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College Football Bowl Breakdown: BCS National Championship, No. 1 Florida State Vs No. 2 Auburn, Plus Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl And Best Of The Rest

Florida State vs. Auburn plus more breakdowns below
  By Brad Carroll  
Leading up to the final BCS standings in history, there was a ton of potential controversy that could have sent the much-maligned system out with a furor. But much like every other season, all the questions were answered on the field, and we'll have a national championship game that everyone can agree upon.

No. 1 Florida State will play No. 2 Auburn for the right to call themselves national champions January 6 in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl site.

The final BCS standings ever released was helped by Michigan State's upset of Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Saturday night. That knocked the Buckeyes out of the national title picture and allowed one-loss Auburn to move in. Undefeated Florida State was guaranteed a spot after beating Duke in the ACC Championship game. For once, nobody can complain.

Here's a rundown of the biggest bowl games of the season, including the BCS national championship, the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl and the best of the rest.

BCS National Championship, January 6
No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Florida State has been the most impressive team in all of college football this season. Nobody has been as good as the Seminoles, winning seemingly every game in blowout fashion. That won't be easy to duplicate against Auburn, who has been on one of the greatest runs in college football history. The Tigers beat Georgia on a miracle bomb in the final moments, then defeated Alabama on a touchdown return off a missed field goal with no time on the clock and finished it off with a SEC championship victory over Missouri, scoring 59 points. There's no doubt college football fans everywhere won when Michigan State beat Ohio State. That allowed us to get what should be a tremendous championship game.

Orange Bowl, January 3
No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Clemson, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Ohio State has to be the most disappointed team in the country. Being one win away from a national championship game appearance, the Buckeyes couldn't hold a 24-17 lead in the second half against Michigan State and have to settle for the Orange Bowl against Clemson. The Buckeyes will be playing in a record 10th BCS game, however. The Tigers lost big to South Carolina two weeks ago and come limping into this game as well. This will be a true test to see just how good the ACC and Big Ten conferences are.

Sugar Bowl, January 2
No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 11 Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
If Alabama comes out flat in this game, a definite possibility considering none of those players had any intention of not playing for a national title this season, Oklahoma could pull off the upset. All things being equal, however, and the Crimson Tide will win this game in a rout. For starters, Alabama has A.J. McCarron at quarterback, while Oklahoma has no idea who its starting quarterback will be. I would have preferred to have Oregon in this game, but this will be just the fifth time these two historic programs play each other, making it a must-watch game.

Rose Bowl, January 1
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Stanford, 5 p.m., ESPN
Talk about an old-school matchup. Michigan State and Stanford are built on defense and a ground and pound offense that make this a game unlike all the others. While teams could be scoring in the 40s in the other BCS matchups, this game will be a low-scoring, close game that could come down to a potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds. Michigan State and Stanford both won as underdogs in its respective conference title games, so both will have momentum in what should be a great game.

Fiesta Bowl, January 1
No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 15 Central Florida, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Now, this game could get ugly. Baylor has one of the best offenses in the country, while Central Florida can barely beat teams in the sub-par American Athletic Conference, or whatever it goes by now. If the Bears don't take the Knights lightly, they should put up 50 and win a game that will be over by halftime.

Cotton Bowl, January 3
No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m., FOX
FOX has made the Cotton Bowl an event again, putting it in primetime and up against the Orange Bowl, which should be welcomed by all college football fans. Both Missouri and Oklahoma State lost its respective title games, with the Tigers possibly blowing a chance at the national championship game if they had beaten Auburn. Oklahoma State failed again to beat its rival and nemesis Oklahoma. It's by far the best matchup of the non-BCS lineup.

Outback Bowl, January 1
No. 16 LSU vs. Iowa, 1 p.m., ESPN
This is a huge mismatch, but those bowl games are typically the ones that end up shocking everyone. Iowa has the potential to pull the upset, but would need the Tigers to play down a level. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger won't play for LSU, however, as he tore his ACL against Arkansas.

Capital One Bowl, January 1
No. 9 South Carolina vs. No. 19 Wisconsin, 1 p.m., ABC
Another SEC vs. Big Ten matchup on New Year's Day. Maybe South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney will make another hit that gets everyone talking again. He's likely going to the NFL draft after the game, so it's the last chance to see him play college ball.

Gator Bowl, January 1
No. 22 Georgia vs. Nebraska, 12 p.m., ESPN2
It'll be one of three SEC-Big Ten matchups on the first day of 2014. Georgia was national title contenders at the beginning of the season but injuries took its toll and the Bulldogs have to settle for a matchup with an unranked Nebraska squad. Cornhuskers fans won't get their biggest wish going into the new year, as Bo Pelini will be back as the team's head coach.

Heart of Dallas Bowl, January 1
UNLV vs. North Texas, 12 p.m., ESPNU
Seriously, this is a bowl game and it will be played on New Year's Day. Whatever happened to only the best teams playing in the new year? I can't imagine anyone choosing to watch this game unless you're an alum.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl, December 31
No. 21 Texas A&M vs. No. 24 Duke, 8 p.m., ESPN
This will be a tough game for Duke, as the Blue Devils have trouble scoring, while Texas A&M can score at will. It could also be the last game for Johnny Manziel before he leaves for the NFL.

Pinstripe Bowl, December 28
No. 25 Notre Dame vs. Rutgers, 12 p.m., ESPN
Notre Dame in a bowl game at Yankee Stadium? It doesn't get any better than that. Rutgers will be the de-facto home team, but the guess here is Irish fans will take over the stadium.

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