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Bowl game schedule for New Year's Day

3:12 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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Spending the day watching football?

Here's a schedule of all the bowl games:

  • Heart of Dallas Bowl, Purdue vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 1, 12 p.m., ESPNU
  • TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Northwestern vs. Mississippi State Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m., ESPN2
  • Capital One Bowl, Georgia vs. Nebraska Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC
  • Outback Bowl, Michigan vs. South Carolina Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ESPN
  • Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio, Stanford vs. Wisconsin Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ESPN
  • Discover Orange Bowl, Florida State vs. Northern IllinoisJan. 1, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Today's six game college football bowl schedule gets started in Texas and Florida.

Oklahoma State brings a 7-5 record into its meeting with 6-6 Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Oklahoma State is trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2005.

The Cowboys already have consecutive losses for the first time in three years, with losses to Oklahoma and Baylor to end the regular season. Purdue is going for its fourth consecutive win since a five-game losing streak that included a three-point loss at Notre Dame and an overtime loss at Ohio State.

Northwestern is 9-3 headed into its Gator Bowl appearance against 8-4 Mississippi State in Jacksonville. Northwestern has lost an NCAA-record-tying nine consecutive bowl games, including four in the last four years. The Wildcats' last bowl win came in the 1949 Rose Bowl.

Mississippi State has won its last five bowl games dating to 1999. It's the longest streak in the nation. Georgia and Nebraska will square off in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando (1 p.m. Eastern).

The Bulldogs are 11-2. The Cornhuskers check in at 10-3. The Bulldogs came up just a few yards short of capturing the SEC crown and trip the BCS national championship game, when they fell to defending BCS champion Alabama, 32-28.

They acknowledged this week that wound hasn't fully healed, but want this bowl game to be the first step. The Cornhuskers are looking to erase the memories of their lopsided 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, which cost them a trip to the Rose Bowl. Nebraska had won six in a row before its championship game loss.

And it will be 10-2 South Carolina versus 8-4 Michigan playing in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. South Carolina is trying to close out the most successful three-year run with the second 11-win season in school history.

The Gamecocks, who've won four straight after consecutive losses to LSU and Florida derailed hopes of playing for the Southeastern Conference title, won 11 games for the first time last season. Michigan is trying to end a two-game losing streak. Three of the Wolverines' four losses came against the top three teams in the Associated Press poll - Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State - heading into the postseason.

The Granddaddy of postseason games gets under way later today in Pasadena.

The Rose Bowl pits 11-2 Stanford against 8-5 Wisconsin. Stanford can close out its Pac-12 championship season with its first victory in the Rose Bowl since 1972, while Wisconsin has a chance for its first win in three straight trips to the Granddaddy of Them All.

The Badgers will be led by athletic director Barry Alvarez, who picked up his coaching whistle for one more game after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.

And capping off the first day of the new year, 11-2 Florida State plays 12-1 Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Northern Illinois seeks to validate its bowl bid after becoming the first Mid-American Conference team to reach the Bowl Championship Series.

Florida State is looking for its fifth consecutive bowl win, but is trying to break a streak of four consecutive losses in BCS bowls. The Seminoles' EJ Manuel seeks to become only the second quarterback to go 4-0 in bowl games

Associated Press

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