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New Year’s Day 2014 BCS Bowl schedule, odds; Fiesta, Outback, Rose Bowl top day

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Happy New Year! With the NFL playoffs right around the corner, New Year’s Day is like being a kid on Christmas morning for college football fans as some of the biggest and best bowl games of the year are on tap including the Fiesta Bowl, Outback Bowl and the Rose Bowl.

According to a toledoblade.com report on Jan 1, today’s action kicks off with a pair of games at high noon and won’t conclude until most likely after midnight. That’s right, wall-to-wall all day college football!

Two of the more popular games today will be the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, but every game contains great teams with some very intriguing match-ups.

In the Rose Bowl, Michigan State brings its No. 1 ranked defense out west to try to slow down a very talented Stanford team, while the Fiesta Bowl will feature two teams that were oh so close to both going 12-0 in 2013 when the high-flying Baylor Bears take on UCF in the night-cap.

The Gator Bowl features Nebraska vs. Georgia, two teams that had BCS title hopes back in August but a rash of injuries and hard luck hurt both squads. Either way this is a great SEC/Big Ten battle.

Speaking of a good battle, the underrated Iowa Hawkeyes will face LSU in the Outback Bowl in another Big 10/SEC clash. Both of these teams are tough as nails and will want to show that today.

The Heart of Texas Bowl features UNLV taking on North Texas, who will definitely have a home field type of advantage vs. the Rebels.

It’s going to be a great day of college football.

Here is a look at today’s schedule, TV start times and Las Vegas odds.

  • Fiesta Bowl: Glendale, Ariz. -- Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1) 8:30 p.m. EST -- ESPN
  • Rose Bowl: Pasadena, Calif. -- Michigan State (12-1) vs. Stanford (11-2) 5:00 p.m. EST -- ESPN
  • Outback Bowl: Tampa, Fla. -- Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3) 1:00 p.m. EST --ESPN
  • Capital One Bowl: Orlando, Fla. -- Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2) 1:00 p.m. EST -- ABC
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl: Dallas, Texas -- UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4) Noon -- ESPNU
  • Gator Bowl: Jacksonville, Fla.-- Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4) Noon – ESPN2

Vegas odds:

  • Fiesta Bowl -- Baylor -17 -- Over/Under 71
  • Rose Bowl -- Stanford -6 -- Over/Under 42
  • Outback Bowl -- LSU -7 -- Over/Under 49
  • Capital One Bowl -- Wisconsin -1 -- Over/Under 50.5
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl -- North Texas -6 -- Over/Under 54
  • Gator Bowl – Georgia -8 -- Over/Under 59.5
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