The 2013-14 college football bowl schedule is finally set, and, for the first time since 2012, the BCS National Championship game won't feature an appearance by the University of Alabama.
Bowl season kicks off on Dec. 21 with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and concludes on Jan. 6 with the 2014 BCS National Championship game. Heisman Trophy frontrunner Jameis Winston will lead the nation’s top-ranked football team, undefeated Florida State Seminoles (13-0), into a clash with the SEC Auburn Tigers (12-1). This year’s game will mark the final time that the NCAA’s current BCS system will be used to determine postseason matchups.
For Florida State, the National Championship game represents the culmination of a season marked by incredible highs, such as Winston’s rise to national prominence and the chance to win the school’s first national title since 1999, and lows, such as Winston’s sexual assault investigation.
Meanwhile, Auburn rode its now-legendary victory over Alabama in this year’ Iron Bowl into an impressive win over Missouri in the SEC Championship game. The Tigers’ top-ranked rushing offense is the perfect foil to the Seminoles’ high-flying, pass-heavy attack.
Still, this year’s National Championship game is just one in what promises to be a series of entertaining college football bowl games. Nick Saban’s fired-up Alabama squad will face Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and they will look to finish their disappointing 2013-14 season on a positive note. Other intriguing matchups include Missouri vs. Oklahoma State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, Ohio State vs. Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl, and Baylor vs. Central Florida in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
A full 2013-14 college football bowl schedule can be found below, including when and where to watch each game on television.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl—Washington State vs. Colorado State (2 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl—Fresno State vs. USC (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl—Buffalo vs. San Diego State (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl—Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl—East Carolina vs. Ohio (2 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl—Boise State vs. Oregon State (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl—Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl—Utah State vs. Northern Illinois (9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman—Marshall vs. Maryland (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Texas Bowl—Syracuse vs. Minnesota (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Fight Hunger Bowl—BYU vs. Washington (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
New Era Pinstripe Bowl—Rutgers vs. Notre Dame (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Belk Bowl—Cincinnati vs. North Carolina (3:20 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Russell Athletic Bowl—Miami vs. Louisville (6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl—Michigan vs. Kansas State (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl—Middle Tennessee vs. Navy (11:45 a.m. ET, ESPN)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl—Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech (3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Valero Alamo Bowl—Oregon vs. Texas (6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN)
National University Holiday Bowl—Arizona State vs. Texas Tech (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
AdvoCare V100 Bowl—Arizona vs. Boston College (12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Hyundai Sun Bowl—Virginia Tech vs. UCLA (2 p.m. ET, CBS)
AutoZone Liberty Bowl—Rice vs. Mississippi State (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Chick-fil-A Bowl—Duke vs. Texas A&M (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl—Nebraska vs. Georgia (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN 2)
Heart of Dallas Bowl—UNLV vs. North Texas (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
Capital One Bowl—Wisconsin vs. South Carolina (1 p.m. ET, ABC)
Outback Bowl—Iowa vs. LSU (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Rose Bowl Presented By Vizio—Stanford vs. Michigan State (5 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl—UFC vs. Baylor (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Allstate Sugar Bowl—Oklahoma vs. Alabama (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Discover Orange Bowl—Clemson vs. Ohio State (TBD, ESPN)
AT&T Cotton Bowl—Oklahoma State vs. Missouri (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX)
BBVA Compass Bowl—Vanderbilt vs. Houston (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
GoDaddy Bowl—Arkansas State vs. Ball State (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Vizio BCS National Championship—Florida State vs. Auburn (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...