The storylines surrounding the 2013-14 bowl games have been endless since the official pairings were revealed Dec. 8. In addition to the BCS' swan song, college football fans also will have the chance to witness a handful of never-before-seen matchups to close out the year, and into 2014 as well. Check out some of the most notable contests below, and be sure to shop the Vivid Seats marketplace for our complete selection of NCAA Bowl Game tickets available now!
BCS National Championship – Florida State vs. Auburn | Jan. 6 | Tickets
The SEC's winning streak is on the line in the last BCS National Championship game ever on Jan. 6 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. Thanks to a big-time defeat of Missouri and timely Ohio State loss in the Big Ten Championship game, the Auburn Tigers came through in the clutch and will have the chance to preserve the conference's BCS Championship winning streak, which dates back to 2007 and includes Auburn's own in 2010. Their challengers, the undefeated Florida State Seminoles, will compete for a national title for the first time since winning it all in the 2000 Sugar Bowl. In somewhat fitting fashion, FSU also participated in the national title game (Fiesta Bowl) during the BCS' first season of existence in 1998.
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Rose Bowl – Stanford vs. Michigan State | Jan. 1 | Tickets
In the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl game, the Stanford Cardinal will look to make it two straight after defeating Wisconsin last season, while the Michigan State Spartans have earned a spot in the contest for the first time since 1988 and will be vying for the Big Ten's first Rose Bowl win since 2010. As usual, the two squads will take the gridiron on New Year's Day at Rose Bowl Stadium.
Cotton Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. Missouri | Jan. 3 | Tickets
In this clash of former Big 12 rivals, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will square off against a Missouri Tigers squad that has put together one of the most impressive turnarounds of the season, second only to SEC foe, Auburn. Both teams were considered strong contenders for a BCS bowl game berth throughout the year, so expect a thriller when the Cotton Bowl takes over AT&T Stadium on Jan. 3.
Sugar Bowl – Alabama vs. Oklahoma | Jan. 2 | Tickets
For the first time since 2003, two of the country's most storied college football programs will go head-to-head when the Alabama Crimson Tide battle the Oklahoma Sooners in the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. With a dramatic loss at Auburn as time expired, Alabama was denied an opportunity to contend for a third straight national championship, but will still have the chance to collect its fifth straight win in the postseason, while the Sooners will be looking for their first bowl game win since 2011.
Orange Bowl – Ohio State vs. Clemson | Jan. 3 | Tickets
Miami's Sun Life Stadium is set to host two of the country's top teams on Jan. 3. Back in the postseason mix once again, the Ohio State Buckeyes fell one win shy of a likely national championship game bid, but on the plus side, still earned a slot in a BCS bowl game, the program's 10th to lead the NCAA. Like the Buckeyes, the Clemson Tigers displayed potential throughout the year, and ranked as high as No. 3 in the AP Top 25. Though it will be Clemson's first time facing OSU since 1978, it will be the program's second Orange Bowl appearance in three seasons. Ohio State last participated in the contest back in 1977.
Alamo Bowl – Oregon vs. Texas | Dec. 30 | Tickets
The sixth all-time meeting between the Oregon Ducks and Texas Longhorns will come courtesy of the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 at San Antonio's Alamodome. While Texas may hold a slight home-field advantage thanks to the school's close proximity, Oregon will certainly be ready for a battle and seeking redemption after missing out on a BCS bowl berth for the first time since 2008.
Fiesta Bowl – Baylor vs. UCF | Jan. 1 | Tickets
The Fiesta Bowl will serve as a first in more ways than one for the Baylor Bears and Central Florida Knights. Not only will the New Year's Day clash at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium be the first-ever meeting between the programs, but it also will be the first time each school will be competing in a BCS bowl game. Both Baylor and UCF will have momentum on their side, as the Bears captured their first Big 12 title since 1980, and the Knights have won a school-best eight games straight and have prevailed in their last two bowl games.
Capital One Bowl – Wisconsin vs. South Carolina | Jan. 1 | Tickets
In the same vein as the Fiesta Bowl, the Capital One Bowl also boasts two first-time challengers for another New Year's Day matchup featuring the Wisconsin Badgers and South Carolina Gamecocks at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The venue was the site of Wisconsin's last postseason win in 2009, while South Carolina has triumphed in its last two bowl games against the Badgers' conference rivals, Michigan and Nebraska.
Outback Bowl – LSU vs. Iowa | Jan. 1 | Tickets
This year's Outback Bowl will mark the ninth anniversary of the lone matchup between the LSU Tigers and Iowa Hawkeyes. In a dramatic finish in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, Iowa connected on a last-second touchdown throw to claim the 30-25 win, so it's safe to say LSU will be looking to even the score this time around. The Hawkeyes earned a bowl game bid for the first time since 2011, while the Tigers have secured 14 straight including the upcoming Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 1.
2013-14 Bowl Game Gifts
For the eighth year in a row, the SportsBusiness Journal compiled a breakdown of the various gift packages awarded to bowl game participants, including items such as a Sony PlayStation 4, Oakley sunglasses, and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Check out the full story HERE.