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BCS Bowl Schedule: Rose Bowl Kicks Off BCS Slate

With regular season play over and the bowl games all set, we can now look forward to bowl season and the BCS bowl games. 

As has been expected for quite some time, Auburn and Oregon will meet in the BCS Championship game - but that won't come until January 10th. Here's a brief overview of this year's BCS schedule:

Rose Bowl - TCU vs. Wisconsin, January 1, 5:10 EST.

The Horned Frogs will meet the de facto Big 10 champion Wisconsin Badgers in Pasadena. While TCU may be disappointed they aren't participating in the national title game, the Rose Bowl is a nice consolation prize. TCU will be on national showcase immediately in 2011 as the Rose Bowl is the first BCS game to kick off.

Fiesta Bowl - Connecticut vs. Oklahoma, January 1, 8:30 EST

The UConn Huskies are making their first BCS appearance in school history and will take on a storied Oklahoma Sooners team. The Huskies received the Big East's automatic qualifying bid to the BCS on Saturday night when they defeated South Florida. The Sooners earned their bid on Saturday as well when they defeated Nebraska in the Big 12 title game.

Orange Bowl - Virginia Tech vs. Stanford, January 3, 8:30 EST

The Orange Bowl committee selected Stanford over UConn to take on Virginia Tech - and can you really blame them? Despite Connecticut being closer geographically, Stanford had a far superior season and should travel better than the Huskies. The Cardinal will take on the ACC champion Virginia Tech Hokies who recovered from their 0-2 start to finish the season 11-2 with an ACC title.

Sugar Bowl - Arkansas vs. Ohio State, January 4, 8:30 EST

Jerry Jones' alma mater will be playing close to home when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl. Both Ohio State and Arkansas represent the second school from their conference to participate in a BCS bowl - with Auburn coming from the SEC and playing in the title game while Wisconsin heads to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. 

BCS National Championship - Auburn vs. Oregon, January 10, 8:30 EST 

As expected, the Ducks and Tigers will meet in the BCS Championship game in Glendale, Arizona. The winner of this game will be crowned the national champions while the loser will go down simply as a footnote in the 2010 college football season.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.