The must-watch matchups of the 2012-13 BCS Bowl Schedule will make fans forget about fireworks.
After the Times Square ball drop, college football’s most prestigious bowl games will soon begin and missing a second of the action will ruin one’s entire year.
To prevent that from happening, here’s a complete BCS Bowl coverage guide.
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Stanford
Watch: Tuesday, January 1 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN
Stanford couldn’t have picked a better year to win the Pac-12. It claimed the conference crown in the same season that the Big Ten’s best team, Ohio State, wasn’t bowl eligible. Instead, unranked Wisconsin received the bid.
Expect a slaughter.
Orange Bowl: No. 15 Northern Illinois vs. No. 12 Florida State
Watch: Tuesday, January 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
For the first time ever, a non-AQ team that didn’t finish undefeated will receive a BCS bid. Northern Illinois will be heavy underdogs against the ACC Champs, especially without their head coach Dave Doeren who took a job at NC State.
Sugar Bowl: No. 21 Louisville vs. No. 3 Florida
Watch: Wednesday, January 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
The champs of the lowly Big East will face off against the highest-ranked at-large bid in the nation. Only Louisville fans are betting on the Cardinals in this one. One could make a case that Florida deserved a national championship bid, for crying out loud.
Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
Watch: Thursday, January 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
If this isn’t the most entertaining matchup of the bowl season, it’d be more shocking than if Northern Illinois received a BCS bowl bid. Kenjon Barner and Collin Klein were Heisman Trophy favorite before their teams fell late in the season. On the same turf, they’ll make you almost forget about the national title.
BCS National Championship: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama
Watch: Monday, January 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Two of the most prestigious programs in the nation will go toe-to-toe in the title.
The Fighting Irish will play the rare role of the hated underdog while the Crimson Tide will attempt to win their third national championship in four years. While Alabama will be heavily favored, it’d be foolish to count out the only undefeated (bowl eligible) team in the college football.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.