Fiesta Bowl moved up to Jan. 2

Updated: August 22, 2011, 3:43 PM ET
Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The 2012 Fiesta Bowl has been moved up three days to Jan. 2 and will be played right after the Rose Bowl.

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was originally scheduled for Jan. 5 and bowl officials had hoped to bump it up to boost television ratings and out-of-state visitors to the game.

The BCS had originally decided against scheduling any games the night of Jan. 2 in case the NFL lockout pushed the season back. With the lockout resolved and the NFL schedule staying ...

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