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Bowl Schedule 2013-14: When and Where to Catch Remaining Slate of Matchups
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The college football bowl season is in full swing, and there are still a number of games to catch with just a couple of weeks remaining.

There have already been a couple of exciting games during this year's bowl season.  Things got off to a thrilling start in the New Mexico Bowl, with Colorado State pulling off an incredible comeback after two late fumbles from Washington State to win, 48-45.  Despite all of the coaching changes over the past few weeks, USC had no problem taking down Derek Carr and Fresno State, winning, 45-20.

Bowl season has already gotten off to a great start, so let's take a look at the remaining games for the 2013 season, followed by a preview of some of the most exciting upcoming matchups.

2013-14 Bowl Schedule
Date Time (ET) Bowl Matchup Watch
Jan. 6 8:30 p.m. BCS Title Florida State vs. Auburn ESPN
Jan. 5 9 p.m. GoDaddy Ball State vs. Arkansas State ESPN
Jan. 4 1 p.m. BBVA Compass Houston vs. Vanderbilt ESPN
Jan. 3 8 p.m. Cotton Oklahoma State vs. Missouri FOX
Jan. 3 8:30 p.m. Orange Clemson vs. Ohio State ESPN
Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. Sugar Alabama vs. Oklahoma ESPN
Jan. 1 Noon Gator Nebraska vs. Georgia ESPN2
Jan. 1 Noon Heart of Dallas UNLV vs. North Texas ESPNU
Jan. 1 1 p.m. Capital One Wisconsin vs. South Carolina ABC
Jan. 1 1 p.m. Outback Iowa vs. LSU ESPN
Jan. 1 5 p.m. Rose Michigan State vs. Stanford ESPN
Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. Fiesta Baylor vs. UCF ESPN
Dec. 31 12:30 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Boston College vs. Arizona ESPN
Dec. 31 2 p.m. Sun Virginia Tech vs. UCLA CBS
Dec. 31 4 p.m. Liberty Rice vs. Mississippi State ESPN
Dec. 31 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Duke vs. Texas A&M ESPN
Dec. 30 11:45 a.m. Armed Forces Middle Tennessee vs. Navy ESPN
Dec. 30 3:15 p.m. Music City Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss ESPN
Dec. 30 6:45 p.m. Alamo Texas vs. Oregon ESPN
Dec. 30 10:15 p.m. Holiday Texas Tech vs. Arizona State ESPN
Dec. 28 Noon Pinstripe Notre Dame vs. Rutgers ESPN
Dec. 28 3:20 p.m. Belk North Carolina vs. Cincinnati ESPN
Dec. 28 6:45 p.m. Russell Athletic Miami (FL) vs. Louisville ESPN
Dec. 28 10:15 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Kansas State vs. Michigan ESPN
Dec. 27 2:30 p.m. Military Maryland vs. Marshall ESPN
Dec. 27 6 p.m. Texas Syracuse vs. Minnesota ESPN
Dec. 27 9:30 p.m. Fight Hunger Washington vs. BYU ESPN
Dec. 26 6 p.m. Little Caesars Pizza Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green ESPN
Dec. 26 9:30 p.m. Poinsettia Utah State vs. Northern Illinois ESPN

 

Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Oregon

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Date: Dec. 30

Time: 6:45 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

It's been a wild season for both the Texas Longhorns and Oregon Ducks, but these are two entertaining teams that will play in what will be a very fun game to watch.

Longhorns head coach Mack Brown will be coaching his final game for Texas, as he will be stepping down after going just 8-4 this season and not meeting the expectations of Longhorns fans or the school.  According to Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, however, it appears that Brown was reportedly forced out by Texas president Bill Powers.

For the Ducks, they came into the season with hopes of a national championship, and they were well on their way with an 8-0 start.  But a 2-2 finish with losses to Stanford and Arizona killed those chances, and the team has struggled quite a bit since its hot start.

All eyes will be on the Oregon offense, led by Marcus Mariota, as it ranks third in the nation in scoring, averaging 46.8 points per game.  Even though he's struggled the past few games, Mariota has still put up nearly 4,000 total yards with 39 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season.

It will be up to the Longhorns defense to keep Oregon in check. If they can do that, then they will have a chance to pull off the major upset and end Brown's coaching career with Texas on a high note.

 

Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford

Date: Jan. 1

Time: 5 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

While all of the BCS bowl games will have some very interesting matchups, perhaps the best game will be between the Michigan State Spartans and the Stanford Cardinal.

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The Cardinal have have had a couple of bumps in the road this season with losses to Utah and USC, but overall they've had a very solid season with wins over Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State to go 11-2 this year.  They've relied heavily on Tyler Gaffney offensively, as he's carried the ball 306 times for 1,618 yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

In what has arguably been one of the best seasons in Michigan State history, the Spartans are the Big Ten champions thanks to a 12-1 record and a 34-24 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the conference championship game.  They didn't have the toughest competition this year, but they still have one of the best defenses in the country, allowing just 12.7 points per game.

These are two very similar teams, as they both focus on a balanced offensive attack, along with strong defenses, which is what will make this game so much fun to watch.  It may not be the highest-scoring game, but there's a very good chance that it goes down to the wire.

 

Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina

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Date: Jan. 1

Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: ABC

The SEC is clearly the better conference than the Big Ten, but that doesn't make this game any less exciting with the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the South Carolina Badgers.

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Although they lost, 31-24, to the Penn State Nittany Lions in their last game of the season, the Badgers still went 9-3 with some solid wins over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Iowa Hawkeyes and BYU Cougars.  They rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 14.8 points per game, and eighth in rushing offense with 283 yards per game.

The Badgers have two terrific running backs in Melvin Gordon and James White.  The two have combined for 2,803 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 7.2 yards per carry.

Both Gordon and White will have to look out for the Gamecocks, however.  Their defense has allowed 142.3 rushing yards per game and has one of the best defensive players in the country in Jadeveon Clowney, who can turn the tide of any game.

The Gamecocks have had a tough schedule, but they're still 10-2 with wins over Missouri and Clemson.  Connor Shaw has continued to be a playmaker under center, putting up 2,646 total yards and 32 total touchdowns on the year.  Mike Davis has also been great out of the backfield, running for 1,134 yards and 11 scores of his own.

There are a lot of star players on both of these teams, and while the Gamecocks are the favorites to win, there's likely going to be a ton of big running plays coming from both teams.

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