BCS Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Viewing Info and Predictions for Each Contest

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BCS Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Viewing Info and Predictions for Each Contest
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The college football bowl season is now underway. There will be plenty of intriguing matchups along the way, but none as thrilling as the five BCS bowl games that will take place in January.

This year, despite a great amount of turmoil in the BCS standings, a plethora of talent will still be on display for the biggest games of the year. An array of different styles of football will be on hand—from the stout defensive style of Michigan State to Auburn's dangerous triple option.

Let's take a look at all four BCS bowl games along with the National Championship and break down the viewing information and outlook, as well as dish out some predictions for each contest.

 

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: Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney has been an absolute workhorse this season. Gaffney rushed for 1,618 yards and 20 touchdowns during the regular season. He was fantastic against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship, rushing for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

Gaffney, however, will have his hands full in this contest when he meets the top-ranked run defense of Michigan State. The Spartans are only allowing an average of 2.7 yards per rush and have only given up seven rushing touchdowns this season.

The Cardinal will need a strong performance from quarterback Kevin Hogan to counteract such a stifling run defense. Hogan has shown efficiency this season, throwing for 2,487 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Prediction: Michigan State 27, Stanford 20

 

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

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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 has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in all of college football this season. He threw for 3,844 yards, 30 touchdowns and just two interceptions over the regular season. However, it's not only Petty that controls the Bears offense. Running back Lache Seastrunk has rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 11 touchdown on the season. This is a very capable, balanced offense.

On the flip side, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles has been playing very well of late. Over his last six games of the season, Bortles passed for 11 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Scouts have been noticing his improved play, as his draft stock continues to rise. One more solid game from Bortles could solidify him as a top quarterback prospect in the 2014 NFL draft.

Prediction: Baylor 38, UCF 31

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl

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 will have his hands full against 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. McCarron will need to be as accurate as ever if he intends to finish his college career with a flourish.

The Sooners have been able to stay in games this season due to a great defense. They don't have the kind of offensive firepower that is needed to get past a stout Alabama defense. Quarterback Blake Bell and running back Brennan Clay will have to maintain a balanced offense and keep McCarron off the field to remain competitive.

Prediction: Alabama 26, Oklahoma 16

 

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: Quarterback Tajh Boyd looks to finish his college career with a solid performance against a terrible Ohio State secondary. Boyd passed for 3,473 yards this season and accumulated 38 total touchdowns. He will certainly have a good chance to shine against Ohio State's 103rd-ranked pass defense.

Ohio State will lean on the running game to keep pace with Boyd and Co. in this one. Quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde are a formidable duo on the ground, as each rushed for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Miller is a capable passer as well, and has two very reliable receivers in Philly Brown and Devin Smith at his disposal.

This game could come down to which team has the ball last.

Prediction: Ohio State 37, Clemson 30

 

VIZIO BCS National Championship

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: Two high-octane offenses face off, as Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks to cap off his fantastic Heisman-winning season with a win on college football's biggest stage. Winston accounted for over 4,000 yards of offense and 42 total touchdowns this year.

Auburn continues to utilize its dreaded triple option with quarterback Nick Marshall, running back Tre Mason and wide receiver Sammie Coates. As a team, Auburn was able to accumulate over 6,500 yards of offense using this scheme over the 2013 season.

This matchup has all of the makings of a thrilling finish to the bowl season.

Prediction: Florida State 34, Auburn 27

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