinsettiaUtah St. vs. Northern IllinoisDec. 269:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop GrummanMarshall vs. MarylandDec. 272:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
TexasSyracuse vs. MinnesotaDec. 276 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fight HungerBYU vs. WashingtonDec. 279:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
New Era PinstripeRutgers vs. Notre DameDec. 28NoonESPNWatchESPN
BelkCincinnati vs. North CarolinaDec. 283:20 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Russell AthleticLouisville vs. MiamiDec. 286:45 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Buffalo Wild WingsKansas St. vs. MichiganDec. 2810:15 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Bell Helicopter Armed ForcesMiddle Tennessee vs. NavyDec. 3011:45 a.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music CityOle Miss vs. Georgia TechDec. 303:15 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Valero AlamoTexas vs. OregonDec. 306:45 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
National University HolidayTexas Tech vs. Arizona St.Dec. 3010:15 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
AdvoCare V100Boston College vs. ArizonaDec. 3112:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Hyundai SunVirginia Tech vs. UCLADec. 312 p.m.CBSTBD
AutoZone LibertyRice vs. Mississippi St.Dec. 314 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Chick-fil-ADuke vs. Texas A&MDec. 318 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
TaxSlayer.com GatorGeorgia vs. NebraskaJan. 1NoonESPN2WatchESPN
Heart of DallasNorth Texas vs. UNLVJan. 1NoonESPNUWatchESPN
Capital OneWisconsin vs. South CarolinaJan. 11 p.m.ABCTBD
OutbackLSU vs. IowaJan. 11 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIOMichigan St. vs. StanfordJan. 15 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tostitos FiestaBaylor vs. UCFJan. 18:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Allstate SugarAlabama vs. OklahomaJan. 28:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Discover OrangeClemson vs. Ohio St.Jan. 3TBDESPNWatchESPN
AT&T CottonMissouri vs. Oklahoma St.Jan. 37:30 p.m.FOXTBD
BBVA CompassHouston vs. VanderbiltJan. 41 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
GoDaddyArkansas St. vs. Ball St.Jan. 59 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
VIZIO BCS National ChampionshipFlorida St. vs. AuburnJan. 68:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Source: ESPN

 

Cotton Bowl 

Matchup: No. 8 Missouri (11-2) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2)

When: Jan. 3 on Fox at 7:30 p.m. ET

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers passes against the Auburn Tigers in the second half during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Im
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This may as well be a BCS game. Shoot, had the Missouri Tigers not fallen 59-42 to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game, they would have likely been playing for the national title. 

Oklahoma State was also in line for a bigger bowl game until it fell 33-24 to Oklahoma in its final regular season game. 

Now both teams must try to put the regrets of those losses behind them and rekindle this former Big 12 rivalry. Missouri had a wonderful year and was even able to weather an injury to starting quarterback James Franklin, who is back and playing well. Chances are he will play well in this game, too.

He will be going against a defense that is 14th in the nation in points allowed, but that defense certainly didn't look like the 14th-best in the nation while giving up 33 points to Oklahoma in its last game of the regular season.

Of course, it's not like Missouri's defense will roll in on a high note. It allowed 59 points to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.

This sets up for what will be a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair.

 

Capital One Bowl

Matchup: No. 9 South Carolina (10-2) vs. No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3)

When: Jan. 1 on ABC at 1 p.m. ET

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 30:  Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers 31-17 after their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Get
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Like the two teams I just featured, Wisconsin will enter this game off of a heartbreaking loss. The Badgers fell 31-24 to Penn State. As it turned out, with Michigan State beating Ohio State, that loss didn't cost the Badgers much in terms of their bowl positioning. They wouldn't have been in a BCS game, and this is a solid consolation prize against a tough Gamecocks team. 

South Carolina will enter this game having won five straight, and were it not for a 23-21 loss to a bad Tennessee team, the Gamecocks would be looking at a BCS game. 

Wisconsin likes to run the ball and dominate the line of scrimmage on offense and defense. That will be no easy task against Jadeveon Clowney and a Gamecocks' defense that allowed the 14th-fewest points in the nation while playing in the tough SEC. 

This sets up for what should be a relatively low-scoring team. The Gamecocks do not have a prolific offense. They are 49th in passing and 30th in the rushing.

Wisconsin is tough to run against, however, as it allowed just 1,216 yards at 3.2 yards per carry

This sets up for a hard-hitting and entertaining game.  

 

Chick-fil-A Bowl

Matchup: No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4) vs. No. 24 Duke (10-3)

When: Dec. 31 on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Anthony Boone #7 of the Duke Blue Devils passes against the Florida State Seminoles during the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter
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Love him or hate him, you'd be hard pressed to say Johnny Manziel is not fun to watch on the college football field. Although Manziel said he's undecided as to what he will do next season, there is a solid chance this will be his last college game. 

It's been an entertaining two years of football authored by Manziel. That two-year run, however, is currently on a bit of a down note. Manziel and the Aggies lost their last two games of the season to finish well below the preseason expectations. 

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner also had what were easily his worst two outings of the season during his last two times on the field. If this is indeed his last game, I have to believe Manziel is going to do everything possible to leave a more positive last impression. 

He shouldn't find too much difficulty playing against a Duke defense that allowed the 47th most points in the nation while playing in the not particularly offensively stout ACC

Duke is also just 50th in the nation in points scored, so this game could very well be a blowout. Of course, the Aggies' defense—at 89th in the nation in points scoredis terrible.

What a blast it would be to see Manziel go out in a shootout.

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