Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Viewing Info and Predictions for Biggest Contests

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Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Viewing Info and Predictions for Biggest Contests
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The college football bowl season kicks off this weekend and goes through the BCS National Championship on January 6, 2014. Of the 35 games on the slate, some will be highly contested and highly anticipated.

Ten contests in particular stand out from the rest. These must-see games are sure to bring about some exciting action. Since it is absolutely imperative to tune in to these matchups, let's break down their viewing information and give some predictions for good measure.

The entire list of dates, times and channels for all 35 bowl games can be found on Fox Sports.

 

10. Chick-fil-A Bowl

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No. 24 Duke (10-3) vs. No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4)

Date: Tuesday, December 31

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Outlook: Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M offense looks to roll against a very surprising 2013 Duke team that finished the season with a 10-3 record. Manziel could post some big numbers in this one against Duke's 105th-ranked defense.

Prediction: Texas A&M 38, Duke 24

 

9. TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl

Nebraska (8-4) vs. No. 22 Georgia (8-4)

Date: Wednesday, January

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN2

Outlook: The Bulldogs are reeling after some tough late-season losses in 2013. They will look to take out frustrations on a stout, 35th-ranked Nebraska defense. That could be easier said than done for Georgia, as they will be without quarterback Aaron Murray due to a torn ACL.

Prediction: Georgia 24, Nebraska 23

 

8. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

No. 6 Baylor (11-1) vs. No. 15 Central Florida (11-1)

Date: Wednesday, January 1

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Outlook: Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty will look to cap off his tremendous season with one more win. However, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles has been playing very well of late. This has all the makings of an aerial shootout.

Prediction: Baylor 38, UCF 31

 

7. Allstate Sugar Bowl

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No. 3 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2)

Date: Thursday, January 2

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Outlook: A.J. McCarron looks to finish off his stellar college career with another bowl victory. In order to do that, he must get past an Oklahoma pass defense that is ranked 15th in the nation and is only giving up an average of 198 yards per game through the air.

Prediction: Alabama 26, Oklahoma 16

 

6. Capital One Bowl

No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) vs. No. 9 South Carolina (10-2)

Date: Wednesday, January 1

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ABC

Outlook: Wisconsin will have their hands full with Jadeveon Clowney, as the talented defensive end looks to end his college career with a bang. However, Clowney will have to battle a duo of Badgers running backs in Melvin Gordon and James White.

Prediction: South Carolina 30, Wisconsin 20

 

5. Outback Bowl

Iowa (8-4) vs. No. 16 LSU (9-3)

Date: Wednesday, January 1

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Outlook: LSU will be without quarterback Zach Mettenberger after he suffered a torn ACL in early December. This surely evens things out a bit, as Iowa's offense has been rather lackluster over the 2013 regular season. It looks as though this will be a defensive struggle between Iowa's seventh-ranked defense and LSU's 20th-ranked defense.

Prediction: LSU 17, Iowa 13

 

4. AT&T Cotton Bowl

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No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. No. 8 Missouri (11-2)

Date: Friday, January 3

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Channel: FOX

Outlook: The duo of James Franklin and Henry Josey has been fantastic for Missouri in 2013. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have not been as dynamic offensively. They will need a solid defensive performance to hang with Missouri's balanced offense.

Prediction: Missouri 31, Oklahoma State 20

 

3. Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO

No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) vs. No. 5 Stanford (11-2)

Date: Wednesday, January 1

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Outlook: This is one of the most highly anticipated matchups this bowl season. It will be a battle of strength versus strength, as Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney goes up against the top-ranked run defense of Michigan State.

Prediction: Michigan State 27, Stanford 20

 

2. Discover Orange Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 12 Clemson (10-2)

Date: Friday, January 3

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Outlook: We could have a shootout on our hands here. Tajh Boyd looks to finish his college career with a solid performance against a terrible Ohio State secondary. Ohio State will lean on the running game to keep pace with Clemson in this one.

Prediction: Ohio State 37, Clemson 30

 

1. VIZIO BCS National Championship

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No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn (12-1)

Date: Monday, January 6

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Outlook: Of course this game tops the list. Two high-octane offenses face off, as Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks to cap off his fantastic season while Auburn continues to utilize its dreaded triple option. This figures to be the most exciting matchup of the bowl season.

Prediction: Florida State 34, Auburn 27

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