A handful of exciting bowl games have already taken place and left us with thrilling finishes, but we're just getting started in a 2013-14 college football postseason that is certain to captivate.
The matchups just get better by the day leading up to the BCS National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn on Jan. 6. Many of the nation's best schools will take to the gridiron against one another in some exciting New Year's Day spectacles, as well as a couple of notable games on other days.
Here's a look at the remaining schedule of games heading into the post-Christmas slate.
|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|
Biggest Matchups to Watch
Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
Date: Jan. 1
Time: 1 p.m. ET
One of the best games of the New Year's Day slate unfolds in Orlando, Fla., every year, and this season should produce more of the same with an enticing matchup between No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 9 South Carolina.
The 10-2 Gamecocks have won five straight to close out their regular season, including a 14-point win over then-No. 6 Clemson in their regular-season finale. If not for a road loss to Tennessee on Oct. 19, Steve Spurrier's crew would have won the SEC East thanks to a head-to-head win over Missouri.
Wisconsin had a shot at an at-large BCS bid before a Senior Day loss to Penn State, but the 9-3 Badgers are their typical, physical selves. Led by rushing duo Melvin Gordon and James White, who each have topped 1,300 yards this season, Wisconsin can run it down the throats of many teams.
That will be easier said than done against the Gamecocks. They have the SEC's second-best scoring defense, giving up an average of just 20 points per game. Their rushing defense also ranks No. 2 in the conference.
When you throw Jadeveon Clowney—the hero of New Year's Day in 2013—into the mix along with an elite defense against one of the nation's best rushing attacks, it just about does it for old-fashioned football spectators. This war in the trenches will be among the best you'll see in the postseason.
The SEC trumps the Big Ten overall, and that's not really an argument, but it's always a dogfight whenever teams from the top echelon of each conference go at it.
And since it's not a national championship game, the Big Ten will actually have a chance to win it.
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
Date: Jan. 3
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Missouri's surprise season in 2013 was so big that the Tigers earned a ticket to the SEC Championship Game with a chance to get into the national title game. Although they'll wonder what could have been, going from 5-7 to the Cotton Bowl isn't too shabby.
The Tigers' No. 8 rank in SEC run defense isn't a fair indicator of their season. One of the nation's best front sevens stifled some of the conference's best run games, but giving up 500-plus yards to Auburn will water down your season averages quite a bit.
Missouri's offense has stood tall through quarterback changes, thanks to Henry Josey's rushing success and unstoppable wideouts L'Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham. James Franklin quickly returned to midseason form late in the year after missing over a month with an injury.
On the other end of things, Oklahoma State also stayed near the top of the national rankings all season. Without a season-ending loss to Oklahoma, the Cowboys would be representing the Big 12 in the BCS as conference champs.
Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf has led a potent Oklahoma State offense that has surpassed 42 points six times this season. He should continue to have success in this one, going up against a Mizzou pass defense that ranks second-to-last in the conference.
This Cotton Bowl has all of the makings of a shootout.
BCS National Championship: Florida State vs. Auburn
Date: Jan. 6
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Nearly anyone would have looked funny at you before the season if you proposed Florida State vs. Auburn as the BCS National Championship game.
With the Tigers coming off a 3-9 season and a coaching change, their fans would have been happy to simply see progression from their team. A couple of miracles later, Auburn is one win away from winning its second national title in four years.
Who will win it all?
But it's Florida State that comes in as the team to beat. The unbeaten Seminoles disposed of their ACC slate this season in dominating fashion, as Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston carved up every defense that was put in front of him.
This game will feature a contrast of very different, yet insanely productive, offenses. Florida State's pass-happy attack has averaged 53 points per game, which ranks second in college football. The Seminoles throw for 322 yards per game on average.
Not to be outdone, Auburn's rushing offense has been tearing apart SEC defenses all season. Nick Marshall and Tre Mason lead a running game that tops the NCAA by averaging 335 yards on the ground, as the duo have combined for 33 rushing touchdowns on the season.
Whichever defense can keep up the most in this contest will help lead its team to a national championship.