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Bowl Schedule 2013-14: TV Schedule, Start Times, Predictions for Upcoming Games

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 23:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws the ball during the game against the Memphis Tigers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIDecember 23, 2013

In celebration of the final season of the BCS, fans will be rewarded with more than their fair share of exciting college football to close out the 2013-14 season.

The bowl season began on Dec. 21 and will close on Jan. 6 when Auburn and Florida State square off in the BCS National Championship Game. While the title game figures to be a compelling matchup, there are several games in between then and now that will also entertain.

With so many bowl games in so short a time, it can be easy to lose track of the games. Below is a full table of viewing information, as well as a prediction as to what team will come out on top in each of the bowl games.

Bowl GameTeamsDate/TimeTV Predicted Winner
Beef 'O' Brady's St. PetersburgEast Carolina vs. OhioDec. 23 @ 2 p.m.ESPNEast Carolina
Sheraton HawaiiBoise St. vs. Oregon St.Dec. 24 @ 8 p.m.ESPNBoise St.
Little Caesars PizzaPittsburgh vs. Bowling GreenDec. 26 @ 6 p.m.ESPNBowling Green
S.D. County Credit Union PoinsettiaUtah St. Vs. Northern IllinoisDec. 26 @ 9:30 p.m.ESPNNorthern Illinois
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanMarshall vs. MarylandDec. 27 @ 2:30 p.m.ESPNMaryland
TexasSyracuse vs. MinnesotaDec. 27 @ 6 p.m.ESPNMinnesota
Fight HungerBYU vs. WashingtonDec. 27 @ 9:30 p.m.ESPNWashington
New Era PinstripeRutgers vs. Notre DameDec. 28 @ NoonESPNNotre Dame
BelkCincinnati vs. North CarolinaDec. 28 @ 3:20 p.m.ESPNCincinnati
Russell AthleticLouisville vs. MiamiDec. 28 @ 6:45 p.m.ESPNLouisville
Buffalo Wild WingsKansas St. vs. MichiganDec. 28 @ 10:15 p.m.ESPNMichigan
Bell Helicopter Armed ForcesMiddle Tennessee vs. NavyDec. 30 @ 11:45 a.m.ESPNNavy
Franklin American Mortgage Music CityOle Miss vs. Georgia TechDec. 30 @ 3:15 p.m.ESPNOle Miss
Valero AlamoTexas vs. OregonDec. 30 @ 6:45 p.m.ESPNOregon
National University HolidayTexas Tech vs. Arizona St.Dec. 30 @ 10:15 p.m.ESPNArizona St.
AdvoCare V100Boston College vs. ArizonaDec. 31 @ 12:30 p.m.ESPNBoston College
Hyundai SunVirginia Tech vs. UCLADec. 31 @ 2 p.m.CBSUCLA
AutoZone LibertyRice vs. Mississippi St.Dec. 31 @ 4 p.m.ESPN

Mississippi St.

Chick-fil-ADuke vs. Texas A&MDec. 31 @ 8 p.m.ESPNTexas A&M
TaxSlayer.com GatorGeorgia vs. NebraskaJan. 1 @ NoonESPN2Nebraska
Heart of DallasNorth Texas vs. UNLVJan. 1 @ NoonESPNUUNLV
Capital OneWisconsin vs. South CarolinaJan. 1 @ 1 p.m.ABCWisconsin
OutbackLSU vs. IowaJan. 1 @ 1 p.m.ESPNLSU
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIOMichigan St. vs. StanfordJan. 1 @ 5 p.m.ESPNMichigan St.
Tostitos FiestaBaylor vs. UCFJan. 1 @ 8:30 p.m.ESPNBaylor
Allstate SugarAlabama vs. OklahomaJan. 2 @ 8:30 p.m.ESPNAlabama
Discover OrangeClemson vs. Ohio St.Jan. 3 @ TBDESPNClemson
AT&T CottonMissouri vs. Oklahoma St.Jan. 3 @ 7:30 p.m.FOXMissouri
BBA CompassHouston vs. VanderbiltJan. 4 @ 1 p.m.ESPNHouston
GoDaddyArkansas St. vs. Ball St.Jan. 5 @ 9 p.m.ESPNBall St.
VIZIO BCS National ChampionshipFlorida St. vs. AuburnJan. 6 @ 8:30 p.m.ESPNFlorida St.

 

Valero Alamo Bowl

AUSTIN, TX - DECEMBER 15: University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown speaks at a press conference December 15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Brown announced that he will step down as coach after the Valero Alamo Bowl game against Oregon on December 30. (
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In Texas head coach Mack Brown's final game with the Longhorns, the Oregon Ducks will be looking to squash his team's hopes of sending Brown off with a victory.

Case McCoy struggled in his last game against Baylor, and he'll need to be nearly flawless against the Ducks. Texas needs to limit Oregon's opportunities to score, and turning the ball over will result in even more chances to punch the ball into the end zone.

The last thing McCoy and Co. need to do is give Marcus Mariota a short field following a takeaway. The Oregon offense is too potent to not capitalize on that field position.

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 07:  Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns throws the ball against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Texas will also need both Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown to step up on the ground. Both runners amassed 700 yards this season, and both will need to remain consistent at moving the chains. The Longhorns offense can't function if it has to rely on McCoy, so having capable rushers is key.

This game will be exciting given the brevity of the situation for Texas and Oregon's potent offense, but I think the Ducks will be too much to handle.

 

Russell Athletic Bowl

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 23:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws the ball during the game against the Memphis Tigers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

In Teddy Bridgewater's final audition for NFL scouts before the combine, Louisville will face a Miami Hurricanes defense that has allowed at least 26 points in each of its last six games.

Bridgewater was spectacular this season, passing for over 3,500 yards with 28 touchdowns. Several analysts have pegged him as the No. 1 player available in the draft, but Bridgewater still isn't sure if he'll commit to the NFL just yet.

The junior quarterback could choose to forego his senior season and take his talents to the gridiron with a strong showing against Miami, though, as a big-time performance would nearly ensure his status as the No. 1 overall selection.

At the very least, it would guarantee him the opportunity of being the first quarterback taken on draft day. These sentiments alone make the game exciting to watch, as it could influence the futures of both Bridgewater and several NFL franchises.

Because Louisville has that type of talent under center, it's hard to pick against them. Miami has lost three of five, and the Cardinals will handle them easily.

 

Capital One Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a first quarter touchdown with James White #20 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1,
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Wisconsin may be coming off a loss to Penn State, but their offensive attack will be too much for South Carolina to slow down in the Capital One Bowl.

Aside from quarterback Joel Stave in the air, the Badgers boast two 1,000-yard rushers in Melvin Gordon and James White. Gordon averaged 8.1 yards per carry this season en route to 1,466 yards and 12 touchdowns, while White averaged 6.4 yards per rush for 1,337 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Stopping that two-headed monster will be of the utmost importance for South Carolina and their 14th-ranked defense. Limiting their yards after contact will be key, and dropping them behind the line of scrimmage when the opportunities present themselves will go a long way in the battle for field position.

The Gamecocks also need to keep in mind that Stave can burn them through the air if he establishes the run game early, so executing right from the start should be a goal for South Carolina.

Wisconsin's run game has been too strong this season to pick against them in this matchup, though.

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