Bowl Madness

The college football season is a five month party that slowly becomes more and more exclusive as December starts and conference play ends. The top teams get ready to take on other divisional champs in conference championship games as the fans countdown to bowl selection Sunday. The BCS Rankings determine who ends up in the BCS Championship and the Rose, Sugar, and Fiesta bowls use conference tie-ins along with the BCS rankings and over-all yearly records to decide the year's match-ups.

We'll continue to update the page from early projected standings until the initial BCS Standings release after Week 8, and throughout the 2013-14 season.

The current system for using the BCS rankings to place teams in the top tier bowls has been in place since '98 and will continue until 2014-2015, when a new 4 team playoff system is set to take over the college football postseason.

Who will be the 2014 BCS National Champions?

BCS Standings - Dec. 8

The BCS Standings are derived from both human and computer polls plus regular season stats like strength-of-schedule to calculate an overall ranking from weeks 9 to 16:

RANK
TEAM
RECORD
BCS Avg.
#1
Florida State
13 - 0
.9957
#2
Auburn
12 - 1
.9638
#3
Alabama
11 - 1
.9061
#4
Michigan State
12 - 1
.8600
#5
Stanford
11 - 2
.8191
#6
Baylor
11 - 1
.7722
#7
Ohio State
12 - 1
.7705
#8
Missouri
11 - 2
.7256
#9
South Carolina
10 - 2
.7152
#10
Oregon
10 - 2
.5811



2013-2014 Bowl Game Schedule

Bowl projections based on conference tie-ins in BLUE
Teams that have accepted Bowl Game bids in GREEN
Bowl games that are included in the BCS in RED

FLORIDA STATE vs AUBURN
BCS #1 vs BCS #2
January 6th, 2014
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA
BALL STATE vs ARKANSAS STATE
MAC vs SUN BELT #2
January 5th, 2014
Ladd-Peebles Stadium  -  Mobile, AL
VANDERBILT vs HOUSTON
SEC #8/9 vs AAC #5
January 4th, 2014
Legion Field  -  Birmingham, AL
CLEMSON vs OHIO STATE
ACC vs BCS
January 3rd, 2014
Sun Life Stadium - Miami, FL
OKLAHOMA STATE vs MISSOURI
BIG 12 #2 vs SEC
January 3rd, 2014
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
ALABAMA vs OKLAHOMA
SEC vs BCS
January 2nd, 2014
Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA
MICHIGAN STATE vs STANFORD
BIG TEN vs PAC-12
January 1st, 2014
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA
BAYLOR vs UCF
BIG 12 vs BCS
January 1st, 2014
University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, AZ
NEBRASKA vs GEORGIA
BIG TEN #4/5 vs SEC #6
January 1st, 2014
EverBank Field - Jacksonville, FL
WISCONSIN vs SOUTH CAROLINA
BIG TEN #2 vs SEC #2
January 1st, 2014
Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, FL
IOWA vs LSU
BIG TEN #3 vs SEC
January 1st, 2014
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
UNLV vs NORTH TEXAS
BIG TEN #7 vs C-USA
January 1st, 2014
Cotton Bowl - Dallas, TX
VIRGINIA TECH vs UCLA
ACC #4 vs PAC-12 #4
December 31st, 2013
Sun Bowl - El Paso, TX
RICE vs MISSISSIPPI STATE
C-USA #1 vs AAC/SEC #8/9
December 31st, 2013
Liberty Bowl - Memphis, TN
DUKE vs TEXAS A&M
ACC #2 vs SEC #5
December 31st, 2013
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA
ARIZONA vs BOSTON COLLEGE
SEC #10 vs ACC #7
December 31st, 2013
Independence Stadium - Shreveport, LA
GEORGIA TECH vs OLE MISS
ACC #6 vs SEC #7
December 30th, 2013
LP Field - Nashville, TN
MIDDLE TENN STATE vs NAVY
MOUNTAIN WEST vs NAVY
December 30th, 2013
Gerald J. Ford Stadium - Dallas, TX
TEXAS vs OREGON
BIG 12 #3 vs PAC-12 #2
December 30th, 2013
Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
ARIZONA STATE vs TEXAS TECH
PAC-12 #3 vs BIG 12 #5
December 30th, 2013
Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA
CINCINNATI vs NORTH CAROLINA
AAC #3 vs ACC #5
December 28th, 2013
Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC
KANSAS STATE vs MICHIGAN
BIG 12 #4 vs BIG TEN #4/5
December 28th, 2013
Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, AZ
NOTRE DAME vs RUTGERS
BIG 12 #7 vs AAC #4
December 28th, 2013
Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY
LOUISVILLE vs MIAMI (FL)
AAC #2 vs ACC #3
December 28th, 2013
Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, FL
SYRACUSE vs MINNESOTA
BIG 12 #6 vs BIG TEN #6
December 27th, 2013
Reliant Stadium - Houston, TX
WASHINGTON vs BYU
PAC-12 #6 vs BYU
December 27th, 2013
AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA
MARYLAND vs MARSHALL
ACC #8 vs C-USA
December 27th, 2013
RFK Stadium - Washington, DC
BOWLING GREEN vs PITTSBURGH
MAC vs BIG TEN #8
December 26th, 2013
Ford Field - Detroit, MI
UTAH STATE vs NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MWC #2 vs ARMY
December 26th, 2013
Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA
BOISE STATE vs OREGON STATE
MWC vs C-USA
December 24th, 2013
Aloha Stadium - Honolulu, HI
OHIO vs EAST CAROLINA
AAC #6 vs C-USA
December 23rd, 2013
Tropicana Field - St Petersburg, FL
FRESNO STATE vs USC
MWC #1 vs PAC-12 #5
December 21st, 2013
Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV
LA-LAFAYETTE vs TULANE
SUN BELT vs C-USA
December 21st, 2013
Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA
BUFFALO vs SAN DIEGO STATE
MAC #3 vs MWC
December 21st, 2013
Bronco Stadium - Boise, ID
COLROADO STATE vs WASHINGTON STATE
MWC #4/5 vs PAC-12 #7
December 21st, 2013
University Stadium - Albuquerque, NM




Bowl Projections 2013

Our bowl game projections come from a number of different sources including the major sports outlets covering college football, prominent media members familiar with the bowl selection process, "insider" tips from reliable sources, and other credible resources that have proven themselves capable of pinpointing the bowl match-ups in the days and weeks before the official announcement is made each Bowl Selection Sunday. It is the collection of this information that helps GoTickets provide an accurate account of the bowl projections 2013, and hopefully helps you get a leg up on securing the bowl game tickets that you've had your eye on since conference championship week.

The bowl projections for 2013 and any year change from week to week if not game to game, especially as the regular season winds down. There will be the occasional team that secures a bowl bid a few weeks prior to the end of their regular season, but for the most part, everything falls into place between Thanksgiving and the first or second weekend in December. Conference championship week normally locks a few teams into place based on tie-in's with particular bowl games, but if confusion still remains after that last Saturday night of games, the world will know who is going where when the official announcement of the BCS rankings is made the following Sunday night.

Accepted Bowl Bids

Leading up to Bowl Selection Sunday and the official bowl announcements, the team names on our Bowl Madness page will change from BLUE to GREEN as accepted bowl bids are confirmed. Sometimes these bids are accepted one team at a time and announced by the schools themselves, sometimes they are released as a pair by the bowl game itself, and in rare instances, the conferences will announce where all of their teams are going in one grand press conference or release. Once those bids have been accepted, you can go check out the wide selection of bowl game tickets for each and every game on GoTickets.

One thing to remember about bowl games is, just like the Super Bowl, each one has become more than just a three hour football game -- they are now a multi-day spectacles that include parades, parties, hospitality events, player appearances, concerts, and much more. Some cities and games have more than others, and entry to some is included with your game ticket while others require a separate bowl hospitality ticket to be purchased, but all are well worth spending a few extra hours or days in the host city. From South Beach in Miami to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, these bowl game cities have become great holiday destinations. And who knows, your bowl game might feature a surprise musical guest this year -- maybe a Garth Brooks concert?


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