PAC-12 Teams Could be a Major Players in Several 2012-13 Post-Season Bowls

By Aaron Klein

The Football Bowl Association (FBA) Tuesday released the 2012-13 college football bowl schedule, which begins with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 15, 2012, in Albuquerque and wraps up with the Discover BCS National Championship on January 7, 2013, in Miami. And in that span of roughly three weeks, the PAC-12 conference expects to be represented in six bowls, possibly seven depending on the conference championship and final BCS rankings. Are you paying attention, USC and Oregon?

Here we go then:

Gildan New Mexico, Dec. 15, 1 p.m., Albuquerque, N.M. (Mountain West vs. Pac-12): No PAC-12 representative in 2011.

MAACO Las Vegas, Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev. (Mountain West vs. Pac-12): Arizona State represented the conference in the 2011 installment of this one, and found a powerful Boise State team, which blew out the Sun Devils, 56-24.

Bridgepoint Education Holiday, Dec. 27, 9:45 p.m., San Diego, Calif. (Big 12 vs. Pac-12): Following a decent 2011 season, the Cal Golden Bears earned a big to the Holiday Bowl, in which the Texas Longhorns controlled the field and won, 21-10.

Kraft Fight Hunger, Dec. 29, 3:15 p.m., San Francisco, Calif. (Pac-12 vs. Navy): UCLA put up a decent showing in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger bowl against Illinois, but the Fighting Illini proved to be too much for the Bruins, winning it, 20-14.

Valero Alamo, Dec. 29, 6:45 p.m., San Antonio, Texas (Big 12 vs. Pac-12): In a true barn-burner, late errors and failed drives did the Washington Huskies in, losing to Baylor, 67-56, as quarterback Keith Price, out-performed Baylor’s Robert Griffin III and solidified himself as one of the conference’s best passers.

Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., El Paso, Texas (ACC vs. Pac-12): The Utah Utes finished their first season in the PAC-12 with a strong showing in last season’s Sun Bowl, beating Georgia Tech in overtime, 30-27.


Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, Jan. 1, 5 p.m., Pasadena, Calif. (BCS vs. BCS): If the PAC-12 champion is not playing for the national championship, the Rose Bowl, as usual, has first rights to pluck the conference winner and put that team on the field in Pasadena against the Big 10 champ. Last year, PAC-12 champs Oregon beat Wisconsin, 45-38, in the Rose Bowl.

Discover Orange, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m., Miami, Fla. (BCS vs. BCS)

Allstate Sugar, Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m., New Orleans, La. (BCS vs. BCS)

Tostitos Fiesta, Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m., Glendale, Ariz. (BCS vs. BCS): Stanford, the North Division runner-up, dropped a heart-breaker in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta bowl to Oklahoma State, 41-38, in overtime.

Discover BCS National Championship, Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m. Miami, Fla. BCS #1 vs. BCS #2: For now, this one is the granddaddy of all the bowls, the winner being crowned national champion. Yes, the BCS recently announced a playoff system that will kick in for 2014, but meanwhile this is it. Among the PAC-12 front-runners, USC and possibly Oregon could find themselves in this one, depending on how the BCS ratings system looks upon the two programs.

According to the FBA press release, times and dates are subject to change.

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