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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Big Ten's bowl schedule for 2013

By Adam Rittenberg

We'll know soon enough the Big Ten's bowl agreements for the 2014-19 cycle, but you can dust off those calendars for the final year of the current lineup.

The bowl schedule for the 2013 season is out. Here's what you need to know for the Big Ten's tie-in games.

Jan. 1
Dec. 28
Dec. 27
Dec. 26

No real surprises here, as the Big Ten will keep its New Year's Day cluster for another year, attempting to dominate the airwaves leading into the Rose Bowl. The Texas Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl have prime-time spots on Friday night and Saturday night, respectively, but the Big Ten will have no teams in action in a tie-in bowl between Dec. 28 and Jan. 1.

Although bowl dates and times can change from year to year, here's a look at the details for the Big Ten's likely future tie-in bowls ...

Holiday Bowl: Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Dec. 28, noon ET, ESPN

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

If the Big Ten enters agreements with some or all of these bowls, its overall bowl schedule should be more spread out, which I consider a plus. The New Year's Day cluster isn't popular with Big Ten fans, and sets the league up for embarrassments like this.

By the way, the game Big Ten teams really want to reach, the Vizio BCS National Championship, takes place Jan. 6 at 8:30 p.m. in Pasadena, Calif.