The BCS (that schedule HERE) may have the glory, but the heart of the bowl season comes from the 30 non-BCS bowls that comprise a loaded schedule of 60 teams playing in the span of 23 days.
Bowls from Hawaii to Yankee Stadium will span the country throughout bowl season and provide entertainment all through the holiday season.
This year’s slate is highlighted by strong matchups which include:
- Capital One Bowl: Short-changed Michigan State — loser of the three-way battle for two BCS spots for the Big Ten — against preseason national championship favorite Alabama.
- Chick-fil-A Bowl: Conference runners-up from both the ACC and SEC title games, as Steve Spurrier and South Carolina take on Florida State.
- Cotton Bowl: Surprise Big 12 contender Texas A&M will take on perennial SEC power LSU.
- Insight Bowl: Teams in their respective conference races until the later part of the season will face off in Glendale as Iowa takes on Missouri.
- MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Utah and Boise State, two of the strongest non-AQ teams this season, face off in an arranged matchup only available because of the lack of eligible Pac-10 teams.
The non-BCS bowl matchups have been finalized and are as follows:
December 18: New Mexico Bowl (BYU vs. UTEP)
December 18: uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State)
December 18: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Ohio vs. Troy)
December 21: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl (Louisiville vs. Southern Miss)
December 22: MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (Utah vs. Boise State)
December 23: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego State vs. Navy)
December 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Tulsa vs. Hawaii)
December 26: Little Caesars Bowl (Florida International vs. Toledo)
December 27: AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (Georgia Tech vs. Air Force)
December 28: Champs Sports Bowl (NC State vs. West Virginia)
December 28: Insight Bowl (Iowa vs. Missouri)
December 29: Military Bowl (Maryland vs. East Carolina)
December 29: Texas Bowl (Illinois vs. Baylor)
December 29: Valero Alamo Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Arizona)
December 30: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Army vs. SMU)
December 30: New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Kansas State vs. Syracuse)
December 30: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (North Carolina vs. Tennessee)
December 30: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Nebraska vs. Washington)
December 31: Meineke Car Care Bowl (Clemson vs. USF)
December 31: Hyundai Sun Bowl (Miami (FL) vs. Notre Dame)
December 31: Autozone Liberty Bowl (UCF vs. Georgia)
December 31: Chick-fil-A Bowl (Florida State vs. South Carolina)
January 1: TicketCity Bowl (Texas Tech vs. Northwestern)
January 1: Outback Bowl (Penn State vs. Florida)
January 1: Capital One Bowl (Michigan State vs. Alabama)
January 1: Gator Bowl (Michigan vs. Mississippi State)
January 6: GoDaddy.com Bowl (Miami (OH) vs. Middle Tennessee State)
January 7: AT&T Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M vs. LSU)
January 8: BBVA Compass Bowl (Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky)
January 9: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Boston College vs. Nevada)