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Monday, December 5, 2011
First glimpse at the BCS Bowl matchups


The final BCS standings were released Sunday along with matchups for the five BCS bowls. With four weeks left until the Rose Bowl on January 2, here are some notes on each of the games to whet your appetite.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio
10 Wisconsin Badgers vs. 5 Oregon Ducks

January 2, 5 ET on ESPN

• Wisconsin: consecutive Rose Bowl appearances for first time since 1998-99 seasons

• Oregon: lost last four Rose Bowl appearances, last win came in 1917 Rose Bowl


Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
4 Stanford Cardinal vs. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys

January 2, 8:30 ET on ESPN

• Stanford: consecutive BCS Bowl appearances (def. Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl last season)

• Oklahoma State: first major bowl appearance since 1974 Fiesta Bowl

• First meeting between teams


Allstate Sugar Bowl
13 Michigan Wolverines vs. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies

January 3, 8:30 ET on ESPN

• Michigan: 0-3 in last three BCS bowl appearances; last BCS bowl win was Orange Bowl in 1999 season

• Virginia Tech: first game against a Big Ten school since playing Indiana in 1993

• Virginia Tech: no wins this season against teams that are currently ranked


Discover Orange Bowl
23 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. 15 Clemson Tigers

January 4, 8:30 ET on ESPN

• Clemson: won first conference title since 1991

• Clemson: first BCS game appearance; first appearance in Orange Bowl since 1981 season (won national title)

• West Virginia: first Orange Bowl appearance; third BCS bowl appearance



Allstate BCS National Championship
1 LSU Tigers vs. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

January 9, 8:30 ET on ESPN

• LSU: 4-0 all-time in BCS Bowl games (all in New Orleans)

• Alabama: Nick Saban looking to become first coach to win three BCS National Championships

• The SEC will win its eighth BCS national championship and sixth straight

• An SEC team will lose the national championship game for the first time