No. 11 Hyundai Sun Bowl – December 31st on CBS at 11am PT
Nov 23, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17)in the second half of the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Rose Bowl. Arizona State Sun Devils won 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
No. 17 UCLA (9-3) enjoyed another excellent season under Coach Jim Mora while their Sun Bowl opponents Virginia Tech (8-4) faltered at the end losing three of their last five games. The Hokies played two nationally ranked teams and were able to take down one of them. Playing in the Pac-12, the Bruins had five nationally ranked teams on their schedule and managed a pair of wins. One of those victories was over cross-town rival USC in convincing fashion earning them bragging rights for another year. Virginia Tech has a decent passing attack but not much of a running game. Bruins sophomore QB Brett Hundley has nearly as many yards rushing as the Hokies top running back Trey Edmunds. Yes, Hundley has the potential to play on Sundays and is developing into a fine passer. The Bruins wish they were playing on their home turf, the Rose Bowl, but Mora will have them well prepared for yet another big game.
No. 10 Outback Bowl – January 1st on ESPN at 10am PT
Nov 29, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Craig Loston (6) jumps onto the pile as Arkansas Razorbacks running back Alex Collins (3) is tackled from behind by LSU Tigers defensive end Jermauria Rasco (directly behind) and linebacker Lamin Barrow (18) at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
No. 16 LSU (9-3) made their way through a 2013 schedule stacked with five nationally ranked opponents, putting three of those in the win column. Playing in the BigTen, Iowa (8-4) didn’t have a comparable quality of schedule. The Hawkeyes failed to get a win over any of the three ranked teams they played. And if they are to win the Outback Bowl to start their new year off on the right track, their defense will have to keep LSU to three touchdowns or less. Both of these teams are built to play a similar style of football, so it’s going to come down to execution. And the Tigers are likely going to be celebrating 2014 once the final seconds tick off the game clock.
No. 9 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – January 1st on ESPN at 5:30pm PT
Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears running back Shock Linwood (32) runs with the ball during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT
No. 6 Baylor (11-1) matches No. 15 Central Florida (11-1) in a number of ways, including where they are bowling this year. This will mark the first time either school has played in a BCS game. Because of their timing, it will coincidentally be the last time as well. This game will be the first time the two football programs have played each other. The Knights are champions of the newly formed AAC, marking a first. Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996, Baylor won the conference crown for the first time in 2013. This was the first 10-win regular season for Central Florida. Baylor had never completed their regular season schedule with 11-wins until 2013, another first. And when this game ends on January 1st, expect the high-octane offense of the Bears to have outscored the Knights.