Everyone is eagerly awaiting the BCS bowl games, but there are 30 other games to pay attention to as well.
Because every commercial brand seems to have its own bowl game nowadays, college football fans get to enjoy more games than they used to. For some, that's a bad thing. For collegiate football junkies, it's heaven.
With games starting as early as December 15, it's time to get familiar with what's worth watching aside from the BCS matchups.
Let's take a look at three non-BCS games that you must turn your attention to.
Chick-fil-A Bowl: No. 8 LSU vs. No. 14 Clemson
Watching Clemson's offense battle LSU's defense is reason enough to watch this game.
Just think of the talent on both units. Tajh Boyd, Andre Ellington, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins will all test the LSU defense, as will tight end Brandon Ford. Clemson's attack did benefit from a weak ACC slate, but this group is still loaded with ability.
Meanwhile, the Tigers defense is among the best coached in the country. John Chavis understands how to get the most out of his players, and his aggressive scheme fits these speedy athletes like a glove.
This game is going to be close. LSU's offense isn't ready to blow anyone away, and the Clemson defense does have speed. Clemson has enough firepower to make this one interesting, and it will be a must-watch game as BCS bowls approach.
Most people will favor the SEC's battle-tested team in this one, and I do think LSU will win eventually, but not before Clemson creates some fireworks.
Holiday Bowl: Baylor vs. No. 17 UCLA
If you haven't watched Baylor yet and you like offense, you're going to want to watch this. Elite defenses are the only units with any hope of slowing this team down, and the Bruins do not have that to their credit.
Nick Florence and Terrance Williams could make a case as the nation's most dynamic duo, and Tevin Reese isn't too bad himself. Throw in Glasco Martin's north-south running and Lache Seastrunk's home-run ability out of the backfield, and you have yourself a well-oiled offensive machine.
UCLA is no slouch, either. It may not boast the playmakers that the Bears do, but Johnathan Franklin did run for 1,700 yards this year for a reason. He's one of the nation's best ball-carriers, and rising dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley can play as well.
I like Baylor to pull the minor upset here. UCLA is allowing almost 26 points per game this year, and Baylor can flat-out score. Tune in, and watch the fireworks.
New Mexico Bowl: Nevada vs. Arizona
Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. Maybe it's just my personal preference, but I prefer to see wild, crazy shootouts in the lesser bowl games.
Why not? Who really wants to watch two sub-par teams duke it out in a defensive battle? It's no fun.
The first game of this year's bowl season certainly won't bore you. Of all the games, it's the most likely to clear 90-to-100 total points.
Arizona can air it out with Matt Scott in the pocket, but this game is really about the ball-carriers on both sides. Against two below-average defenses, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson should both have big games.
Carey is one of the best running backs in the country this year, using Arizona's spread attack to run for over six yards per carry and 20 scores. Jefferson isn't a big-play threat like that, but his 22 rushing touchdowns show you how productive he's been.
If you want to watch two teams go score for score, this one is for you. The schools' names may not jump out at you, but don't let that fool you here.
Note: All times are ET and p.m. unless noted otherwise. All games (except for the Sun Bowl and Cotton Bowl) can be streamed live at WatchESPN.
|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: Las Vegas, 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||N.C. 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||Purdue ||Oklahoma State ||Cotton Bowl: Dallas, TX||1/1: Noon||ESPNU|
|Outback||Michigan ||South Carolina||Raymond James Stadium: Tampa, FL||1/1: 1:00||ESPN|
|Nebraska ||Georgia||Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL||1/1: 1:00||ABC|
|Rose||Stanford||Wisconsin||Rose Bowl: Pasadena, CA||1/1: 5:00||ESPN|
|Orange||Northern Illinois ||Florida State||Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL||1/1: 8:30||ESPN|
|Sugar||Florida||Louisville||Superdome: New Orleans, LA||1/2: 8:30||ESPN|
|Fiesta||Oregon||Kansas State||U. of Phoenix Stadium: Glendale, AZ||1/3: 8:30||ESPN|
|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|
|National Championship||Notre Dame ||Alabama ||Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL||1/7: 8:30||ESPN|