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

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

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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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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