It’s been a crazy year, full of upsets and surprises. All that’s left for you to do now is grab some team apparel and root on your favorite school to a College Bowl victory. No need to ask, “When are the Bowl Games?” or even, “What are the Bowl Games?” Fanatics has a complete guide to all the teams and more with our 2012-2013 BCS Bowl Game Schedule. We carry all the great College Bowl Gear, so you can represent your favorite school in championship style!
What: Rose Bowl
When: January 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)
Where: Pasadena, California
Who: Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5)
The 99th Rose Bowl event will feature BIG 10 Champions Wisconsin Badgers against Pac-12 Champions Stanford Cardinal; two teams who previously met at the 2000 Rose Bowl, when Wisconsin left Pasadena with a 17-9 victory. The Badgers hope to carry a victory on the back of First-team All-American and Heisman finalist Montee Ball, who currently holds the NCAA record for most career rushing touchdowns. Stanford, who sank #1 Oregon’s National Title hopes, with a 17-14 upset over the Ducks Nov. 17, look to avenge their 2000 Rose Bowl loss to the Badgers and win just their 2nd out of their last 6 Bowl appearance.
What: Orange Bowl
When: January 1 , 2013 at 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Where: Miami Gardens, Florida
Who: FSU (11-2) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1)
The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl features 2012′s ACC Champions Florida State Seminoles against MAC Champions NIU Huskies. NIU is the first MAC team to earn a BCS bid by becoming the 15th ranked team in the nation. The Seminoles, on the other hand, played in the first-ever BCS national championship game in 1998, and haven’t won a BCS Bowl game since they won the 1999 Sugar Bowl and National Championship. The Huskies will be helmed by new head coach Rod Carey, as their previous coach Dave Doeren accepted the head coach position at NC State the day after the Huskies won the MAC Championship. The Seminoles themselves recently lost a coach, as Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops left FSU Nov. 27, to take the head coaching position at Kentucky.
What: Sugar Bowl
When: January 2, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Who: Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2)
The 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl is a matchup of the SEC’s Florida Gators against 2012′s Big East Champions Louisville Cardinals. The Gators finished the 2011 season with a record of 7-6, including a 3-5 record in the Southeastern Conference. What was supposed to be a rebuilding year of sorts for the Gators, turned into an almost National Championship caliber one due in most part to the stellar play of Sophomore QB Jeff Driskel. Driskel set the Florida Gators record for rushing yards by a quarterback in October, topping Tim Tebow’s 2007 effort. Third-year Louisville head coach Charlie Strong has led the Cardinals to third Bowl game in a row. Louisville exceeded expectations this year, to put together a 10-2 record, despite going 7-6 the previous two seasons. The Cardinals last Bowl game was a 2011 loss in the Belk Bowl to NC State 31-24. If Louisville upsets Florida at the Sugar Bowl, it will be one of the biggest upsets of the 2012/13 Bowl season.
What: Fiesta Bowl
When: January 3, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Where: Glendale, Arizona
Who: Oregon (11-1) vs. Kansas State (11-1)
The 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl features two teams that narrowly missed playing for a National Championship. The Oregon Ducks were the #1 team in the nation until a surprising overtime loss to Stanford Nov. 17 erased their National Championship hopes. Likewise, BIG 12 Champions Kansas State was ranked #2 until a 24-52 blowout loss to Baylor knocked the Wildcats from National Champion contention. The Fiesta Bowl also marks the first time these two teams have faced each other. 2012 marks the first Conference title for K-State since 2003, and the first time the Ducks are heading into a bowl game not as Pac-12 Champions since 2009.
What: BCS Championship
When: January 7, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Where: Miami Gardens, Florida
Who: Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1)
The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game is an historic one to say the least. Alabama, the current 2012 SEC Champions, as well as 2009 and 2011 BCS National Champs, have been a powerhouse organization and were the #1- or #2-ranked team in the nation every week except one the entire 2012 football season. Notre Dame, on the other hand, started 2012 as the #22-ranked collegiate team, and hadn’t been #1 in the nation since 1993 and hadn’t been undefeated since 1988, when the Irish defeated West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl to become national champions. Notre Dame is the first team not aligned with a conference to play for the National Championship since the Miami Hurricanes won in 1989. No school has more national championship titles (13) than Notre Dame, except for one — Alabama (14).