College football's bowl season will kick off on Dec. 21 with four games and continue for more than two weeks before concluding with the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6.
With a seemingly endless amount of matchups for fans to enjoy, there are sure to be plenty of breakout performers and surprises along the way.
Here's an early look at my picks for every bowl game this winter as well as three notable teams poised to emerge victorious.
|Gildan New Mexico||Washington St. vs. Colorado St.||Dec. 21||2 p.m.||ESPN||Colorado St.|
|Royal Purple Las Vegas||Fresno State vs. USC||Dec. 21||3:30 p.m.||ABC||Fresno State|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Buffalo vs. San Diego St.||Dec. 21||5:30 p.m.||ESPN||San Diego St.|
|R+L Carriers New Orleans||Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||ESPN||Louisiana-Lafayette|
|Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg||East Carolina vs. Ohio||Dec. 23||2 p.m.||ESPN||East Carolina|
|Sheraton Hawaii||Boise St. vs. Oregon St.||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||ESPN||Boise St.|
|Little Caesars Pizza||Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green||Dec. 26||6 p.m.||ESPN||Bowling Green|
|S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia||Utah St. vs. Northern Illinois||Dec. 26||9:30 p.m.||ESPN||Northern Illinois|
|Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman||Marshall vs. Maryland||Dec. 27||2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Maryland|
|Texas||Syracuse vs. Minnesota||Dec. 27||6 p.m.||ESPN||Minnesota|
|Fight Hunger||BYU vs. Washington||Dec. 27||9:30 p.m.||ESPN||Washington|
|New Era Pinstripe||Rutgers vs. Notre Dame||Dec. 28||Noon||ESPN||Notre Dame|
|Belk||Cincinnati vs. North Carolina||Dec. 28||3:20 p.m.||ESPN||North Carolina|
|Russell Athletic||Louisville vs. Miami||Dec. 28||6:45 p.m.||ESPN||Louisville|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Kansas St. vs. Michigan||Dec. 28||10:15 p.m.||ESPN||Michigan|
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces||Middle Tennessee vs. Navy||Dec. 30||11:45 a.m.||ESPN||Navy|
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City||Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech||Dec. 30||3:15 p.m.||ESPN||Ole Miss|
|Valero Alamo||Texas vs. Oregon||Dec. 30||6:45 p.m.||ESPN||Oregon|
|National University Holiday||Texas Tech vs. Arizona St.||Dec. 30||10:15 p.m.||ESPN||Arizona State|
|AdvoCare V100||Boston College vs. Arizona||Dec. 31||12:30 p.m.||ESPN||Arizona|
|Hyundai Sun||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA||Dec. 31||2 p.m.||CBS||UCLA|
|AutoZone Liberty||Rice vs. Mississippi St.||Dec. 31||4 p.m.||ESPN||Mississippi State|
|Chick-fil-A||Duke vs. Texas A&M||Dec. 31||8 p.m.||ESPN||Texas A&M|
|TaxSlayer.com Gator||Georgia vs. Nebraska||Jan. 1||Noon||ESPN2||Georgia|
|Heart of Dallas||North Texas vs. UNLV||Jan. 1||Noon||ESPNU||UNLV|
|Capital One||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||ABC||South Carolina|
|Outback||LSU vs. Iowa||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||ESPN||LSU|
|Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO||Michigan St. vs. Stanford||Jan. 1||5 p.m.||ESPN||Stanford|
|Tostitos Fiesta||Baylor vs. UCF||Jan. 1||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Baylor|
|Allstate Sugar||Alabama vs. Oklahoma||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Alabama|
|Discover Orange||Clemson vs. Ohio St.||Jan. 3||TBD||ESPN||Ohio State|
|AT&T Cotton||Missouri vs. Oklahoma St.||Jan. 3||7:30 p.m.||FOX||Missouri|
|BBVA Compass||Houston vs. Vanderbilt||Jan. 4||1 p.m.||ESPN||Vanderbilt|
|GoDaddy||Arkansas St. vs. Ball St.||Jan. 5||9 p.m.||ESPN||Ball St.|
|VIZIO BCS National Championship||Florida St. vs. Auburn||Jan. 6||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Florida St.|
Schedule info via ESPN.com.
Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M's season began with high hopes but wound up ending in disappointing fashion as the Aggies closed out the year with back-to-back losses at LSU and Missouri. Fortunately, Johnny Manziel and company will get one last opportunity to shine in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Duke.
The Blue Devils are coming off a 38-point loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship Game and will struggle mightily to keep pace with A&M's explosive offense.
Keep in mind that the Aggies rank fourth in the country in total yards per game and sixth in scoring offense, averaging more than 538 yards and nearly 44 points per game. Plus, Manziel is one of only nine quarterbacks in the FBS averaging more than 300 passing yards per game in 2013.
Seeing as Florida State was able to rack up 569 total yards and 45 points against this Duke defense, the Blue Devils don't stand much of a chance against the high-powered Aggies in Atlanta on New Year's Eve.
Prior to Oklahoma's wild upset win over Oklahoma State in Bedlam, Baylor was poised to miss out on the BCS again. But thanks to the Sooners, and the Bears' season-ending win over Texas, Baylor is headed to the Fiesta Bowl (its first-ever BCS bowl) as the Big 12 champion.
Art Briles' squad will be a heavy favorite against American Conference champion Central Florida in Glendale, Ariz., and for good reason.
While the Bears and Knights both finished the regular season with identical 11-1 records, it's Baylor that sports the nation's most explosive offense in 2013. Ranking first in total offense and scoring offense this season, the Bryce Petty-led unit is averaging 623.8 yards and 53.3 points per game.
FBS record watch: Baylor needs 639 yds to set record for total offense per game, FSU needs 28 pts to set record for pts in a season.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) December 10, 2013
Therefore, don't be surprised if Baylor scores 60 or more points for the seventh time this season en route to a blowout win in the desert.
Florida State Seminoles
Jameis Winston and undefeated Florida State will play for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. And although their opponent, SEC champion Auburn, is no joke, you'd be hard-pressed to bet against the mighty 'Noles.
Who wins it all?
Sure, both teams boast prolific offenses that rank toward the top of FBS in terms of yards and points. But the difference is on defense, where championships are won.
While the Seminoles rank third in the nation in total defense and tops in scoring defense, the Tigers rank 90th and 38th, respectively. Remember, Auburn surrendered 42 points its last time out against Missouri. Florida State has allowed just 34 total over its past five games.
Of course, this game is sure to feature plenty of offense. But at some point, someone's going to have to earn a stop, and Florida State is clearly better suited to stand up tall on defense.
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