The excitement surrounding the 2013-14 college football bowl schedule makes this one of the most anticipated postseasons in the sport’s history.
With an unexpected BCS National Championship Game, several unlikely BCS matchups and plenty of non-BCS bowl action, there will be ample opportunities for potential blowouts to come to fruition.
Here is the full schedule for every 2013-14 bowl and a preview of the potentially most lopsided games.
|2013-14 Bowl Game Schedule|
|BCS Title Game||Jan. 6||Pasadena, Calif.||Florida State vs. Auburn|
|Orange||Jan. 3||Miami, Fla.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||New Orleans, La.||Alabama vs. Oklahoma|
|Fiesta||Jan. 1||Glendale, Ariz.||Baylor vs. UCF|
|Rose||Jan. 1||Pasadena, Calif.||Michigan State vs. Stanford|
|GoDaddy.com||Jan. 5||Mobile, Ala.||Ball State vs. Ark. State|
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 4||Birmingham, Ala.||Vanderbilt vs. Houston|
|Cotton||Jan. 3||Arlington, Tex.||Oklahoma State vs. Missouri|
|Outback||Jan. 1||Tampa, Fla.||Iowa vs. LSU|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||Orlando, Fla.||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Dallas, Tex.||UNLV vs. North Texas|
|Gator||Jan. 1||Jacksonville, Fla.||Nebraska vs. Georgia|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||Atlanta, Ga.||Duke vs. Texas A&M|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||Memphis, Tenn.||Rice vs. Miss. State|
|Sun||Dec. 31||El Paso, Tex.||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA|
|AdvoCare V100 Independence||Dec. 31||Shreveport, La.||Arizona vs. Boston College|
|Holiday||Dec. 30||San Diego, Calif.||Arizona State vs. Texas Tech|
|Alamo||Dec. 30||San Antonio, Tex.||Texas vs. Oregon|
|Music City||Dec. 30||Nashville, Tenn.||Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss|
|Armed Forces||Dec. 30||Fort Worth, Tex.||Middle Tennessee St. vs. Navy|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Dec. 28||Phoenix, Ariz.||Kansas State vs. Michigan|
|Russell Athletic||Dec. 28||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. Miami (FL)|
|Belk||Dec. 28||Charlotte, N.C.||Cincinnati vs. North Carolina|
|Pinstripe||Dec. 28||New York, N.Y.||Notre Dame vs. Rutgers|
|Fight Hunger||Dec. 27||San Francisco, Calif.||Washington vs. BYU|
|Texas||Dec. 27||Houston, Tex.||Syracuse vs. Minnesota|
|Military||Dec. 27||Annapolis, Md.||Maryland vs. Marshall|
|Poinsettia||Dec. 26||San Diego, Calif.||Utah State vs. Northern Illinois|
|Little Caesars||Dec. 26||Detroit, Mich.||Bowling Green vs. Pittsburgh|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||Honolulu, Hawaii||Oregon State vs. Boise State|
|Beef O'Brady's||Dec. 23||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Ohio vs. East Carolina|
|New Orleans||Dec. 21||New Orleans, La.||La.-Lafayette vs. Tulane|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Dec. 21||Boise, Idaho||Buffalo vs. San Diego State|
|Las Vegas||Dec. 21||Las Vegas, Nev.||Fresno State vs. USC|
|New Mexico||Dec. 21||Albuquerque, N.M.||Colorado State vs. Washington State|
|Source: Jerry Palm of CBS Sports|
No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2, 7-2 Big 12)
The Alabama Crimson Tide were unquestionably the best team in the nation coming into the Iron Bowl matchup with the Auburn Tigers, but a devastating last-second loss killed the program’s BCS Championship hopes.
All of Alabama’s frustration will be taken out on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.
The Sooners are coming off a huge win over Oklahoma State and have won three straight games. As well as Oklahoma has played against Big 12 competition, the program has faltered in the biggest matchups. In the game against the No. 6 Baylor Bears on Nov. 9, the Sooners were blown out 41-12.
The Crimson Tide are much better than Baylor.
Not only does Alabama boast a dynamic balanced offense that averages 38.8 points per game, but the program also has the nation’s second-best defensive unit, allowing only 11.3 points per game.
Led by senior quarterback AJ McCarron and head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide have the big-game experience to secure another marquee bowl victory.
Predicted Final Score: Alabama 40, Oklahoma 20
No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies (8-4, 4-4 SEC) vs. No. 24 Duke Blue Devils (10-3, 6-2 ACC)
The Duke Blue Devils deserve immense credit for making it to the Chick-fil-A bowl, but the program will be utterly dismantled by a Texas A&M team looking to prove a point to the rest of the SEC and to college football in general.
As good as Duke is, the team will be blown out by the Aggies.
Texas A&M is coming off back-to-back losses to two of the best teams in the nation—beaten by LSU and Missouri, respectively—and star quarterback Johnny Manziel doesn’t want his sophomore season to end that way.
Manziel has been one of the most dynamic players in the sport over the last two seasons. A matchup against a Blue Devils defense that is ranked 47th in the nation allowing 24.7 points per game is the perfect way to get back on track.
Duke had won eight games in a row before losing to No. 1 Florida State last week, but the majority of the competition it has faced were mediocre ACC foes. The Aggies have played in the tough SEC all season and will give the Blue Devils a taste of what hard-nosed football is all about.
Predicted Final Score: Texas A&M 45, Duke 21
No. 10 Oregon Ducks (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) vs. Texas Longhorns (8-4, 7-2 Big 12)
The Oregon Ducks faltered down the stretch after a red-hot start to the season, losing two of its last four games and barely pulling out a win over Oregon State. Instead of continuing to fail, the program will square off against the lackluster Texas Longhorns.
Texas shouldn’t even be in the Alamo Bowl with four losses. Besides a win over Oklahoma earlier in the season, the Longhorns have lost to every ranked team they have faced.
Not only are the Ducks ranked 10th, but they are also one of the most dynamic teams in the country when the offense is playing well. Quarterback Marcus Mariota will look to end his season on a positive note, and a matchup against the 56th-ranked Longhorns defense is the perfect recipe for success.
Add in the likely turmoil at the head coach position with Mack Brown’s possible resignation, per Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, and Texas will be no match for Oregon.
Predicted Final Score: Oregon 42, Texas 18