College football: Ranking the January bowl games

by Berry Tramel Published: December 31, 2013

1. Big Bowl: Auburn vs. Florida State, 7:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN. Auburn goes for its state's fifth straight national championship. What is this? Water polo?

2. Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State, 4 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN. The Rose Bowl once was the bastion of bluebloods. Ohio State or Michigan against Southern Cal. No longer.

3. Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN. Where have you gone, Charlie Bauman?

4. Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri, 6:30 p.m. Friday, FOX. Tigers have beaten OSU just once in five games since 2001.

5. Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Alabama, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, ESPN. OU's last five Sugar Bowls have come against Nick Saban twice, Joe Paterno, Shug Jordan and Bear Bryant.

6. Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina, noon Wednesday, ABC. I know it seems like these schools meet every year in Orlando or Tampa, but they've never met.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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