Schedule and preview capsules for the 2012 Bowl Championship Series and BCS National Championship games:
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio: Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Jan. 2, ESPN, 5pm ET
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., is the site of this BCS matchup between the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers from the Big Ten and the No. 5 Oregon Ducks from the Pac-12. This game features two of the nation’s best running backs in Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and Oregon’s LaMichael James, and it could turn into a shootout as the Ducks are No. 3 in the nation in scoring offense and the Badgers are No. 4.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Oklahoma State
Jan. 2, ESPN, 8:30pm ET
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., hosts the Fiesta Bowl featuring the BCS No. 4 Stanford Cardinal from the Pac-12 against the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys from the Big 12. Two of the nation’s best aerial attacks will be on display in this duel in the desert as Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck (a lock to be the NFL’s top draft pick in April) goes up against his Oklahoma State counterpart Brandon Weeden.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Michigan
Jan. 3, ESPN, 8:30pm Live
Two surprise teams will meet in the Sugar Bowl tonight at the Superdome in New Orleans as the BCS No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies take on the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines. In his first year as head coach, Brady Hoke led Michigan to a 10-2 record and the school’s first BCS bowl appearance since 2007. Virginia Tech (11-2) earned the ACC’s first-ever at-large BCS bid despite getting blown out by Clemson in the conference title game.
Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. West Virginia
Jan. 4, ESPN, 8:30pm ET
Miami’s Sun Life Stadium is the site of the Orange Bowl matchup between the BCS No. 15 Clemson Tigers of the ACC and the No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers from the Big East. Clemson earned a BCS berth with a dominating victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC title game. West Virginia got the Big East’s automatic BCS bid after winning three straight to end the season.
Allstate BCS National Championship Game: LSU vs. Alabama
Jan. 9, ESPN, 8:30pm ET
Depending on your point of view, the Nov. 5 meeting between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide that ended in a 9-6 overtime win for LSU was either an epic struggle between two great SEC teams or one of the least entertaining college football games ever. Either way BCS No. 2 Alabama will meet No. 1 LSU again, this time for the national championship at the Superdome in New Orleans.
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