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BCS Bowl Schedule 2012: Alabama gets second crack at LSU in national championship

Sunday was selection day for the 35 college football bowl games slated to be played from December 17-January 9. Here’s the full schedule, which culminates with an SEC regular season rematch between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama in the BCS Championship on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

Saturday, December 17

New Mexico Bowl: Temple Owls (8-4) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (8-4), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Owls, Cowboys kick off bowl season in New Mexico

Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio Bobcats (9-4) vs. Utah State Aggies (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Utah State earns first bowl bid since 1997, will face Ohio in Boise

New Orleans Bowl: San Diego State Aztecs (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Ragin’ Cajuns’ high-octane offense to be tested by Aztecs

Tuesday, December 20

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl: Florida International Golden Panthers (8-4) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (6-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

FIU looks to cap best season ever win with against Thundering Herd

Wednesday, December 21

Poinsettia Bowl: No. 16 Texas Christian Horned Frogs (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Horned Frogs miss out on third straight BCS bid

Thursday, December 22

MAACO Bowl: Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6) vs. No. 8 Boise State Broncos (11-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Snubbed by BCS, Broncos must settle for matchup with 6-6 Arizona State

Saturday, December 24

Hawaii Bowl: Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5) vs. No. 22 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (11-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

With Conference-USA title game upset, Golden Eagles earn a trip to Hawaii

Monday, December 26

Independence Bowl: North Carolina Tar Heels (7-5) vs. Missouri Tigers (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Missouri’s final game as Big 12 member to be played in heart of SEC country

Tuesday, December 27

Little Caesars Bowl: Western Michigan Broncos (7-5) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Boilermakers return to Little Caesars Bowl four years after 51-48 win over Central Michigan

Belk Bowl: Louisville Cardinals (7-5) vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

After losing BCS tiebreaker, Cardinals heading to Charlotte

Wednesday, December 28

Military Bowl: Toledo Rockets (8-4) vs. Air Force Falcons (7-5), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

With Navy ineligible, Military Bowl lands Air Force

Holiday Bowl: California Golden Bears (7-5) vs. Texas Longhorns (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Cal, Texas to meet for first time since 1970

Thursday, December 29

Champs Sports Bowl: No. 25 Florida State Seminoles (8-4) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Second-year coaches lead stories programs into Champs Sports Bowl

Alamo Bowl: Washington Huskies (7-5) vs. No. 15 Baylor Bears (9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Robert Griffin III, Baylor look to cap banner year with bowl victory

Friday, December 30

Armed Forces Bowl: Brigham Young Cougars (9-3) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-4), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

Seven months after provisional invitation, BYU headed to Armed Forces Bowl

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State Cyclones (6-6) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-4), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Rutgers heads back to Yankee Stadium for matchup with Cyclones

Music City Bowl: Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-6) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6), 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)

Bulldogs meet Demon Deacons for first time in history in Music City Bowl

Insight Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5) vs. No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners (9-3), 10 p.m. (ESPN)

Insight Bowl passes on scandal-plagued Penn State for Oklahoma

Saturday, December 31

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas A&M Aggies (6-6) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (6-6), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

Interim coach leads SEC-bound Aggies against Northwestern

Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-4) vs. Utah Utes (7-5), 2 p.m. (CBS)

Yellow Jackets extend bowl streak to 15 in Sun Bowl

Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois Fighting Illini (6-6) vs. UCLA Bruins (6-7), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

After 6-0 start, reeling Illini take on provisionally-eligible Bruins in matchup of interim coaches

Liberty Bowl: Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (6-6), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Vandy’s turnaround from consecutive 2-10 seasons will end in Memphis

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Cavaliers (8-4) vs. Auburn Tigers (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

• Cavaliers Journal: Cavaliers pleasantly surprised by matchup with defending national champions

Monday, January 2

TicketCity Bowl: No. 20 Houston Cougars vs. No. 24 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)

Penn State looks to end tumultuous season with bowl victory in Dallas

Gator Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes (6-6) vs. Florida Gators (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

Urban Meyer’s former and future teams tangle in marquee matchup

Outback Bowl: No. 12 Michigan State Spartans (10-3) vs. No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC)

Conference championship game losers look to rebound in Outback Bowl

Capital One Bowl: No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) vs. No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Nebraska defense meets Steve Spurrier’s offense when Cornhuskers face Gamecocks in Orlando

Rose Bowl: No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers (11-2) vs. No. 6 Oregon Ducks (11-2), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Last two Rose Bowl losers get second chance at glory

Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (11-1) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Pair of championship game snubs settle for tantalising matchup in Fiesta Bowl

Tuesday, January 3

Sugar Bowl: No. 13 Michigan Wolverines (10-2) vs. No. 17 Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Hokies a surprise pick for Sugar Bowl

• Hokies Journa: Frank Beamer defends Virginia Tech’s BCS selection

Wednesday, January 4

Discover Orange Bowl: No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers (9-3) vs. No. 14 Clemson Tigers (10-3), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

West Virginia claws its way into Orange Bowl matchup with ACC Champion Clemson

Friday, January 6

Cotton Bowl: No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats (10-2) vs. No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)

Top-11 teams left out of BCS meet in Cotton Bowl

Saturday, January 7

BBVA Compass Bowl: Southern Methodist Mustangs (7-5) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Panthers’ path points to Compass Bowl for second straight season

Sunday, January 8

GoDaddy.Com Bowl: Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (10-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Arkansas State’s Hugh Freeze agrees to take Ole Miss coaching job

Monday, January 9

BCS Championship: No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) vs. No. 1 LSU Tigers (13-0), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Title game feature’s SEC’s best

John Feinstein: A nightmare slate of bowls

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