BCS Rankings 2012: Complete Standings, Bowl Game Matchups and More

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIDecember 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide motions from the sidelines during the thrid quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The final BCS standings are out and bowl game pairings are set. The most exciting games of the 2012 college football season are just ahead, and fans have plenty to look forward to, with several ideal matchups set for December and January.

After a season full of surprising results, everything boils down to one more game for the top teams around the nation.

Whether a program has played consistently all year like Notre Dame or has just recently stepped up and is lucky to be in its current position like Wisconsin, the next 60 minutes of football will define each team’s season.

Here are the Week 15 BCS rankings and all the bowl game matchups for the 2012 season.

National Championship Game: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama

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For the second year in a row, the national championship game will feature two teams that have staked their reputations on their defenses. Also for the second consecutive season, one of those teams is Alabama.

Notre Dame ranks first in the nation in points per game allowed, and the Crimson Tide place second. There will not be many touchdowns in this contest, and whichever team avoids mistakes and comes through with a big play at the right time will win.

BCS Bowl Games

Fiesta Bowl: No. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 4 Oregon

There is an incredible amount of offensive talent on the field in this matchup, and fans looking for a fast-paced thriller would be wise not to miss the Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State and Oregon both have elite playmakers and defenses capable of surrendering enough points to make the veins on their coach’s foreheads visible. 

Collin Klein will account for multiple touchdowns, and Oregon will pile up rushing yards. This shootout will likely come down to which team has the ball last.


Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Florida vs. No. 21 Louisville

After Northern Illinois’ surprising inclusion in the BCS bowl picture, Louisville ends up in the Sugar Bowl this year. It has been a rocky year for the Big East, and the conference likely will not be smiling after this contest.

Florida is a heavy favorite in this matchup, and the stark difference between the SEC and the Big East will likely be on display in this game.

Orange Bowl: No. 12 Florida State vs. No. 15 Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois is a school no one expected to see in a BCS bowl this year, and their inclusion shows just how strange this season has been. Now that the Huskies are on a massive stage, they must perform up to par or risk being embarrassed.

Florida State has explosive athletes on both sides of the ball, and the ACC champions will be looking to run up the score. But the Seminoles have been less than impressive in several games this season, and Northern Illinois has already proved that it can beat the odds.

Rose Bowl: No. 6 Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Stanford was able to beat UCLA in Pasadena to earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. It then hosted the Bruins at The Farm, and after winning one more time, the Cardinal are heading right back down to the Rose Bowl to play Wisconsin.

The Badgers were given the opportunity to play for the Big Ten title because Ohio State and Penn State were ineligible, and Nebraska was a clear favorite to head west after the contest. But the Badgers routed the Cornhuskers and will carry loads of confidence with them to their third straight Rose Bowl appearance. 

All Bowl Games

Bowl Team 1 Team 2 Stadium: Location Date: Time TV
New Mexico Nevada Arizona University Stadium: Albuquerque, NM 12/15: 1:00  ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Toledo Utah State Bronco Stadium: Boise, ID 12/15: 4:30 ESPN
Poinsettia BYU San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA 12/20: 8:00 ESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's Ball State UCF Tropicana Field: St.Petersburg, FL 12/21: 7:30 ESPN
New Orleans East Carolina Louisiana-Lafayette Superdome: New Orleans, LA 12/22: Noon ESPN
Las Vegas Boise State Washington Sam Boyd Stadium: LasVegas, NV 12/22: 3:30 ESPN
Hawaii SMU Fresno State Aloha Stadium: Honolulu, HI 12/24: 8:00 ESPN
Little Caesars Central Michigan Western Kentucky Ford Field: Detroit, MI 12/26: 7:30     ESPN
Military Bowling Green San Jose State RFK Stadium: Washington, DC 12/27: 3:00 ESPN
Belk Duke Cincinnati Bank of America Stadium: Charlotte, NC 12/27: 6:30 ESPN
Holiday Baylor UCLA Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA 12/27: 9:45 ESPN
Independence Louisiana-Monroe Ohio Independence Stadium: Shreveport, LA 12/28: 2:00 ESPN
Russell Athletic Virginia Tech Rutgers Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL 12/28: 5:30 ESPN
Meineke Car Care Minnesota Texas Tech Reliant Stadium: Houston, TX 12/28: 9:00 ESPN
Armed Forces Rice Air Force Amon G. Carter Stadium: Fort Worth, TX 12/29: 11:45 a.m. ESPN
Pinstripe Syracuse West Virginia Yankee Stadium: Bronx, NY 12/29: 3:15 ESPN
Kraft Navy Arizona State AT&T Park: San Francisco, CA 12/29: 4:00 ESPN2
Alamo Texas Oregon State Alamodome: San Antonio, TX 12/29: 6:45 ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings TCU Michigan State Sun Devil Stadium: Tempe, AZ 12/29: 10:15 ESPN
Music City NC State Vanderbilt LP Field: Nashville, TN 12/31: Noon ESPN
Sun Georgia Tech USC Sun Bowl: El Paso, TX 12/31: 2:00 CBS
Liberty Tulsa Iowa State Liberty Bowl: Memphis, TN 12/31: 3:30 ESPN
Chick-fil-A Clemson LSU Georgia Dome: Atlanta, GA 12/31: 7:30 ESPN
Gator Northwestern Mississippi State Everbank Field: Jacksonville, FL 1/1: Noon ESPN2
Heart of Dallas Oklahoma State Purdue Cotton Bowl: Dallas, TX 1/1: Noon ESPNU
Outback Michigan  South Carolina Raymond James Stadium: Tampa, FL 1/1: 1:00 ESPN

Capital One

Nebraska Georgia Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL 1/1: 1:00 ABC
Cotton Oklahoma Texas A&M Cowboys Stadium: Arlington, TX 1/4: 8:00 FOX
Compass Pittsburgh Ole Miss Legion Field: Birmingham, AL 1/5: 1:00 ESPN
GoDaddy.com Kent State Arkansas State Ladd-Peebles Stadium: Mobile, AL 1/6: 9:00 ESPN

Week 15 BCS Standings

Rank Team
1 Notre Dame
2 Alabama
3  Florida
4  Oregon
5  Kansas State
6  Stanford
7  Georgia
8  LSU
9  Texas A&M
10  South Carolina
11  Oklahoma
12  Florida State
13  Oregon State
14  Clemson
15  Northern Illinois
16  Nebraska 
17  UCLA
18  Michigan
19  Boise State
20  Northwestern
21  Louisville
22  Utah State
23  Texas
24  San Jose State
25 Kent State
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