College Bowl Schedule Hails Back To Beginning At The End Of BCS Era

BCS Championship Game

This year’s college bowl schedule ushers in the end of the BCS era. Whether you’re a college football fan who lauds or loves the Bowl Championship Series, one thing is undeniable: it has come full circle at the end of its 15-year run.

The once-dominant Florida State Seminoles, a college football powerhouse of the 1990s, has made its way back to the BCS Championship bowl game, which it kicked off alongside eventual champions, the Tennessee Volunteers on January 4, 1999.

Since then, the college bowl schedule has swelled from 22 games to 35, and the SEC has held court in the national title game for the better part of a decade. With Auburn scheduled to meet Florida State in the BCS Championship game, it will be eight straight years that a member school will have contended in the biggest bowl game around.

It won’t be the first time these teams meet—it won’t even be the first time in a bowl game—but it will be the first time in a long time. Try October 20, 1990, before any player on either squad was born. Prior to that, the two colleges played on a regular basis, with Auburn owning all but the most recent games.

Elsewhere on the college bowl schedule, we have two games scheduled for New Year’s Day. Michigan State faces Stanford in the Rose Bowl, and Central Florida steps onto the national stage with its first BCS appearance (and last), taking on Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.

The excitement continues with Alabama meeting Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on January 2, and Clemson goes up against Ohio State on January 3 in the Orange Bowl.

BCS Bowl Schedule

  • BCS title game
    Pasadena, Calif. – 8:30 p.m. ET, Jan. 6
    Florida State vs. Auburn
  • Rose Bowl
    Pasadena, Calif. – 5 p.m. ET, Jan. 1
    Michigan State vs. Stanford
  • Fiesta Bowl
    Glendale, Ariz. – 8:30 p.m. ET, Jan. 1
    Baylor vs. Central Florida
  • Sugar Bowl
    New Orleans, La. – 8:30 p.m. ET, Jan. 2
    Alabama vs. Oklahoma
  • Orange Bowl
    Miami, Fla. – 8:30 p.m. ET, Jan. 3
    Clemson vs. Ohio State

Remaining Bowl Schedule

  • Gildan New Mexico Bowl
    Albuquerque, N.M. – 2 p.m. ET, Dec. 21
    Washington State vs. Colorado State
  • Royal Purple Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, Nev. – 3:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 21
    Fresno State vs. USC
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
    Boise, Idaho – 5:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 21
    San Diego State vs. Buffalo
  • New Orleans Bowl
    New Orleans, La. – 9 p.m. ET, Dec. 21
    Tulane vs. La.-Lafayette
  • Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl
    St. Petersburg, Fla. – 2 p.m. ET, Dec. 23
    Ohio vs. East Carolina
  • Hawaii Bowl
    Honolulu, Hawaii – 8 p.m. ET, Dec. 24
    Oregon State vs. Boise State
  • Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
    Detroit, Mich. – 6 p.m. ET, Dec. 26
    Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green
  • Poinsettia Bowl
    San Diego, Calif. – 9:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 26
    Northern Illinois vs. Utah State
  • Military Bowl
    Annapolis, Md. – 2:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 27
    Maryland vs. Marshall
  • Texas Bowl
    Houston, Texas – 6 p.m. ET, Dec. 27
    Syracuse vs. Minnesota
  • Fight Hunger Bowl
    San Francisco, Calif. – 9:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 27
    Washington vs. BYU
  • Pinstripe Bowl
    Bronx, N.Y. – 12 p.m. ET, Dec. 28
    Notre Dame vs. Rutgers
  • Belk Bowl
    Charlotte, N.C. – 3:20 p.m. ET, Dec. 28
    North Carolina vs. Cincinnati
  • Russell Athletic Bowl
    Orlando, Fla. – 6:45 p.m. ET, Dec. 28
    Miami vs. Louisville
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
    Tempe, Ariz. – 10:15 p.m. ET, Dec. 28
    Kansas State vs. Michigan
  • Armed Forces Bowl
    Fort Worth, Texas – 11:45 a.m. ET, Dec. 30
    Navy vs. Middle Tennessee State
  • Music City Bowl
    Nashville, Tenn. – 3:15 p.m. ET, Dec. 30
    Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech
  • Alamo Bowl
    San Antonio, Texas – 6:45 p.m. ET, Dec. 30
    Texas vs. Oregon
  • Holiday Bowl
    San Diego, Calif. – 10:15 p.m. ET, Dec. 30
    Arizona State vs. Texas Tech
  • AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
    Shreveport, La. – 12:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 31
    Arizona vs. Boston College
  • Sun Bowl
    El Paso, Texas – 2 p.m. ET, Dec. 31
    Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
  • Liberty Bowl
    Memphis, Tenn. – 4 p.m. ET, Dec. 31
    Mississippi State vs. Rice
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl
    Atlanta, Ga. – 8 p.m. ET, Dec. 31
    Texas A&M vs. Duke
  • Gator Bowl
    Jacksonville, Fla. – 12 p.m. ET, Jan. 1
    Georgia vs. Nebraska
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl
    Dallas, Texas – 12 p.m. ET, Jan. 1
    UNLV vs. North Texas
  • Capital One Bowl
    Orlando, Fla. – 1 p.m. ET, Jan. 1
    South Carolina vs. Wisconsin
  • Outback Bowl
    Tampa, Fla. – 1 p.m. ET, Jan. 1
    LSU vs. Iowa
  • Cotton Bowl
    Arlington, Texas – 7:30 p.m. ET, Jan. 3
    Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
  • BBVA Compass Bowl
    Birmingham, Ala. – 1 p.m. ET, Jan. 4
    Houston vs. Vanderbilt
  • GoDaddy Bowl
    Mobile, Ala. – 9 p.m. ET, Jan. 5
    Ball State vs. Arkansas State