College Bowl Schedule 2013 and 2014: Who Plays Who, and When

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
December 8, 2013 Updated: December 8, 2013

The College Bowl schedule for late 2013 and early 2014 has been released.

The BCS bowl games, all in early January, feature the top teams in the nation, including Florida State vs. Auburn in the National Championship Game on January 6 in Pasadena. See below all the rest of the games for five things to know about this match-up.

The other BCS games:

Rose Bowl, January 1: Michigan State vs. Sanford in Pasadena 

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, January 1: Baylor vs. UCF in Glendale, Arizona

Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2: Alabama vs. Oklahoma in New Orleans

Discover Orange Bowl, January 3: Clemson vs. Ohio State in Miami

The non-BCS games:

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 21: Colorado State vs. Washington State in Albuquerque

Royal Purple Bowl, Dec. 21: Fresno State vs. USC in Las Vegas

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Dec. 21: San Diego State vs. Buffalo in Boise

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 21: Tulane vs. La.-Lafayette

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, Dec. 23: East Carolina vs. Ohio in St. Petersburg, Florida

Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24: Boise State vs. Oregon State in Honolulu

Little Ceasers Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26: Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green in Detroit

Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 26: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois in San Diego

Miltary Bowl, Dec. 27: Maryland vs. Marshall in Annapolis, Maryland

Texas Bowl, Dec. 27: Syracuse vs. Minnesota in Houston

Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 27: Washington vs. BYU in San Francisco

Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 28: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers in the Bronx

Belk Bowl, Dec. 28: North Carolina vs. Cincinnati in Charlotte

Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28: Miami vs. Louisville in Orlando

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28: Kansas State vs. Michigan in Tempe, Arizona

Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 30: Middle Tennessee vs. Navy in Forth Worth, Texas

Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss in Nashville

Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30: Texas vs. Oregon in San Antonio

Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30: Texas Tech vs. Arizona State in San Diego

AdvoCare Bowl, Dec. 31: Boston College vs. Arizona in Shreveport, Lousiana

Sun Bowl, Dec. 31: Virginia Tech vs. UCLA in El Paso, Texas

Liverty Bowl, Dec. 31: Rice vs. Mississippi State in Memphis, Tennessee

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Duke vs. Texas A&M in Atlanta

Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Nebraska vs. Georgia in Jacksonville

Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1: UNLV vs. North Texas in Dallas

Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina in Orlando

Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Iowa vs. LSU in Tampa

Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri in Arlington, Texas

BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Houston vs. Vanderbilt in Birmingham, Alabama

GoDaddy Bowl, Jan. 5: Ball State vs. Arkansas State in Mobile, Alabama

5 things to know about Florida State vs. Auburn

Five things to know about the Seminoles and Tigers matchup:

HEISMAN WATCH: Florida State star Jameis Winston is a huge favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He’d be just the second freshman to win the award, but the second straight to do it, joining Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Winston is on pace to break the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating (190.1) and has already set records for yards passing (3,820) and TD passes (38) for a freshman. Auburn’s Tre Mason made a late push to be a finalist, too. Mason ran for 304 yards on 46 carries in Auburn’s SEC championship game win against Missouri and ranks ninth in the nation at 124.7 yards per game, and has scored 22 touchdowns.

COACHES: Two national coach of the year candidates in Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Fisher is in his fourth season since taking over for the great Bobby Bowden. The program has gotten steadily better and this year, it’s been vintage Seminoles. Malzahn is in his first year as head coach, but just two years ago he was Auburn’s offensive coordinator under Gene Chizik. He directed the offense that helped Auburn win the 2010 national championship, with Heisman winner Cam Newton.

DEFENSIVE DIFFERENCE: While both teams have offenses among the top-10 in the nation in yards per play — Florida State is No. 1 and Auburn is eighth — the Seminoles seem to have a huge advantage on the defensive side. They are second in the nation in yards per play allowed at 3.95, and have potential All-Americans at every level, including DT Timmy Jernigan, LB Telvin Smith and DB Lamarcus Joyner. Auburn’s defense ranks 95th in the country in yards per play allowed at 5.96, but this is a different kind of SEC. Offenses have ruled, and much like it has been in the Big 12 in recent years, defensive stats have gotten skewed by high-powered, up-tempo offenses. The Tigers have a quick defensive front led by DEs Dee Ford and Carl Lawson. The good news for Auburn is Florida State’s offense has never had to stop what the Tigers will run at it.

TEMPO: Auburn likes to go fast and few coaches use tempo as well as Malzahn. The Tigers average 71 plays per game with their spread attack, but would like to be in the 80s. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is in no rush at all. Running more of a typical pro-style offense, the Seminoles average 67 plays per game — which makes their prolific offense even more impressive.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: There’s not much recent history between these teams. The last time they played was 1990 and Auburn won 20-17. Their only bowl meeting was the 1989 Sugar Bowl and Florida State took that one 22-14. The Tigers lead the overall series 13-4-1, though Bowden was 4-5 against Auburn.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.