BCS Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Viewing Info and Predictions for Top Games

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2013

Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) points to a teammate after a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium.  Baylor beat Texas Tech 63-34. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The BCS slate is slowly approaching, while fans of the collegiate gridiron game are instead forced to sit through things like the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

It will be well worth the wait.

Fans would be wise to remember that so much time between Championship Saturday and the BCS games gives the players time to heal and the coaches time to draw up great plans after extensively studying the opposition.

All in all, these factors equate to the final edition of the BCS going out with a bang.


BCS Bowl Schedule
Bowl Teams Date Time (ET) TV Live Stream Predicted Winner
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO Michigan St. vs. Stanford Jan. 1 5 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN Michigan St.
Tostitos Fiesta Baylor vs. UCF Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN Baylor
Allstate Sugar Alabama vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN Alabama
Discover Orange Clemson vs. Ohio St. Jan. 3 TBD ESPN WatchESPN Ohio St.
VIZIO BCS National Championship Florida St. vs. Auburn Jan. 6 8:30 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN Florida St.


Rose Bowl: No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Stanford

Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Josiah Price (82) celebrates with teammates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the third quarter of the 2013 Big 10 Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes  at Lucas
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In a pass-happy football world, some fans may classify this as a boring matchup.

They are robbing themselves of some quality traditional football.

Mark Dantonio's team has something to prove, as it attempts to shake the "little brother" tag often tossed around in its own state. Dantonio looks to the opposition for inspiration and says that the program is ready to take the next step, via Josh Slagter of MLive.com:

Look at what Stanford has been able to accomplish. That's their standard right now. This has to become our standard. This is the first time we've been to a BCS game, but we've climbed a ladder.

Perhaps senior safety Isaiah Lewis put it best:

We've got some guys that can play. We ain't no scrubs. Michigan State is here to stay, they're here to ball. Anybody that wants to play against us, they're going to have a dogfight on their hands.

Stanford better be ready, because this dog has a major bite. The Spartans rank No. 4 in the nation at an average of just 12.7 points allowed and tout the top-ranked run defense at an average of 2.7 yards allowed per rush.

Nov 23, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Tyler Gaffney (25) rushes for a 58 yard touchdown during the third quarter against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium. Stanford won 63-13. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Dantonio and Co. can truly earn the respect and staying power with a win over Stanford. The Cardinal are led by senior back Tyler Gaffney, who has 1,618 yards and 20 scores as a pure workhorse. He leads a rushing attack that ranks in the top 25.

The problem for the Cardinal is simple—three teams have scored 20 or more points this year on the Spartans. An Ohio State offense that still ranks in the top five only posted 24 in the Big Ten Championship.

Stanford ranks No. 40 in total offense. Simply put, the Spartans will smother the Cardinal.

Prediction: Spartans 23, Cardinal 20


Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 15 UCF

Nov 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) under center during the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Not many seem hyped for the latest iteration of the Fiesta Bowl. This is easy to say, because the Knights returned 10,000 of their allotted tickets, per Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel:

Reid Laymance of the Houston Chronicle put a sarcastic spin on the news:

While the news is not entirely shocking, it is very disappointing. UCF fans, and collegiate fans in general, should want to make the trip to watch Knights quarterback Blake Bortles play.

Bortles is slowly emerging as a top name in the 2014 NFL draft after throwing for 3,280 yards and 22 touchdowns to seven interceptions this season.

He'll do battle in a game sure to turn into a shootout with Baylor's Bryce Petty (who already shunned the NFL to return to school next year). Petty threw for 3,844 yards, 30 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013.

Perhaps Knights fans (they are out there, right?) are smart not to make the trip, because this one may get ugly early. Bortles will play just fine, but no team in the country can keep pace with Petty and the Bears—they average a nation-best 53.3 points per game.

UCF has eclipsed that point total just once in 2013.

Prediction: Bears 45, Knights 30


Follow Chris_Roling on Twitter


    Illinois Lands 5-Star Athlete Isaiah Williams

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Illinois Lands 5-Star Athlete Isaiah Williams

    Kyle Newport
    via Bleacher Report

    Email Reveals Leach Was Ready to Accept Vols Job

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Email Reveals Leach Was Ready to Accept Vols Job

    Rob Goldberg
    via Bleacher Report

    Guice Pulls Woman from Car After Crash

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Guice Pulls Woman from Car After Crash

    Timothy Rapp
    via Bleacher Report

    Tua's Dad: Finger Injury Required Surgery

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Tua's Dad: Finger Injury Required Surgery

    Web Staff
    via KHON