The college football bowl schedule is to football fanatics a bountiful feast upon which to harvest during the winter holiday season.
With 35 amazing games packed into 17 days, it's almost too much football.
Actually, never mind. If we're being honest, it's the perfect way to cap off what's been an amazing season of college football. This Smörgåsbord of gridiron goodness will satisfy even the most rabid sports fan.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch every game, along with predictions for each one:
|BCS Title Game||Jan. 6||8:30 p.m.||Florida State vs. Auburn||Florida State|
|Orange||Jan. 3||8:30 p.m.||Clemson vs. Ohio State||Ohio State|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||Alabama vs. Oklahoma||Alabama|
|Fiesta||Jan. 1||8:30 p.m.||Baylor vs. UCF||Baylor|
|Rose||Jan. 1||5 p.m.||Michigan State vs. Stanford||Michigan State|
|GoDaddy.com||Jan. 5||9 p.m.||Ball State vs. Ark. State||Ball State|
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 4||1 p.m.||Vanderbilt vs. Houston||Houston|
|Cotton||Jan. 3||7:30 p.m.||Oklahoma State vs. Missouri||Missouri|
|Outback||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||Iowa vs. LSU||LSU|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina||South Carolina|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Noon||UNLV vs. North Texas||UNLV|
|Gator||Jan. 1||Noon||Nebraska vs. Georgia||Georgia|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||8 p.m.||Duke vs. Texas A&M||Texas A&M|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||4 p.m.||Rice vs. Miss. State||Rice|
|Sun||Dec. 31||2 p.m.||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA||UCLA|
|AdvoCare V100 Independence||Dec. 31||12:30 p.m.||Arizona vs. Boston College||Arizona|
|Holiday||Dec. 30||10:15 p.m.||Arizona State vs. Texas Tech||Arizona State|
|Alamo||Dec. 30||6:45 p.m.||Texas vs. Oregon||Oregon|
|Music City||Dec. 30||3:15 p.m.||Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss||Ole Miss|
|Armed Forces||Dec. 30||11:45 p.m.||Middle Tennessee St. vs. Navy||Navy|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Dec. 28||10:15 p.m.||Kansas State vs. Michigan||Michigan|
|Russell Athletic||Dec. 28||6:45 p.m.||Louisville vs. Miami (FL)||Louisville|
|Belk||Dec. 28||3:20 p.m.||Cincinnati vs. North Carolina||Cincinnati|
|Pinstripe||Dec. 28||Noon||Notre Dame vs. Rutgers||Notre Dame|
|Fight Hunger||Dec. 27||9:30 p.m.||Washington vs. BYU||BYU|
|Texas||Dec. 27||6 p.m.||Syracuse vs. Minnesota||Syracuse|
|Military||Dec. 27||2:30 p.m.||Maryland vs. Marshall||Maryland|
|Poinsettia||Dec. 26||9:30 p.m.||Utah State vs. Northern Illinois||Utah State|
|Little Caesars||Dec. 26||6 p.m.||Bowling Green vs. Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Oregon State vs. Boise State||Boise State|
|Beef O'Brady's||Dec. 23||2 p.m.||Ohio vs. East Carolina||Ohio|
|New Orleans||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||La.-Lafayette vs. Tulane||Tulane|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Dec. 21||5:30 p.m.||Buffalo vs. San Diego State||Buffalo|
|Las Vegas||Dec. 21||3:30 p.m.||Fresno State vs. USC||USC|
|New Mexico||Dec. 21||2 p.m.||Colorado State vs. Washington State||Colorado State|
2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will lead the Florida State Seminoles against Nick Marshall, Tre Mason and the Auburn Tigers in the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game—the grand finale of the 35-game bowl schedule.
As pointed out by ESPN's SportsCenter, Winston will be the ninth Heisman winner to play in a BCS National Championship Game, but it hasn't worked out particularly well for the eight men who proceeded him:
Heisman Trophy winners have played in 8 BCS National Championship Games. They are 3-5 including the 2004 game which was vacated.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 15, 2013
After missing out on a title shot, Ohio State received a nice concession prize with an invite to the Orange Bowl, where the Buckeyes will take on the Clemson Tigers.
This game will feature plenty of offensive fireworks, as both teams feature top quarterbacks in Braxton Miller and Tajh Boyd, who are capable of taking games over.
Alabama was another team that had a legitimate title shot before getting knocked off by Auburn in the Iron Bowl. As the No. 2 team in the SEC, the Crimson Tide were an easy pick for the Sugar Bowl.
If you believe the oddsmakers, it could be a huge blowout victory for Nick Saban's club against Oklahoma, as noted by The SEC Logo:
Alabama is a 15-point favorite vs. Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. #SEC— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) December 17, 2013
But the Sooners weren't favored to beat their in-state rival Oklahoma State Cowboys, either, and they won impressively to close out the season.
The Fiesta Bowl should be a fantastic game, with the high-scoring Baylor Bears taking on UCF. Bryce Petty is the quarterback most fans recognize, but UCF's Blake Bortles is being hailed by at least one NFL team as a potential top-10 pick, as CollegeFootball 24/7 reports:
Michigan State and Stanford will slug it out in the Rose Bowl.
Both teams favor an old-school approach to the game, featuring punishing running games on offense and brick-wall defenses. A final score of 3-2 isn't out of the question.
There are plenty of other terrific non-BCS bowl games, too.
Oklahoma State against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl will be fun to watch. Both teams feature potent offenses and underrated defenses. NFL draftniks will be tuned in to this one, too, because of guys like Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, who are potential first-round picks.
From the opening salvo of four games on Dec. 21 to the finale in Pasadena, Calif., at the BCS National Championship Game, the schedule is packed full of big game after big game. It's going to be a blast, so soak it up as best as you can before the long offseason.
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