2014 BCS Bowl Schedule

2014BCSBowls

One last time, the Bowl Championship Series will feature five bowls — the traditional Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls, along with the “double-hosting” format BCS National Championship Game to be played in Pasadena on January 6, 2014.

Affiliations appear with all five BCS bowls, either by conference or by BCS ranking. If the conference is unable to fulfill an affiliation (i.e. that team is selected for the title game) the bowl can choose any BCS-eligible at-large team. For more information on the selection process, head over to the BCS Bowls page.

Note: The American Athletic Conference is not directly tied to any one BCS bowl, but the conference’s champion will receive a bid to the BCS in the conference’s last season.

2014 BCS Schedule

Rose Bowl

January 1, 2014 5 p.m. ET

Big Ten Conference

vs.

Pac-12 Conference

Fiesta Bowl

January 1, 2014 8:30 p.m. ET

Big 12 Conference

vs.

BCS At-large

Sugar Bowl

January 2, 2014 8:30 p.m. ET

Southeastern Conference

vs.

BCS At-large

 —

Orange Bowl

January 3, 2014 8:30 p.m. ET

Atlantic Coast Conference

vs.

BCS At-large

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BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.

January 6, 2014 8:30 p.m. ET

BCS No. 1

vs.

BCS No. 2

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2013 BCS Bowl Schedule

The BCS bowl pairings for 2013 have been announced.

Once again, the Bowl Championship Series will be composed of five bowl games — the traditional Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls, along with the “double-hosting” format BCS National Championship Game to be played in Miami on January 7, 2013.

Months still separate 10 teams from the BCS trips to Glendale, Pasadena, New Orléans and Miami, but for those squads with high aspirations, a trip to those locations is the goal.

Conference affiliations appear with all five BCS bowls. If the conference is unable to fulfill an affiliation, the bowl can choose any BCS-eligible at-large team. For more information on the selection process, head over to the BCS Bowls page.

Note: The Big East is not directly tied to any one BCS bowl, but the conference’s champion will receive a bid to the BCS.

2013 BCS Schedule

Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

January 1, 2013 5 p.m. EST

Big Ten Conference

vs.

Pac-12 Conference

Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla.

January 1, 2013 8:30 p.m. EST

Atlantic Coast Conference

vs.

BCS At-large

Sugar Bowl in New Orléans, La.

January 2, 2013 8:30 p.m. EST

Southeastern Conference

vs.

BCS At-large

 —

Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona

January 3, 2013 8:30 p.m. EST

Big 12 Conference

vs.

BCS At-large

BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Fla.

January 7, 2013 8:30 p.m. EST

BCS No. 1

vs.

BCS No. 2

University presidents meet today to deliberate over BCS playoff

Today may finally be the day.

In the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C., 12 presidents from the 11 BCS conferences and Notre Dame’s Rev. John L. Jenkins will meet Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. ET to possibly rubber stamp the BCS commissioner’s four-team playoff plan which would begin in 2014.

The Presidential Oversight Committee, formed by the NCAA to make sure the universities had the last say in many matters of sport, will also be presented with a plus-one option, mostly to appease those among the commissioners who believe that all options should be presented.

Once again, the 12 members of this committee are:

Charles W. Steger (chair) – President, Virginia Tech
Scott Cowen – President, Tulane University
Rev. John Jenkins – President, University of Notre Dame
Bernie Machen – President, University of Florida
C. L. Max Nikias – President, University of Southern California
Duane Nellis – President, University of Idaho
Harvey Perlman – Chancellor, University of Nebraska
John G. Peters – President, Northern Illinois University
Bill Powers – President, University of Texas
James Ramsey – President, University of Louisville
Gary Ransdell – President, Western Kentucky University
John Welty – President, California State University, Fresno

The 12 commissioners have met twice this month already, during which the group came to a consensus on a variety of details on a possible playoff. The consensus reportedly includes:

  • A four-team seeded playoff structure
  • Semifinals that would rotate among six bowl games (the four traditional BCS bowls: Fiesta, Rose, Orange and Sugar; and two yet to be determined). The newly formed Champions Bowl and the Cotton Bowl seem likely contenders.
  • A title game that would be bid out to cities in advance, apart from traditional bowls
  • A selection committee to determine the participants

Beyond these details, not much is finalized or known. Among the remaining questions:

  • Who will serve on this selection committee, and will there be term limits for those that do?
  • How will the committee choose the teams? Will conference championships be required?
  • Will access be ensured for smaller conferences?
  • How will revenue be shared among the 11 BCS conferences?
  • Will they create a BCS-like ranking system to rank teams?
  • When will the games take place? New Year’s Day seems to be the favorite here

The meeting could go well into the night, and could also result in no final decision, extending the playoff debate well into July. The presidents could also approve the four-team playoff plan, but leave the nitty-gritty financial details and possibly semifinal access details until later.

Stay tuned here and @BCSKnowHow for all the latest updates from this very important day in college football.

BCS Know How’s 2012 Preseason Rankings and BlogPoll Ballot

I’ll always be of the opinion that preseason rankings only add to the problems people have with the way college football crowns its champion, but with something as innocuous and fun as the SB Nation Blog Poll, why not take part?

I’m a well-documented USC fan and have been called out by the guys at SB Nation a few times for giving them a little too much love in my polls, but I think I’m justified this time. Can’t help but expect big things from the Trojans this year.

Pac-12 and SEC dominate my top 10 and probably everybody else’s, along with one each from the Big 12, ACC and Big Ten.

I’m hesitant to give Texas and Florida any benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise, but I’m somewhat alone in this sentiment. It’ll be interesting to see how these traditional powers do or do not bounce back in 2012.

More to come in the next few weeks as we reset for 2012. And with all the playoff chatter, keep it tuned here or @BCSKnowHow to stay up to date.

State of the BCS Survey Update

Take the survey

Less than two weeks into our State of the BCS survey and nearly 3,000 people have completed the five-minute questionaire about what they’d like to see for college football’s postseason.

In order to expedite the process, we’re going to be closing polling Friday, April 6 at the end of the day to get started on data crunching and getting the results out faster. So far, to say the results are interesting would be a wild understatement. You will definitely be surprised at some of the responses collected.

But before we talk about the end, let’s talk about the next few days. The absolute best thing would be to double, or even triple the number of responses we’ve got. In the next five days, email your friends, tweet at some of the bigger CFBers on Twitter, post it to Facebook pages, anything you can think of.

The more people we can get to respond, the more accurate and interesting our results will be. Once we’re done collecting, we’ll roll our the responses over the course of 6-10 blog posts, and we’d love to get some real attention — especially because the BCS itself is talking revamping the system.

So spread the word! Let’s get this thing really rolling in the last few days and make some noise.

Here’s the link again:

https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9GKIV9MM4Sys1ik

Thanks and talk to you all very soon!

2011 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: SEC

Welcome to the 2011 college football season! BCS Know How will be taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences and five non-AQ conferences with profiles of each conference. We continue with the SEC. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other 10 conferences.

Conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Active Since: 1933

Current Member Schools:
East Division: Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, Vanderbilt Commodores.
West Division: Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Louisiana State (LSU) Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels. (12)

Bowl Affiliations: Sugar Bowl (BCS), Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl, Cotton Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl. (9)

2010 Results:
Conference Champion – Auburn
Conference Runner-up – South Carolina
BCS Bowl Results: 2011 BCS National Championship Game – Auburn 22 vs. Oregon 19; 2011 Sugar Bowl – Ohio State 31 vs. Arkansas 26 (Ohio State’s victory was later vacated)
Overall Bowl Record: 5-5
Heisman Vote Recipients: Auburn QB Cam Newton (Heisman Recipient); Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett (7th Overall)

2011 Outlook: Somehow or another, the SEC delivers year in and year out.

Whether its the speedy style of football that has characterized the south for so long or the coaching legends paroling the sidelines, the SEC provides the nation with its best football, every year.

2010 was no different, as Auburn went from unranked and unheralded to BCS national champions.

Could it happen again in 2011? Many will start the season ranked, including the usual suspects at the top of the conference: LSU, Alabama, Florida and Georgia come to mind. But the likes of South Carolina and Arkansas, teams with resurgent 2010s, could be on the way to the top.

Unpredictable as ever, the SEC champion will again be tested week in and week out. But will that struggle (as it has been in the past few years) been enough to bring them to the BCS title game once again?

2011 Heisman Hopefuls: Alabama RB Trent Richardson, South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, Arkansas RB Knile Davis, Auburn RB Michael Dyer

BCS Know How’s 2010 Predictions:
Conference Champion – LSU Tigers
Conference Runner-up – South Carolina Gamecocks
BCS bids – Two: LSU Tigers – 2011 BCS National Championship Game; Alabama Crimson Tide – Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists – None

2011 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: Pac-12

Welcome to the 2011 college football season! BCS Know How will be taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences and five non-AQ conferences with profiles of each conference. We continue with the Pac-12. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other 10 conferences.

Conference: Pacific 12 Conference (Pac-12)

Active Since: 1915

Current Member Schools:

North Division: California Golden Bears, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, Stanford Cardinal, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars.
South Division: Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, UCLA Bruins, Southern California (USC) Trojans, Colorado Buffaloes, Utah Utes.  (12)

Bowl Affiliations: Rose Bowl (BCS), New Mexico Bowl, MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Sun Bowl. (6)

2010 Results:
Conference Champion – Oregon
Conference Runner-up – Stanford
BCS Bowl Results: BCS National Championship Game – Auburn 22 vs. Oregon 19; Orange Bowl – Stanford 40 vs. Virginia Tech 12
Overall Bowl Record: 2-2
Heisman Vote Recipients: Andrew Luck (Second Overall); LaMichael James (Third Overall); Stanford FB/LB Owen Marecic (10th Overall).

2011 Outlook: While controversy may swirl around some sidelines in the newly expanded and renamed Pac-12, there is more than enough skill in this rejuvenated and powerful conference to take people’s minds off of any NCAA infractions or controversies very quickly.

Led by Heisman hopefuls Andrew Luck and LaMichael James (who finished second and third respectively in last year’s Heisman balloting), the firepower in the conference is at an all-time high, and not just because there are more teams than ever before.

Winners of the newly created North and South divisions will face off in the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championship Game, to be hosted at the participant who has the better record’s own stadium — an unusual and intriguing circumstance. The winner of the game will be named the first-ever Pac-12 champion and be awarded the conference’s automatic BCS bowl bid.

2011 Heisman Hopefuls: Stanford QB Andrew Luck, Oregon RB LaMichael James, USC QB Matt Barkley, Washington RB Chris Polk.

BCS Know How’s 2011 Predictions:
Conference Champion – Stanford Cardinal
Conference Runner-up – Arizona State Sun Devils
BCS bids – Two: Stanford Cardinal – Rose Bowl; Oregon Ducks – Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists – Stanford QB Andrew Luck, Oregon RB LaMichael James