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Bowl schedule set!

Here is the finalized bowl schedule:

December 21, 2013 New Mexico Bowl Washington State Colorado State
December 21, 2013 Las Vegas Bowl USC Fresno State
December 21, 2013 Idaho Potato Bowl San Diego State Buffalo
December 21, 2013 New Orleans Bowl UL-Lafayette Tulane
December 23, 2013 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl Ohio East Carolina
December 24, 2013 Hawaii Bowl Boise State Oregon State
December 26, 2013 Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl Pittsburgh Bowling Green
December 26, 2013 Poinsettia Bowl Utah State Northern Illinois
December 27, 2013 Military Bowl Maryland Marshall
December 27, 2013 Texas Bowl Minnesota Syracuse
December 27, 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl Washington BYU
December 28, 2013 Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame Rutgers
December 28, 2013 Belk Bowl North Carolina Cincinnati
December 28, 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl Miami Louisville
December 28, 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan Kansas State
December 30, 2013 Armed Forces Bowl Middle Tennessee Navy
December 30, 2013 Music City Bowl Ole Miss Georgia Tech
December 30, 2013 Alamo Bowl Texas Oregon
December 30, 2013 Holiday Bowl Texas Tech Arizona State
December 31, 2013 AdvoCare Bowl Arizona Boston College
December 31, 2013 Sun Bowl UCLA Virginia Tech
December 31, 2013 Liberty Bowl Mississippi State Rice
December 31, 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl Texas A&M Duke
January 1, 2014 Gator Bowl Georgia Nebraska
January 1, 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl UNLV North Texas
January 1, 2014 Capital One Bowl South Carolina Wisconsin
January 1, 2014 Outback Bowl LSU Iowa
January 1, 2014 Rose Bowl Michigan State Stanford
January 1, 2014 Fiesta Bowl Baylor UCF
January 2, 2014 Sugar Bowl Alabama Oklahoma
January 3, 2014 Cotton Bowl Missouri Oklahoma State
January 3, 2014 Orange Bowl Clemson Ohio State
January 4, 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl Vanderbilt Houston
January 5, 2014 GoDaddy Bowl Ball State Arkansas State
January 6, 2014 BCS National Championship Florida State Auburn

A few surprises hidden in the sheer amount of bowl games this season.  Oklahoma over Oregon was an interesting choice for the Sugar Bowl.  Definitely a case of “what have you done for me lately.”  Oregon faded from the limelight over the last month, while Oklahoma pulled off the biggest win of the Big XII season and took the conference title (and BCS berth) away from hated rivals Oklahoma State.  I am not upset at this choice as I believe both teams are equally good foes for Alabama.  I think I leaned towards Oregon because they had been ranked higher all year but it doesn’t really matter now.  The only shock not to make a bowl is probably Toledo but such is life in the MAC.  If you aren’t one of the top three teams there is no guarantee you would go bowling and this was the case here.  UTSA didn’t get invited but that’s due to the fact that they are too new to the FBS that they would have required a waiver to be invited.  Look for them next year to start going to the postseason routinely.

No analysis yet.  I will do that sometime between now and the start of bowl season (December 21st FYI).  Next weekend will be the Army-Navy game on CBS.  Also, from what I have seen, at least one of the FCS quarter-final games will be shown on the specialty pack but there is a possibility to see upwards of three which would be great to see.

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