DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) – The five BCS bowl games aren’t the only reason to be excited about postseason college football.
Sharing the spotlight with the 10 BCS teams Sunday were dozens of other programs that accepted bids into one of the additional 30 bowl games.
A rundown of those matchups:
The games pick up in quality around New Year’s, of course, and this year is no different.
New Year’s Eve will feature four games: a Sun Bowl matchup featuring former powerhouses Miami-Florida and Notre Dame; Central Florida and Georgia in the Liberty Bowl; Clemson and South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl and Florida State and South Carolina playing the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The January 1 games feature SEC runner-up Alabama and Big Ten runner-up Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl and Penn State and Florida in the 25th anniversary of the Outback Bowl — the first time those teams will meet since the Gators’ 1998 Citrus Bowl victory.
Also on New Year’s Day, Michigan will meet Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl and Northwestern will take on Texas Tech in the TicketCity Bowl.
There are also four non-BCS bowl games after New Year’s Day: Miami-Ohio versus Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on January 6, Texas A&M and LSU in the Cotton Bowl on January 7, Pittsburgh against Kentucky in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 8 and Nevada against Boston College in the Fight Hunger Bowl on January 9.
Fans won’t have to wait that long for the games to start.
There are three bowl games on December 18: BYU will face UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl, Northern Illinois will meet Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl and Troy will play Ohio in the New Orleans Bowl.
Louisville was named as the Big East’s representative to face Southern Miss in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl on December 21 and Boise State, once BCS darlings, will play Utah in the Maaco Bowl on December 22.
San Diego State and Navy will play in the Poinsettia Bowl on December 23 and Hawaii will receive Tulsa for the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
As usual, things pick up after the holiday.
The Little Caesars Bowl on December 26 will pit Toledo against FIU and the Independence Bowl will feature Air Force and Georgia Tech on December 27.
December 28 sees two games on the slate: N.C. State and West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl and Iowa versus Missouri in the Insight Bowl.
In three December 29 games, Illinois will meet Baylor in the Texas Bowl, Arizona will play Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl and Maryland and East Carolina will meet in the Military Bowl.
SMU and Army will kick off the December 30 games in the Armed Forces Bowl and that day will also see Syracuse and Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, North Carolina and Tennessee in the Music City Bowl and Washington and Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.
Nebraska, of course, lost the Big 12 Championship Game to Oklahoma in its final regular season game as a member of the conference.
105.3 The Fan will carry the following games:
Tuesday Dec 28 – Champs Sports Bowl @ 4:30 pm
Tuesday Dec 28 – Insight Bowl @ 8:00 pm
Thursday Dec 30 – Holiday Bowl @ 8:00 pm
Saturday Jan 1 – Fiesta Bowl @ 8:00 pm
Tuesday Jan 4 – Sugar Bowl @ 6:00 pm
Friday Jan 7 – Cotton Bowl @ 6:30 pm