Free Guide and Complete Schedule to 2012 College Bowl Games

Free Guide and Complete Schedule to 2012 College Bowl Games   Though the mere thought of digesting 35 different bowl games in just 24 days may sound overwhelming and downright nauseating, it shouldn’t. Rather, it should be celebrated. Over the next several weeks, bowl games will be on TVs in the background at several of your family gatherings, company holiday parties and various ventures into sports bars and second-tier chain restaurants across the country. So don’t be just another casual fan commenting on the mascots’ dances and a quarterback’s unique haircut Be the expert.     Here is the full schedule:

BCS Games

BCS National Championship Game, Notre Dame vs. Alabama January 7, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio, Stanford vs. Wisconsin    January 1, 4 p.m., ESPN

Discover Orange Bowl, Florida State vs. Northern Illinois   January 1, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl, Florida vs. Louisville   January 2, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Kansas State vs. Oregon   January 3, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Here’s a bit of what to look for in this year’s 35 bowl games:


Fiesta Bowl, Oregon vs. Kansas State, Jan. 3, Glendale, Ariz. For the second straight year, the Fiesta Bowl has a matchup that could be 1A to the national title game. The Ducks and Wildcats were national title contenders just a few weeks ago and have two of the nation’s most dynamic players in running back Kenjon Barner and K-State QB Collin Klein.

Rose Bowl, Stanford vs. Wisconsin, Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif. There might be a collision or two between these two power programs.

Cotton Bowl, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, Jan. 4, Arlington, Texas. Johnny Heisman and Landry Jones could combine for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs on their own.

Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Florida State, Jan. 1, Miami. Just to see if the BCS-busting Huskies do actually belong.

New Mexico Bowl, Nevada vs. Arizona, Dec. 15, Albuquerque. Two of the nation’s best scoring offenses against two of the nation’s worst scoring defenses. The bowl season will kick off with fireworks.



0.0404_Points by which Northern Illinois got into the coveted top 16 of the BCS standings.

1_Bowl game for Louisiana-Monroe in its history after being selected to face Ohio in the Independence Bowl.

9_Wins by Louisiana Tech, which was left out of the bowl season after failing to meet a deadline with the Independence Bowl and wasn’t pick for another bowl.

10.33_Points per game allowed by Notre Dame, best in the country. Alabama is No. 2 at 10.69.

18_Years since Duke’s last bowl appearance. The Blue Devils will face Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27 in Charlotte.

173.08_Passing efficiency by Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, best in the country.

383.33_Yards of total offense by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, second nationally.

578.75_Yards per game by Baylor’s offense, tops in FBS.


A year ago, oddsmakers were predicting a tight BCS championship game, opening with a spread of one point between LSU and Alabama.

They’re looking for a little more lopsided game this year, with the Crimson Tide opening as a 7 1-2-point favorite over Notre Dame on the Glantz-Culver Line.

The closest game was one point between UCLA and Baylor in the Holiday Bowl and the highest opening spread was the Heart of Dallas Bowl, where Oklahoma State was giving up 18 points to Purdue.

>Despite predictions of a close game, the Holiday Bowl has the highest over/under of 79 1-2 points between UCLA and Baylor. Could be fun to watch if they live up to the prediction.




Bowl Teams Spread Date, Time (ET) Panel Pick Our Pick Watchability
New Mexico (Albuquerque) Nevada-Arizona Arizona -8 Dec. 15, 1, ESPN Arizona Arizona 6.57
Idaho Potato (Boise) Toledo-Utah State Utah State -9 Dec. 15, 4:30, ESPN Utah State Utah State 6.57
Poinsettia (San Diego) BYU-San Diego State BYU -3 Dec. 20, 8, ESPN BYU BYU 4.86
Beef O’Brady’s (St. Pete.) Ball State-UCF UCF -7.5 Dec. 21, 7:30, ESPN UCF UCF 4
Las Vegas Boise State-Washington Boise State -6.5 Dec. 22, 3:30, ESPN Boise State Boise State 5.29
New Orleans ULL-East Carolina ULL -4.5 Dec. 22, noon, ESPN ULL ULL 5
Hawaii (Honolulu) Fresno State-SMU Fresno State -12 Dec. 24, 8, ESPN Fresno State Fresno State 4.71
Little Caesars (Detroit) CMU-WKU WKU -7 Dec. 26, 7:30, ESPN WKU WKU 5
Military (D.C.) Bowling Green-SJSU San Jose State -7.5 Dec. 27, 3, ESPN SJSU SJSU 5.14
Belk (Charlotte) Cincinnati-Duke Cincinnati -10 Dec. 27, 6:30, ESPN Cincy Cincy 5.29
Holiday (San Diego) UCLA-Baylor Even Dec. 27, 9:45, ESPN Baylor UCLA 8.29
Independence (Shreve.) Ohio-ULM ULM -6.5 Dec. 28, 2, ESPN ULM ULM 6.14
Russell Athletic (Orlando) Rutgers-Virginia Tech Virginia Tech -1.5 Dec. 28, 5:30, ESPN VT Rutgers 4
Meineke (Houston) Texas Tech-Minnesota Texas Tech -13 Dec. 28, 9, ESPN Texas Tech Texas Tech 2.86
Buffalo Wild Wings (PHX) TCU-Michigan State Even Dec. 29, 10:15, ESPN TCU MSU 5.14
Armed Forces (Ft. Worth) Air Force-Rice Air Force -1.5 Dec. 29, 11:45 a.m., ESPN Air Force Rice 3.43
Pinstripe (New York) Syracuse-West Virginia West Virginia -3.5 Dec. 29, 3:15, ESPN WVU Cuse 7
Kraft (San Francisco) Arizona State-Navy N/A Dec. 29, 4, ESPN2 Arizona State Arizona State 4.86
Alamo (San Antonio) Oregon State-Texas Oregon State -1 Dec. 29, 6:45, ESPN Oregon State Oregon State 7
Sun (El Paso) USC-Georgia Tech N/A Dec. 31, 2, CBS USC USC 5
Liberty (Memphis) Tulsa-Iowa State Tulsa -2.5 Dec. 31, 3:30, ESPN Split ISU 4.86
Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) LSU-Clemson LSU -3.5 Dec. 31, 7:30, ESPN LSU LSU 8.43
Music City (Nashville) N.C. State-Vanderbilt Vanderbilt -5.5 Dec. 31, noon, ESPN Vandy Vandy 4.71
Capital One (Orlando) Georgia-Nebraska Georgia -9.5 Jan. 1, 1, ABC UGA UGA 5.71
Outback (Tampa) South Carolina-Michigan South Carolina -5 Jan. 1, 1, ESPN SC SC 6.86
Rose (Pasadena) Stanford-Wisconsin Stanford -6.5 Jan. 1, 5, ESPN SU SU 6.71
Orange (Miami) Florida State-NIU Florida State -13.5 Jan. 1, 8:30, ESPN FSU FSU 7.29
Gator (Jacksonville) Northwestern-Mississippi State Mississippi State -2 Jan. 1, noon, ESPN2 MSU UN 5.71
Heart of Dallas Oklahoma State-Purdue Oklahoma State -18 Jan. 1, noon, ESPNU OSU OSU 4.86
Sugar (New Orleans) Florida-Louisville Florida -14.5 Jan. 2, 8:30, ESPN Florida Florida 5.57
Fiesta (Glendale, AZ) Kansas State-Oregon Oregon -8 Jan. 3, 8:30, ESPN Oregon K-State 9.43
Cotton (Arlington) Texas A&M-Oklahoma N/A Jan. 4, 8, FOX A&M OU 9.43
BBVA Compass (B’ham) Ole Miss-Pitt N/A Jan. 5, 1, ESPN Ole Miss Pitt 5.14
GoDaddy (Mobile, AL) Kent State-Arkansas State Even Jan. 6, 9, ESPN ASU KSU 6.86
BCS National Championship (Miami) Notre Dame-Alabama Alabama -9.5 Jan. 7, 8:30, ESPN Bama Bama 9.43
Bowl Teams Date, Time (ET) Panel Pick Adv. Pick Watchability

That right there is a mess.

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