Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Previewing Biggest Potential Blowouts

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2013

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 Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup
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
Non-BCS Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup 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, and Texas will be no match for Oregon.

Predicted Final Score: Oregon 42, Texas 18


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