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Ranking the non-Big 12 January college football bowl games

THE LIST — The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel ranks the remaining non-Big 12 college football bowl games.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 31, 2012
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1. Big Bowl: Alabama vs. Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN: Strange world, when the Fighting Irish become the people's choice.

2. Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN: The Mid-American Conference makes its major bowl debut.

3. Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN: Stanford plays Wisconsin style better than does Wisconsin.

4. Sugar Bowl: Louisville vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN: One more successful Big East team headed out the door.

5. Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. Georgia, noon Tuesday, ABC: Huskers have sold less than a third of their 12,500 ticket allotment.

6. Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. South Carolina, noon Tuesday, ESPN: How did the Gamecocks pass the Wolverines on the college football food chain?

7. Gator Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m., ESPN2: Mississippi State is a monument to SEC gerry-rigging. The 8-4 Bulldogs' best win is Arkansas or Tennessee, whichever of those ghost teams you prefer.

8. BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss, noon Saturday, ESPN: Hey, it looks like Pitt is going to keep coach Paul Chryst. Good for the Panthers.

9. GoDaddy.com Bowl: Kent State vs. Arkansas State, 8 p.m. Sunday, ESPN: Darrell Hazell, headed to Purdue, will coach Kent State. Gus Malzahn, headed to Auburn, will not coach Arkansas State.

by Berry Tramel
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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 Oklahoman,...
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