2010 College Football Bowl Game Selections: Auburn, Oregon To Meet In Title Game; Undefeated TCU Accepts Rose Bowl Bid

The 2010 college football bowls have completed their selection processes, and as the postseason matchup announcements roll in, we'll be following them all right here.

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2010 BCS Bowl Games Match Up Nation's Top Teams (And UConn)

If you've been traveling the far reaches of space or drinking yourself into a stupor since Saturday's games, you may have missed the BCS bowl selection show, and are spiritually poorer for it. We're here to help. Below are the official lineups and dates for the five BCS bowl games of the 2010 season.  (They all take place in 2011. Do not be alarmed.)

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY VIZIO: No. 3 TCU vs. No. 5 Wisconsin
5 p.m. EST, January 1, 2011
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL: No. 7 Oklahoma vs. unranked UConn
8:30 p.m. EST, January 1, 2011
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

DISCOVER ORANGE BOWL: No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 Virginia Tech
8:30 p.m. EST, January 3, 2011
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Arkansas
8:30 p.m. EST, January 4, 2011
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA

TOSTITOS BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon
8:30 p.m. EST, January 10, 2011
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

For more information, browse our bowl selection StoryStream and our complete 2010 college football postseason schedule.

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Alamo Bowl: Reeling Arizona Will Try To Keep Up With Oklahoma State

The Valero Alamo Bowl has its deal with the Pac-10 and the Big XII, which taken at face value should produce an intriguing bowl matchup. And that's where this game gets dicey; both Arizona and Oklahoma State are coming off losses to their top rivals in the regular season finale, giving up a combined 77 points. Of course the Wildcats and Cowboys scored a combined 70 points, so perhaps we'll remember the Alamo Bowl as a high-scoring, last-team-with-the-ball-wins affair.

Need more intrigue to guide your remote control to ESPN on Wednesday, Dec. 29 for the 9:15 p.m. (ET) kickoff?

The Wildcats finished the season 7-5 and riding a four-game losing streak. Believe it or not, the Wildcats -- now unranked, obviously -- made it as high as No. 9 in the AP poll during the first half of the season. Their coach is Mike Stoops, perhaps best known for being Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' former defensive coordinator and younger brother. He's led the Wildcats to bowl games (including a win in 2008) each of the last two seasons, which has kept pundits and the like from annually questioning his job security.

Brother Bob, meanwhile, handed Oklahoma State their final loss two weeks ago; the Cowboys finished 10-2, ranked 16th in the AP poll. The other loss came in October to Nebraska. Oklahoma State has Mike Gundy at the helm; like it or not, until he wins, say, a national championship, he'll be known for reminding the media how old he is.

An interesting note: This game will serve as a preview for a home-and-home series the two schools start next season, as Arizona heads to Stillwater, Okla., next September. The Cowboys head to Tucson in 2012.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in all night, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream through the selection show and browse our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule. Connect with Oklahoma State fans at SB Nation's Cowboys Ride Free and Arizona fans at Arizona Desert Swarm.

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Sun Bowl To Rematch Miami And Notre Dame

Prepare for perhaps the most highly-anticipated matchup of middling teams in this 2010 college football postseason. In a rematch of the charmingly-named "Catholics Vs. Convicts" rivalry, the Miami Hurricanes will meet the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in this year's Hyundai Sun Bowl, on December 31 in El Paso.

The 7-5 'Canes will presumably still be operating under the hand of interim head coach Jeff Stoutland, following the ouster of Randy Shannon. The Miami football team in Ohio finished with more votes in the AP and Coaches' Polls than the boys from Florida.

Notre Dame, also 7-5, finishes the season similarly unranked after close losses to Michigan, Tusa, and Michigan State, and un-close losses to Stanford and Navy.

You may remember the Sun Bowl for playing peripheral roles in such tales as Oklahoma fans fearing to set foot in El Paso because of its proximity to Ciudad Juarez (2009), or for hosting the worst postseason college football game in modern memory (2008). Imagine what wonders await in 2009, when South Florida meets Middle America on the afternoon of New Year's Eve. We might have to pay for a ticket to this thing ourselves, just to sit in the stands and watch the fans shriek bloody murder.

Connect with Hurricanes and Fighting Irish fans at SB Nation's The 7th Floor and Rakes Of Mallow. For more information, browse through our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule.

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Las Vegas Bowl Welcomes Boise State, Utah, And The Disappointed Hopes Of Both

The MAACO Las Vegas Bowl isn't where BCS No. 19 Utah or BCS No. 11 Boise State had hoped to end their 2010 seasons, but such is the life of mid-major teams with the temerity to actually lose a game or two in the regular season. Both the Broncos and the Utes had legitimate-seeming national title aspirations at the end of August, but that's why they play the games. Somebody's got to lose.

The Utes came into this season highly touted, but after eight straight wins out of the gate took two highly public stumbles in a row, getting beaten badly by Notre Dame and utterly annihilated by TCU. They won out with victories over San Diego State and BYU, but are frankly lucky to be ranked given how voters feel about non-AQ teams.

The Broncos, of course, were gunning for yet another undefeated season themselves and harbored legitimate national title aspirations, but fell in double overtime to conference foe Nevada over Thanksgiving weekend. It'll be a short trip for both teams to Sam Boyd Stadium on December 22.

Connect with Boise State and Utah fans at SB Nation's OBNUG and Block U. For more information, browse through our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule.

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Orange Bowl Game To Match Up Stanford Vs. Virginia Tech

Thanks to the majesty of the BCS system, viewers like you will see the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal in this year's Discover Orange Bowl on January 3. Facing them will be the Virginia Tech Hokies, ranked No. 13 in the BCS, a team that finished the season with 11 straight wins but lost to a I-AA team at home in September. Such is life. Snubbed teams that didn't have the good fortune to win a major conference title include No. 9 Michigan State (11-1), No. 11 Boise State (11-1), and No. 15 Nevada (12-1).

The Cardinal, for their part, appear by all accounts to be a monstrously talented team with a ferocious offense and a stout defense ... that just happened to be playing in the Pac-10 the same year as the 2010 iteration of Oregon. The Ducks handed the Cardinal their only loss of the season, a 52-31 shootout defeat in early October.

Connect with Stanford and Virginia Tech fans at SB Nation's Rule Of Tree and Gobbler Country. For more information, browse through our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule.

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Sugar Bowl Selects Arkansas Vs. Ohio State Matchup

The Allstate Sugar Bowl, traditionally fielding the SEC champion against an at-large BCS selection, will feature a highly-touted replacement team in 2011, as the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks have been tapped to replace conference winner Auburn, bound for the national title game. The Hogs will meet the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes, who have only one loss but lost a BCS tiebreaker --and a shot at the Rose Bowl -- to the Wisconsin Badgers.

Arkansas had harbored high (and justified) hopes of representing the SEC West in the conference championship game, but suffered two early-season losses to then-No. 1 Alabama and Auburn, ranked seventh at the time. They finished the regular season on a six-game win streak, including victories over ranked opponents South Carolina, Mississippi State, and LSU.

The Buckeyes' one loss came in October to the aforementioned Badgers; they've recorded wins over such luminaries as Miami and Iowa in 2010.

Connect with Arkansas and Ohio State fans at SB Nation's Arkansas Expats and Along The Olentangy. For more information, browse through our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule.

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BCS Championship Game To Feature No. 1 Auburn Tigers Vs. No. 2 Oregon Ducks

It's official, gentle readers: With the release of the final regular-season 2010 BCS standings, the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks are No. 1 and No. 2, and as such are afforded slots in the BCS title game in Glendale on January 10, 2011.

The Tigers finished the season with an unblemished 13-0 record, with wins over highly ranked opponents South Carolina, Arkansas, LSU, Alabama, and South Carolina again in Saturday's SEC Championship Game.

The Ducks will also descend on Arizona with pristine credentials, having mown down an unusually deep Pac-10 conference, including ranked opponents Stanford, USC, and Arizona.

Viewers can expect a high-octane, scoreboard-punishing contest to cap the 2010 season; both teams field offenses composed entirely of highlight reel showcase players but have struggled at times to defend against even lower-caliber opponents.

Connect with Auburn and Oregon fans at SB Nation's Track 'Em Tigers and Addicted To Quack. For more information, browse through our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule.

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Liberty Bowl Gets Central Florida; Conference USA Champs Await Opponent

With its 17-7 win over SMU in the Conference USA championship game, Central Florida earned and accepted a bid to the Liberty Bowl, which will take place in Memphis on New Year's Eve. And though most college football bowl projections have the Knights facing Georgia, they won't likely know for sure until the BCS Bowl Selection show airs on ESPN on Sunday at 9 p.m.

The trip to the Liberty Bowl will be the fourth bowl game in six seasons for UCF, and it will be a return trip to Memphis; the Knights lost to Mississippi State in 2007. Last season in the St. Pete Bowl, Central Florida lost to Rutgers, 45-24. The Knights have yet to win a bowl game.

UCF Athletics Director Keith Tribble told the school athletics website after the game that the Knights will be on a mission in Memphis.

"When I saw the kids working out in spring ball and in the summer they had their minds set on wanting to represent this conference as champions. They wanted to get to this (C-USA title) game and win it and they did it. Very few times in life do you get a chance to follow out our dreams and goals and they did it. Now, they want to go to the Liberty Bowl, play a good opponent from the SEC and win the game, and we think we can do it."

SMU, meanwhile, accepted a bid to play in the Armed Forces Bowl, in which the Mustangs will face Army. That game will take place Dec. 30 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium ... also known as SMU's home field.

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New Mexico Bowl Lineup Set: UTEP Vs. BYU

The third complete matchup of the 2010 college football bowl season has been announced: The UTEP Miners are the team selected to face BYU in Albuquerque in the New Mexico Bowl. Set to get underway December 18 at 2:00 p.m., it'll be the first bowl to kick off this postseason by three and a half hours.

The Miners have arrived at this bowl berth in typical UTEPian fashion, winning five of their first six games before losing five of their last six. A November 6 win over SMU got them to the six-win mark. They'll face stiff competition from the Cougars, who've righted their season after a series of early and inexplicable faceplants.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream through the selection show Sunday night, and be sure to browse through our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule
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Pinstripe Bowl Selects Kansas State To Face Syracuse In Yankee Stadium

The second bowl matchup of the 2010 college football season has been set, as the 7-5 Kansas State Wildcats have accepted an invitation to the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, where they'll face the Syracuse Orange on the afternoon of December 30. Brace yourselves for close to a month of geographically inaccurate "from Manhattan to Manhattan YUK YUK" jokes, although Bill Snyder swanning about New York City is something we would very much like to see.

The Wildcats have survived a tumultuous season to get this far, opening hot with wins over UCLA, Iowa State and eventual C-USA frontrunner Central Florida, but lost to every ranked opponent they faced (and Colorado besides) and were very nearly upset in a shootout with a head-coachless North Texas team in their regular-season finale. SB Nation Kansas City offers its congratulations on a hard-fought year with a rewarding end.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream through the selection show this Sunday night, browse our complete college football 2010 postseason schedule, and connect with Kansas State fans at SB Nation's Bring On The Cats.

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Pinstripe Bowl Selects Syracuse For Inaugural Contest

After a relatively lofty 7-5 finish to the regular season, the Syracuse Orange are opening one holiday present early: a trip to the first-ever New Era Pinstripe Bowl, to be held in Yankee Stadium. (Lord willing, both endzones will be utilized.) It's hard not to wish for better for the Orange, whose fans seem like nice people but who will have to be associated with the history of the Yankees from here on out, but they get to see New York City in December, so that's nice. (I was hoping for West Virginia to go, just for the culture clash, but the Mountaineers are bound for better things, it seems.)

Even losing three of their last four games, the Orange finished in the top half of what turned out to be a weak Big East. They'll draw a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 opponent, probably Kansas State, to kick off a new era (see that?) of exorbitantly overwrought sporting experiences in New York.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream through the selection show this Sunday night, and connect with Syracuse fans at SB Nation's TNIAAM.

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Air Force Is Tabbed To Play In The Independence Bowl

The Air Force Falcons are heading Shreveport, La. to play in the Independence Bowl. The Falcons finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a record of 8-4.  The Independence Bowl with be Air Force's fourth-straight bowl game under head coach Troy Calhoun.

The Falcons opponent has yet to be determined, but the Independence Bowl has a tie-in with the seventh-place team from the ACC. As it stands, Clemson is projected to get the nod and an invitation to square-off against Air Force. Georgia Tech and Boston College are also in the mix for a trip to Shreveport and a date with the Falcons on Dec. 27.

The Independence Bowl takes place on Dec. 27, kicking-off at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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The Las Vegas Bowl Takes A Break From BYU, Selects Utah

The BYU Cougars have been a mainstay in the Las Vegas Bowl, but this year, with BYU on the down-swing, the Utah Utes are heading to lovely Las Vegas. The Utes finished the year at 10-2, runner-up in the Mountain West Conference.

With the Pac-10 lacking in bowl-eligible teams, the second slot in the Las Vegas Bowl is up for grabs. Bowl executives are lobbying publicly for Boise State or Nevada, but may have to settle on a MAC team. Ohio and Temple have both been floated as possible replacements for the missing Pac-10 tie-in should Las Vegas officials fail to broker a deal to bring in either of the top-two WAC teams.

The Las Vegas Bowl takes place on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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Poinsettia Bowl Selects Home Town San Diego State To Face Navy

The Poinsettia Bowl, in an effort to boost attendance, selected San Diego State and Navy for the 2010 edition of the bowl. San Diego State brings a hometown feel to the game, playing its home games at Qualcomm Stadium, site of the Poinsettia Bowl. With a heavy Navy presence in San Diego, Poinsettia Bowl organizers are hoping local servicemen will come out to support the Midshipmen this year, as well.

This bowl game will be San Diego State's first since 1998, when they played in the Las Vegas Bowl. While San Diego State will be making a return to a bowl after a long absence, Navy has gone bowling in each of the last eight seasons. The Midshipmen are currently 8-3 in 2010, with a rivalry game against the Army Black Nights capping their regular season on Dec. 11.

The Poinsettia Bowl takes place on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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Military Bowl Welcomes The Purple Pirates To DC

Are you an arms dealer? Big fan of pirates and pirate culture? Then this year's Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman is for you! The former EagleBank Bowl (talk about a name upgrade) has invited the East Carolina Pirates to play in DC on December 29.

It'll be a short trip for ECU, and one they're frankly lucky to be making as a mid-major team with six losses, four of them in the last five weeks of the season. The Purple Pirates have displayed a potent offense throughout the season, but their steadfast commitment to not playing defense at any time has gotten them waylaid by teams prestigious (Virginia Tech) and not (Rice!). They'll face an ACC opponent, likely either Clemson or Boston College, in what is almost certain to be an uphill battle if the other team is capable of slowing down their scoring at all.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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Hawaii Bowl Shocks Sports World By Inviting Hawaii

Why they bother to announce this, we're not quite clear, but whatever: Hawaii is bowl-eligible, and therefore playing in the 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. At 9-3, the Warriors might have snagged a higher-paying postseason date, but they get a home game and a home crowd and a pretty good opponent (Tulsa is expected to receive the second invitation). Look for a nice home win, as well -- excepting an utter collapse against Boise State to kick off November, the Warriors haven't lost since Week 3 in a road trip to Colorado.

(A quick reader poll, though: We're informed by a Honolulu-based newspaperman that when Hawaiians want to get away, they go to Vegas. Warrior fans, if you're out there, let us know whether you would have preferred that bowl.)

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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Armed Forces Bowl Taps Army For 2010 Service Academy Pick

In a total curveball move, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has selected ... the Black Knights of Army, extending its streak of hosting bowl-eligible service academies to four years. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This is the game in Dallas, at Ford Stadium, and is totally different from the ominously-sponsored Military Bowl in DC.)

At 6-5, the Black Knights still have the Army-Navy game ahead of them to get to a respectable seven wins, but even if they lose, there's bragging rights aplenty for the independents and Air Force: All three service academies became bowl-eligible faster than Notre Dame.

The Black Knights' opponent will be a C-USA team; projections call for the invitation to be extended to the geographically advantageous SMU.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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Cotton Bowl Welcomes Back Perennial Favorite Texas A&M

Texas A&M's intentions to make a return trip to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic just got official, via the bowl's own Twitter account. This will be the Aggies' first trip to the Cotton Bowl since 2005 (when they suffered a 38-7 loss to Tennessee), but overall they're second only to Texas in Dallas postseason appearances.

The Aggies suffered an ignominious three-game losing streak in the first half of the season, but rolled off six straight wins on the rebound, including shocking upsets of Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas to finish as one of five ranked teams in the Big 12. They'll face an SEC West opponent in Dallas, probably Alabama or LSU, and will provide tough competition for either team.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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Poinsettia Bowl Selects Navy For Postseason San Diego Trip

The Navy Midshipmen football team gets a cross-country trip for Christmas. The school has accepted an invitation to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 23. (Isn't it funny how un-ridiculous that name sounds now, in the era of the Beef 'O' Brady's and BBVA Compass Bowls? It's almost quaint.)

The Middies recorded an 8-3 season and could finish 9-3 with a win in the Army-Navy game on December 11. Hopes were high for a better record in August, but low-octane losses at Maryland and Air Force and a shootout defeat against Duke dropped them below polling range. Their likely opponent is a deceptively stalwart San Diego State team, but there's been no official word just yet.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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Southern Miss Accepts Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Bid

I know you've all been breathlessly waiting on pins and needles for this news to drop, so I'll get right to the point: One of the participating teams in the 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl has been announced. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have accepted an invitation (that probably arrived wrapped in a potato skin) to St. Petersburg for December 21.

Southern Miss could have scaled loftier heights this season. Their only significant scoreboard deficit came in a Week 1 41-13 loss to South Carolina. They've lost three more games since, all by a margin of fewer than three points.

The Golden Eagles will play a Big East team, probably Pittsburgh, giving the bowl a 1.5-to-1 apostrophe-to-program ratio. And yes, before you ask, we checked and they really do punctuate the restaurant's name like that.

Bowl selections will continue to roll in throughout the week, and we'll be following them all right here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream right on through the selection show this Sunday night.

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