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 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.
COMPLETE BOWL SCHEDULE
|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.