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College Bowl Postseason Schedule 2012-2013

2012-13 College Bowl Schedule

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Date / Bowl / Location / Time / Network / Combined Payouts
Dec. 15 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Albuquerque, N.M. 1 p.m. ESPN $912,500
Dec. 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
MAC vs. WAC Boise, Idaho 4:30 p.m. ESPN $650,000

Dec. 20 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Mountain West vs. TBA (BYU) San Diego, Calif. 8 p.m. ESPN $1 million

Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg
Big East vs. Conference USA St. Petersburg, Fla. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $1.075 million

Dec. 22 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt New Orleans, La. 12 p.m. ESPN $1 million
Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Las Vegas, Nev. 3:30 p.m. ESPN $2.2 million
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Conference USA vs. Mountain West Honolulu, Hawaii 8 p.m. ESPN $1.3 million
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Big Ten vs. MAC Detroit, Mich. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $1.5 million

Dec. 27 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
ACC vs. TBA (Army) Washington, D.C. 3 p.m. ESPN $2 million
Dec. 27 Belk Bowl
ACC vs. Big East Charlotte, N.C. 6:30 p.m. ESPN $3.4 million
Dec. 27 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Big 12 vs. Pac-12 San Diego, Calif. 9:45 p.m. ESPN $4.15 million

Dec. 28 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
ACC vs. SEC Shreveport, La. 2 p.m. ESPN $2.3 million
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl
ACC vs. Big East Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. ESPN $4.55 million
Dec. 28 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Big Ten vs. Big 12 Houston, Texas 9 p.m. ESPN $3.4 million

Dec. 29 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Conference USA vs. Mountain West Dallas, Texas 11:45 a.m. ESPN $1.2 million
Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Pac-12 vs. TBA (Navy) San Francisco, Calif. 3:15 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 $1.675 million
Dec. 29 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Big East vs. Big 12 Bronx, N.Y. 3:15 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 $3.6 million
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl
Big 12 vs. Pac-12 San Antonio, Texas 6:45 p.m. ESPN $6.35 million
Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Big Ten vs. Big 12 Tempe, Ariz. 10:15 p.m. ESPN $6.65 million

Dec. 31 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
SEC vs. ACC Nashville, Tenn. 12 p.m. ESPN $3.725 million
Dec. 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl
ACC vs. Pac-12 El Paso, Texas 2 p.m. CBS $4 million
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
SEC/Big East/Conference USA Memphis, Tenn. 3:30 p.m. ABC $2.875 million
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl
ACC vs. SEC Atlanta, Ga. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $6.9 million

Jan. 1 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Jacksonville, Fla. 12 p.m. ESPN2 $5.45 million
Jan. 1 TicketCity Bowl
Big Ten vs. Conference USA Dallas, Texas 12 p.m. ESPNU $2.2 million
Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Orlando, Fla. 1 p.m. ESPN $8.5 million
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Tampa, Fla. 1 p.m. ABC $7 million

Jan. 1 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio
BCS vs. BCS Pasadena, Calif. 5 p.m. ESPN $36 million
Jan. 1 Discover Orange Bowl
BCS vs. BCS Miami, Fla. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA

Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl
BCS vs. BCS New Orleans, La. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA
Jan. 3 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
BCS vs. BCS Glendale, Ariz. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA

Jan. 4 AT&T Cotton Bowl
SEC vs. Big 12 Arlington, Texas 8 p.m. FOX $7.25 million
Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl
Big East vs. SEC Birmingham, Ala. 1 p.m. ESPN $1.925 million
Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl
MAC vs. Sun Belt Mobile, Ala. 9 p.m. ESPN $1.5 million
Jan. 7 Discover BCS National

Championship Game
BCS #1 vs. BCS #2 Miami, Fla. 8:30 p.m. ESPN $44-48 million

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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'College Football Mondays' - LSU Clashes With Alabama in National Title Game Rematch

LSU-Alabama Rematch Guarantees Another National Title for SEC Team

Photo - CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

The much anticipated rematch of #1 LSU and #2 Alabama is finally here after a long bowl season. The BCS national title game has built to a fever pitch over the past month with two teams that guarantees the 6th consecutive SEC national title winner. This classic title game has all the makings of another tough slugfest that features two standout defenses. The regular season’s Game of the Century was a classic old time battle where both clubs displayed a strong physical presence and dominant defenses that attack the line of scrimmage. LSU prevailed 9-6 in overtime as Alabama as the Tide missed four FGs. No team scored a TD in the SEC clash in Tuscaloosa. That’s quite a contrast to the wild weekly shootouts in college football recently.

Each title game club likes to run the ball and play field position while relying on efficient QB play. The defensive play of both teams is worth the price of admission. Each club is battle tested after surviving the tough SEC West Division that features both LSU and Alabama, in addition to Arkansas. They could all finish in the top five nationally after tonight. The winner tonight has the claim to undisputed #1 national ranking. Winning the SEC has translated into 5 consecutive national titles. Tonight’s matchup guarantees another SEC national title winner.

One of the keys to this game will Bama star tailback Trent Richardson who had an impressive performance in the first matchup. Richardson ran for 169 yards in the November loss. He has been the catalyst for many Tide victories over recent years that warranted high Heisman Trophy award consideration. He rushed for 20 TDs with almost 1000 rushing over the second half of the 2011 season. Another big effort tonight could spell the difference in the title contest. The LSU front seven will be fully tested by Richardson and may be the critical deciding factor in the outcome.

Both LSU and Alabama have incredible secondaries that already rank with NFL defenses. This game features potentially five #1 defensive back picks from both clubs over just the next two draft classes. Tiger corners sophomore Tyrann Mathieu and junior Morris Claiborne have been huge impact defenders over the 2011 season. He has been a difference maker in virtually every game especially key matchups. Both teams have had weeks to prepare that has contributed to the hype of this classic late season matchup.

Prediction - LSU 16 - Alabama 13

Game Within the Game Matchup
LSU Receiver Rueben Randle vs Alabama Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
Great matchup of two future high #1 NFL Draft picks, maybe this April. This game features countless high draft selections especially on the defensive side of the ball. There could be as many as 8 defensive backs in this game that starting eventually in the NFL.

Wideout Rueben Randle is a former five-star recruit entering LSU who struggled over his first two seasons. He had a major breakout season despite QB changes for the Tigers in a rotation of starters. He has benefitted from more consistent play at QB that has allowed him to start to realize his enormous athletic potential.

Randle has put up new career receptions total and ranked among the SEC leaders in receiving TDs despite double coverage. He has a big lean 6’4’’, 205 lb frame with a great skill set for the position. He has the vertical speed to get deep consistently and the agility, hands and run after the catch ability to take the underneath passes and make a big play.

Bama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has rare physical skills for the position. He has great size at 6’3” and plays a physical brand of fotoball that HC Nick Saban plays and demands. He has an NFL safety body with cornerback athleticism and skills. His combination of size, hands and speed ranks him the top cornerback currently with the development to be one of the blue chip prospects for the NFL Draft 2012. Defenders Mark Barron and Robert Lester may be the best two safetie in the nation. Linebackers Don’t’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw are NFL ready after being battle tested in the Nick Saban scheme and tough SEC.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

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College Football 2011 Awards Finalist - Nagurski, Lombardi, Maxwell, Thorpe

Home Depot College Football Awards Finalist
(listed alphabetically)

*2010 award winner

Photo - Safety Mark Barron - Alabama

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year

Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Tyrann Mathieu. LSU
Devon Still, Penn State

Biletnikoff Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Receiver

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State*
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Robert Woods, USC

Butkus Award Finalists – Best Linebacker
• Lavonte David, Nebraska
• Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
• Jarvis Jones, Georgia
• Luke Kuechly, Boston College
• Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
• Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Placekicker

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Ray Guy Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Punter

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Steven Clark, Auburn
Jackson Rice, Oregon

John Mackey Award - Outstanding Tight End
Dwayne Allen of Clemson
Orson Charles of Georgia
Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame
Announced as finalists during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special.

Maxwell Award - College Player of the Year
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Trent Richardson, Alabama

Bronko Nagurski Trophy - Defensive Player of the Year Award
announced by the Football Writers Association of America

Alabama safety Mark Barron
LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly
Illinois end Whitney Mercilus
Penn State tackle Devon Still

Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation's Best Quarterback

Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford

Outland Trophy Nation's Most Outstanding
Interior Lineman

David DeCastro, Stanford
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Devon Still, Penn State

Jim Thorpe Award - Nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Back
David Amerson, NC State
Mark Barron, Alabama
Morris Claiborne, LSU

Doak Walker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Running Back

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
LaMichael James, Oregon*
Trent Richardson, Alabama

*2010 award winner

Additionally, the Rimington Award (most outstanding center) will be presented during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.

The University of Alabama football team was announced as this year's recipient of the Disney Sports Spirit
Award, given annually to the most inspirational figure or team in college football. Alabama was selected for its extraordinary efforts to help aid and rebuild the western Alabama region following last spring's devastating tornado. Long snapper Carson Tinker, who lost his girlfriend Ashley Harrison in the storm, will accept the award on behalf of the team at the award show.

2011 The Home Depot College Football Awards Highlights

* The Home Depot College Football Awards Roundtable Special, a discussion about the Heisman finalists and the year in college football, will begin at 5 p.m. on ESPNU on Thursday, Dec. 8
* The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show - hosted by Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and Dari Nowkhah - will air at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and again after the show at 11 p.m.
* The Home Depot College Football Awards will feature the live presentation of the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; the Disney Spirit Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

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'College Football Monday' - Frank Coyle's Blog

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's New Weekly Column

Ryan Broyles Wins Player of Week

Photo – WR Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma

The top four clubs remained unbeaten after last weekend with all except Boise St. struggling at times to win. Boise St toasted a weak Idaho club with QB Kellen Moore putting on another excellent performance. Auburn pulled away from a stubborn Georgia club behind a strong offense once again led by QB Cam Newton. Both TCU and Oregon won close games. In addition, five top ten clubs Ohio St., Stanford, Auburn, Oregon and Texas Christian all led or trailed by less than a touchdown in the second half of their victories.

Auburn continues to impress behind record setting QB Cam Newton. Newton is the first QB in SEC history to throw for over 2000 yards and rush for over 1000 yards in the same season. He has totaled 38 TDs thus far this season and is clearly the top Heisman Trophy candidate. I will hold off from any further Heisman Trophy discussion related to Newton until he addresses the NCAA infraction charges related to being offered money by Mississippi St. prior to signing with Auburn. He deserves the benefit of the doubt, but at the same time he must address these issues before they become bigger than his outstanding 2010 performance.

Every poll except Draft Insiders.com who has TCU as the top club, ranks Oregon as the #1 team in the nation. The Ducks dodged a bullet Saturday when they beat a mediocre Cal club 15-13. They will probably maintain their #1 status with a bye week up next and will not play until Nov 26th when they face a tough Arizona club on a Friday night affair. TCU and Auburn are also off next week that gives Boise St. an opportunity to gain ground among voters with two Friday night games coming up vs Fresno St and Nevada.

Maybe the biggest win last week was South Carolina beating Florida 36-14. HC Steve Spurrier of the Gamecocks beat his old club Florida for the first time. What makes it especially gratifying is that the victory gets South Carolina in the SEC title game for the first time ever. The Virginia Tech win over North Carolina allows the Hokies to continue to rise up the charts and overcome their poor 2010 start where they lost their first two games. They are in the Top15 teams currently and could sneak into the top ten before the season is over. HC Frank Benner has done another great job to get and keep this club focused after losing to Boise St and James Madison to start the 2010 season.

The SEC and Big Ten are clearly the top two conferences this season with the Big 12 and Pac 10 following. Two conferences, the ACC and Big East have struggled this fall with the ACC mired in mediocrity and the Big East struggling to field a top 25 club for any length of time.

Wisconsin scored on all 12 possessions last week as they absolutely pounded a hapless Indiana defense 83-20. They did this without starting running back John Clay and center Peter Konz behind a powerful ground game that totaled over 300 yards.

The three service academies have quietly had outstanding performances this fall with Navy, Air Force and Army each showing winning records. That has only happened twice over the past 50 years. Navy is 7-3 while AF is 7-4 and Army 6-4. All of Air Force’s loss has come to quality teams with three in the Top 25. The Army-Navy game this year should be an interesting matchup with both clubs possible bowl participants.

College Football Week Ten Notes
Oklahoma’s receiver Ryan Broyles had another strong effort in the Sooners 45-7 blowout of Texas Tech. Broyles had 8 catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs. He set new Oklahoma career records in the process for receptions and TD passes, set by Mark Clayton. He is within the season record of 89 catches he established last season. After Saturday’s win, he has 86 receptions with two regular season games remaining. He ranks in our Top 20 Pro Prospects among senior and junior prospects. He brings a lot to the table as a pro receiver/returner. He is both fast and quick with natural running skills to become a top flight pro playmaker. He is a difference maker as both a receiver and returner with a rare combination of speed, quickness and natural running skills. He should to one of the elite speedsters at the NFL Combine in February if he declares in January.

Texas Christian's all- purpose player, Jeremy Kerley had an outstanding performance in their victory over San Diego St. Kerley caught three TD passes from QB Andy Dalton to help overcome a 14-0 Aztec lead. Kerley shows fine hands and route running with the running skills to make things happen after he gets his hands on the ball.

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

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'College Football Monday'

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's New Weekly Column

Mikel LeShoure Wins Player of the Week

Photo - RB Kendall Hunter – Oklahoma St

The top four clubs remained unbeaten with three clubs idle and only Boise St. playing this week. The Broncos pounded Fresno St 51-0 as they march through the WAC undefeated. They face their biggest test this week at Nevada in what should be a high scoring affair. Boise St’s QB Kellen Moore put on another excellent performance directing the potent offense that has them in the title chase.

Auburn rested last week up along with Alabama waiting for their much anticipated ‘Iron Bowl’ contest this Friday. Auburn hopes to secure a BCS berth for #1 here vs a tough two loss Bama club. The Tide is the defending champion and are capable of pulling an upset here. The Tigers’ QB Cam Newton will be the focus of attention on his march to the Heisman Trophy and possible national championship. TCU and Oregon were also idle. Oregon faces a tough matchup vs Arizona this Friday on a game that has national title implications.

LSU has quietly moved into national title contention but they need a lot of help to move up as a one loss team. They have faced the toughest schedule among top ten teams, but with four undefeated clubs ahead of them they need an upset weekend over Thanksgiving to move up the rankings.

Maybe the biggest win last week was Texas A&M beating Nebraska 9-6. There is no better place for college football than College Station, the scene of many great Aggie victories. The huge win put the Aggies at 8-3 and eligible for a good bowl invitation. Virginia Tech continues their recovery from a 0-2 start with a nice win over Miami. The Hokies are now 9-2 and knocking on the door for the top ten.

The Oklahoma St Cowboys are one of the great stories of the year. HC Mike Gundy has done a remarkable job leading them to their first 10 win season with a 10-1 record. They rank in the top ten and face rival Oklahoma (9-2) in a huge Bedlam matchup this Saturday. The Cowboys (10-1 overall and 6-1 Big 12) are looking to lock up the Big 12 South championship with a win over the Sooners (9-2 overall; 5-2 Big 12). Running back Kendall Hunter rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries and is headed for another Big 12 rushing title at the conclusion of the season. HC Gundy ranks right at the top of the Coach of the Year honors in what should be a very difficult vote.

In one of the most bizarre college football games in history, Illinois blasted Northwestern 48-27 at Wrigley Field. What made the game so bizarre is that both offenses had to play in the same direction due to the bleachers being to close to the playing field at one end. This was the first college game at Wrigley in 40 years and will fit into Chicago lore along with Billy goats and black cats plus the infamous Cubs losing streaks. Illinii running back Mikel LeShoure rushed for a school record 330 yards and 2 TDs.

In the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame beat Army 27-3. In the home of champions in the Bronx, the Irish became bowl eligible with the victory with another strong defensive performance. They complete their season at Southern Cal before entertaining bowl invitations.

College Football Week Ten Notes
Oklahoma St receiver Justin Blackmon extended his Cowboy receiving records with his 10th straight 100 yard receiving and TD game. Blackmon had 10 catches for 130 yards and 1 TD. It brings his 2010 season totals to 85 receptions for 1415 yards and 16 TDs, working with emerging passer Brandon Weeden. As a third year sophomore, he could declare for the NFL Draft 2011 in January if he wants to leave Stillwater.

Nevada running back Vai Taua is an integral part of the Wolf Pack’s high-powered attack. He has set a new NCAA record with 24 games of over 100 yards on the ground. He is a highly developed back with the power to run inside and the quickness to get to the outside. He shows fine hands as an outlet receiver and is one of the more well-rounded and developed backs in the nation. He has moved up the charts as a pro prospect and with a strong showing in the postseason, he could be selected right after the top tier of running back prospects.

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

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