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 Game||Teams||Date/Time||TV||Predicted Winner|
|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||Cincinnati|
|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 St.|
|AdvoCare V100||Boston College vs. Arizona||Dec. 31 @ 12:30 p.m.||ESPN||Boston College|
|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|
|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||Nebraska|
|Heart of Dallas||North Texas vs. UNLV||Jan. 1 @ Noon||ESPNU||UNLV|
|Capital One||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina||Jan. 1 @ 1 p.m.||ABC||Wisconsin|
|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||Michigan St.|
|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||Clemson|
|AT&T Cotton||Missouri vs. Oklahoma St.||Jan. 3 @ 7:30 p.m.||FOX||Missouri|
|BBA Compass||Houston vs. Vanderbilt||Jan. 4 @ 1 p.m.||ESPN||Houston|
|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.|
Valero Alamo Bowl
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.
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
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
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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