2013–14 NCAA football bowl games

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The 2013–14 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college football bowl games. They finished the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 35 team-competitive games and three all-star games (down from four as the Texas vs the Nation game was cancelled for this season). The games began on Saturday December 21, 2013 and, aside from the all-star games, ended with the 2014 BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that was played on January 6, 2014.


The 2013–14 bowl season served as the last for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) format. Starting in 2014–15 a new system, the College Football Playoff, will be used.

The 2013–2014 bowl game schedule, with 70 teams to compete in 35 bowls, was announced in May 2013.[1] All bowl game participants were selected by December 8, 2013.

Note: All times are EST (UTC−5). Rankings from final BCS poll.

Non-BCS games[edit]

Dec. 21Gildan New Mexico BowlUniversity Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
2:00 pm
ESPNColorado State Rams (7–6)
Washington State Cougars (6–6)
Colorado State 48
Washington State 45
Royal Purple Las Vegas BowlSam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, NV
3:30 pm
ABC#25 USC Trojans (9–3)
#20 Fresno State Bulldogs (11–1)
USC 45
Fresno State 20
Famous Idaho Potato BowlBronco Stadium
Boise, ID
5:30 pm
ESPNSan Diego State Aztecs (7–5)
Buffalo Bulls (8–4)
San Diego State 49
Buffalo 24
R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
9:00 pm
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8–4)
Tulane Green Wave (7–5)
Sun Belt
Louisiana–Lafayette 24
Tulane 21
Dec. 23Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. PetersburgTropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
2:00 pm
East Carolina Pirates (9–3)
Ohio Bobcats (7–5)
East Carolina 37
Ohio 20
Dec. 24Sheraton Hawai'i BowlAloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:00 pm
Oregon State Beavers (6–6)
Boise State Broncos (8–4)
Oregon State 38
Boise State 23
Dec. 26Little Caesars Pizza BowlFord Field
Detroit, MI
6:00 pm
Pittsburgh Panthers (6–6)
Bowling Green Falcons (10–3)
Pittsburgh 30
Bowling Green 27
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia BowlQualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
9:30 pm
Utah State Aggies (8–5)
#23 NIU Huskies (12–1)
Utah State 21
NIU 14
Dec. 27Military Bowl presented by Northrop GrummanNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD
2:30 pm
Marshall Thundering Herd (9–4)
Maryland Terrapins (7–5)
Marshall 31
Maryland 20
Texas BowlReliant Stadium
Houston, TX
6:00 pm
Syracuse Orange (6–6)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (8–4)
Big Ten
Syracuse 21
Minnesota 17
Fight Hunger BowlAT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
9:30 pm
Washington Huskies (8–4)
BYU Cougars (8–4)
Washington 31
BYU 16
Dec. 28New Era Pinstripe BowlYankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
12:00 pm
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8–4)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6–6)[2]
Notre Dame 29
Rutgers 16
Belk BowlBank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
3:20 pm
North Carolina Tar Heels (6–6)
Cincinnati Bearcats (9–3)
North Carolina 39
Cincinnati 17
Russell Athletic BowlFlorida Citrus Bowl Stadium
Orlando, FL
6:45 pm
#18 Louisville Cardinals (11–1)
Miami Hurricanes (9–3)
Louisville 36
Miami 9
Buffalo Wild Wings BowlSun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
10:15 pm
Kansas State Wildcats (7–5)
Michigan Wolverines (7–5)
Big 12
Big Ten
Kansas State 31
Michigan 14
Dec. 30Bell Helicopter Armed Forces BowlAmon G. Carter Stadium
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
11:45 am
Navy Midshipmen (8–4)
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8–4)
Navy 24
Middle Tennessee 6
Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlLP Field
Nashville, TN
3:15 pm
Ole Miss Rebels (7–5)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7–5)
Ole Miss 25
Georgia Tech 17
Valero Alamo BowlAlamodome
San Antonio, TX
6:45 pm
#10 Oregon Ducks (10–2)
Texas Longhorns (8–4)
Big 12
Oregon 30
Texas 7
National University Holiday BowlQualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
10:15 pm
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7–5)
#14 Arizona State Sun Devils (10–3)
Big 12
Texas Tech 37
Arizona State 23
Dec. 31AdvoCare V100 BowlIndependence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
12:30 pm
Arizona Wildcats (7–5)
Boston College Eagles (7–5)
Arizona 42
Boston College 19
Hyundai Sun BowlSun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
2:00 pm
CBS#17 UCLA Bruins (9–3)
Virginia Tech Hokies (8–4)
Virginia Tech 12
AutoZone Liberty BowlLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
4:00 pm
ESPNMississippi State Bulldogs (6–6)
Rice Owls (10–3)
Mississippi State 44
Rice 7
Chick-fil-A BowlGeorgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
8:00 pm
#21 Texas A&M Aggies (8–4)
#24 Duke Blue Devils (10–3)
Texas A&M 52
Duke 48
Jan. 1TaxSlayer.com Gator BowlEverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
12:00 pm
ESPN2Nebraska Cornhuskers (8–4)
#22 Georgia Bulldogs (8–4)
Big Ten
Nebraska 24
Georgia 19
Heart of Dallas Bowl[g]Cotton Bowl
Dallas, TX
12:00 pm
ESPNUNorth Texas Mean Green (8–4)
UNLV Rebels (6–6)
North Texas 36
Capital One BowlFlorida Citrus Bowl Stadium
Orlando, FL
1:00 pm
ABC#9 South Carolina Gamecocks (10–2)
#19 Wisconsin Badgers (8–4)
Big Ten
South Carolina 34
Wisconsin 24
Outback BowlRaymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
1:00 pm
ESPN#16 LSU Tigers (9–3)
Iowa Hawkeyes (8–4)
Big Ten
LSU 21
Iowa 14
Jan. 3AT&T Cotton Bowl ClassicAT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX
7:30 pm
FOX#8 Missouri Tigers (11–2)
#13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10–2)
Big 12
Missouri 41
Oklahoma State 31
Jan. 4BBVA Compass BowlLegion Field
Birmingham, AL
1:00 pm
ESPNVanderbilt Commodores (8–4)
Houston Cougars (8–4)
Vanderbilt 41
Houston 24
Jan. 5GoDaddy BowlLadd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
9:00 pm
Arkansas State Red Wolves (7–5)
Ball State Cardinals (10–2)
Sun Belt
Arkansas State 23
Ball State 20

BCS Games[edit]


Jan. 1Rose Bowl presented by VizioRose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
5:00 pm
ESPN#4 Michigan State Spartans[4] (12–1)
#5 Stanford Cardinal[4] (11–2)
Big Ten
Michigan State 24
Stanford 20
Tostitos Fiesta BowlUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
8:30 pm
#15 UCF Knights[5] (11–1)
#6 Baylor Bears[5] (11–1)
Big 12
UCF 52
Baylor 42
Jan. 2Allstate Sugar BowlMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:30 pm
#11 Oklahoma Sooners[6] (10–2)
#3 Alabama Crimson Tide[6] (11–1)
Big 12
Oklahoma 45
Alabama 31
Jan. 3Discover Orange BowlSun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30 pm
#12 Clemson Tigers[7] (10–2)
#7 Ohio State Buckeyes[7] (12–1)
Big Ten
Clemson 40
Ohio State 35
Jan. 6Vizio BCS National Championship GameRose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
8:30 pm
#1 Florida State Seminoles[8] (13–0)
#2 Auburn Tigers[8] (12–1)
Florida State 34
Auburn 31

Post BCS all-star games[edit]

Jan. 18East-West Shrine GameTropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
4:00 pm
NFL NetworkEast Team vs.
West Team
East Team 23
West Team 13
NFLPA Collegiate BowlStubHub Center
Carson, CA
6:00 pm
ESPN2American Team vs.
National Team
National Team 31
American Team 17
Jan. 25Senior BowlLadd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
NFL NetworkNorth Team vs.
South Team
South Team 20
North Team 10

Bowl Challenge Cup standings[edit]

ConferenceTotal gamesWinsLossesPct.
Sun Belt2201.000
Big 12633.500
Big Ten725.286

Selection of the teams[edit]

To play in a bowl game, a college football team must qualify to do so according to the NCAA rules of bowl eligibility.

As in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons, initial bowl eligibility would go to teams with no lower than a non-losing record (6–6) for the season. On August 2, 2012, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a significant change to the process to determine bowl eligible teams, going so far as to potentially allow 5–7 teams to go to a bowl, in case there were not enough regular bowl-eligible teams to fill every game.

The easing of the bowl eligibility rules resulted in a record number of teams, 79 versus the 71 or 72 of the past few seasons, being deemed eligible for selection to a 2013–14 bowl game. The easing of rules to include teams with losing records and teams from the lower Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), will carry extra importance starting in the 2014–15 bowl season, when the number of bowl games will increase to 39—requiring 78 eligible teams.

If a bowl has one or more conferences/teams unable to meet their contractual commitments and there are no available bowl-eligible teams, the open spots can be filled – by the particular bowl's sponsoring agencies – as follows:[9]

  1. Teams finishing with an above .500 record, that is, 7–5. In case of two teams with identical record, the team with a .500 or above in conference play, AND winning percentage in a) FIRST non-conference Road games against i) BCS conference opponents, ii) Division I non BCS conference opponents, b) SECOND non-conference Neutral-site games against iii) BCS conference opponents, iv) Division I non BCS conference opponents, c) THIRD non-conference Home games against v) BCS conference opponents, vi) Division I non BCS conference opponents, and last, games at home against lower division opponents.
  2. Teams finishing 6–6 with one win against a team from the lower Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), regardless of whether that FCS school meets NCAA scholarship requirements. Until now, an FCS win counted only if that opponent met the scholarship requirements—specifically, that school had to award at least 90% of the FCS maximum of 63 scholarship equivalents over a two-year period. In the 2013 season, programs in four FCS conferences cannot meet the 90% requirement (56.7 equivalents)—the Ivy League, which prohibits all athletic scholarships; the Pioneer Football League, which does not currently award football scholarships; the Patriot League, which only began awarding football scholarships in the 2012 season and had a limit of 30 equivalents in the 2013 season; and the Northeast Conference, which limits football scholarships to 40 equivalents.
  3. 6–6 teams with two wins over FCS schools.
  4. 6–7 teams that normally play a 13-team schedule, such as Hawaii's home opponents. Although Hawaii normally plays a 13-game schedule, it is only playing 12 games this season.
  5. FCS teams who are in the final year of the two-year FBS transition process, if they have at least a 6–6 record.
  6. Finally, 5–7 teams that have a top-5 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. This was later adjusted to allow other 5–7 teams to be selected thereafter—in order of their APR.[10]

Under a rule change approved by the NCAA Legislative Council on May 3, 2013, teams that enter a conference championship game with a 6–6 record, with no more than one win over an FCS school, are bowl-eligible regardless of the result of the championship game, without the team having to seek an NCAA waiver.[11]

Bowl Championship Series[edit]

Ten teams were selected for the Bowl Championship Series:

BCS top 25 teams[edit]

RankTeamConference and standingBowl game
1Florida State SeminolesACC championsNational Championship Game
2Auburn TigersSEC championsNational Championship Game
3Alabama Crimson TideSEC Western Division co-championsSugar Bowl
4Michigan State SpartansBig Ten championsRose Bowl
5Stanford CardinalPac-12 championsRose Bowl
6Baylor BearsBig 12 championsFiesta Bowl
7Ohio State BuckeyesBig Ten Leaders Division championsOrange Bowl
8Missouri TigersSEC Eastern Division championsCotton Bowl Classic
9South Carolina GamecocksSEC Eastern Division second placeCapital One Bowl
10Oregon DucksPac-12 North Division co-championsAlamo Bowl
11Oklahoma SoonersBig 12 second place (tie)Sugar Bowl
12Clemson TigersACC Atlantic Division second placeOrange Bowl
13Oklahoma State CowboysBig 12 second place (tie)Cotton Bowl Classic
14Arizona State Sun DevilsPac-12 South Division championsHoliday Bowl
15UCF KnightsAmerican championsFiesta Bowl
16LSU TigersSEC Western Division third placeOutback Bowl
17UCLA BruinsPac-12 South Division second place (tie)Sun Bowl
18Louisville CardinalsAmerican second placeRussell Athletic Bowl
19Wisconsin BadgersBig Ten Leaders Division second placeCapital One Bowl
20Fresno State BulldogsMWC championsLas Vegas Bowl
21Texas A&M AggiesSEC Western Division fourth placeChick-fil-A Bowl
22Georgia BulldogsSEC Eastern Division third placeGator Bowl
23NIU HuskiesMAC West Division championsPoinsettia Bowl
24Duke Blue DevilsACC Coastal Division ChampionsChick-fil-A Bowl
25USC TrojansPac-12 South Division second place (tie)Las Vegas Bowl

Teams that became bowl eligible[edit]

Number of bowl berths available: 70
Number of teams bowl eligible: 79

The easing of the bowl eligibility rules, to include teams with non-losing (6–6) or even losing records, resulted in a record number of teams – 79 versus the 71 or 72 of the past few seasons – being deemed eligible for selection to a 2013–14 bowl game.

Nine eligible teams did not receive a bowl invitation, including two with winning records: Western Kentucky (8–4), Toledo (7–5), Central Michigan (6–6), Florida Atlantic (6–6), Louisiana-Monroe (6–6), San Jose State (6–6), South Alabama (6–6), Texas State (6–6), Troy (6–6)

Teams that did not become bowl eligible[edit]

Number of teams bowl ineligible: 46

Upcoming changes for 2014–15[edit]

Starting in 2014–15 a new system, the College Football Playoff, will be used to determine the national champion.

The new format will have a committee of 13 people select and seed the top 12 teams.[12] These teams will be paired in six of the ten oldest bowl games—the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta bowls. The new format will be marketed as the "New Year's Six",[13] with three bowls played daily, typically on consecutive days around New Year's Day.

Within this New Year's Six format, the top four seeded teams will be paired in two national semi-finals, followed by a national championship game played on the first Monday that is six or more days after the semifinals, at a neutral site.[14] The two semi-finals will rotate each year, first at the Rose and Sugar bowls, then the Orange and Fiesta bowls, then the Cotton and Peach bowls.

In addition, the number of bowls will expand to 39 games in 2014–15, with four new games – the Camellia Bowl, scheduled for the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama pitting the Sun Belt against the MAC; the Bahamas Bowl to be played in Nassau between the MAC and the American Athletic Conference; the Miami Beach Bowl to be played in Marlins Park with an AAC team as host; and the Boca Raton Bowl, to be played at FAU Stadium, with a third MAC team taking on a team from Conference USA. The increase to 76 teams (38 bowls + national championship played by semi-final bowl winners) in bowl play required the easing of bowl eligibility rules, allowing teams with losing records or teams in the lower FCS to be deemed eligible for invitation to a bowl game.


  1. ^ The American Athletic Conference would have its sixth team to this game, but only five teams were bowl-eligible.
  2. ^ Conference USA was to have sent a team, but because of a lack of bowl eligible teams, the Pac-12 sent a team instead.
  3. ^ The Big Ten Conference would have had its eighth selection go to this bowl, but it had only 7 eligible teams. Therefore, the ACC sent a team instead.
  4. ^ Army would have been eligible, but had a losing record.
  5. ^ The Big 12 Conference was supposed to send its seventh selection to the Pinstripe Bowl. However since only six Big 12 teams were eligible this year, its place will be taken by an at-large team.
  6. ^ With two SEC in the BCS, the Pac-12 replaces them.
  7. ^ Neither the Big Ten or Big 12 were able to fulfill their required bowl slots for this game.


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