2012–13 NCAA football bowl games

The 2012–13 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college football bowl games. They concluded the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 35 team-competitive games and four all-star games. The games began on Saturday December 15, 2012 and, aside from the all-star games, concluded with the 2013 BCS National Championship Game in Miami Gardens, Florida that was played on January 7, 2013.

2012–13 NCAA football bowl games
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Bowl sites by state
Regular seasonAugust 30, 2012 – December 8, 2012
Number of bowls35
All-star games4
Bowl gamesDecember 15, 2012 – February 5, 2013
National Championship2013 BCS National Championship
Location of ChampionshipSun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
ChampionsAlabama Crimson Tide
Bowl Challenge Cup winnerConference USA
Bowl record by conference
Conference Bowls Record Final AP Poll
Big 12 9 4–5 (0.444) 3
SEC 9 6–3 (0.667) 7
Pac-12 8 4–4 (0.500) 3
Big Ten 7 2–5 (0.286) 4
MAC 7 2–5 (0.286) 2
ACC 6 4–2 (0.667) 2
Big East 5 3–2 (0.600) 1
Conference USA 5 4–1 (0.800) 0
Mountain West 5 1–4 (0.200) 0
Sun Belt 4 2–2 (0.500) 0
Independents 3 1–2 (0.333) 1
WAC 2 2–0 (1.000) 2

The total of 35 team-competitive bowls was unchanged from the previous year. While bowl games had been the purview of only the very best teams for nearly a century, this was the seventh consecutive year that teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games. To fill the 70 available team-competitive bowl slots, a total of 13 teams (19% of all participants) with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—12 had a .500 (6-6) season and, for the second consecutive year, a team with a sub-.500 (6-7) season was invited to a bowl game.

Selection of the teamsEdit

Number of bowl teams per state.

Bowl-eligibility contingency planEdit

As per 2010 and 2011, initial bowl eligibility would go to teams with no lower than a non-losing record (6-6) for the season. On August 2, 2012, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a significant change to the process to determine bowl eligible teams, going so far as to potentially allow 5-7 teams to go to a bowl, in case there were not enough regular bowl-eligible teams to fill every game. If a bowl has one or more conferences/teams unable to meet their contractual commitments and there are no available bowl-eligible teams, the open spots can be filled – by the particular bowl's sponsoring agencies – as follows:[1]

  1. Teams finishing 6-6 with one win against a team from the lower Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), regardless of whether that FCS school meets NCAA scholarship requirements. Until now, an FCS win counted only if that opponent met the scholarship requirements—specifically, that school had to award at least 90% of the FCS maximum of 63 scholarship equivalents over a two-year period. In the 2012 season, programs in four FCS conferences cannot meet the 90% requirement (56.7 equivalents)—the Ivy League, which prohibits all athletic scholarships; the Patriot League and Pioneer Football League, which do not currently award football scholarships; and the Northeast Conference, which limits football scholarships to 38 equivalents.
  2. 6-6 teams with two wins over FCS schools.
  3. Teams that finish 6-7 with loss number seven in their conference championship game.
  4. 6-7 teams that normally play a 13-team schedule, such as Hawaii's home opponents. Although Hawaii normally plays a 13-game schedule, it only played 12 games this season.
  5. FCS teams who are in the final year of the two-year FBS transition process, if they have at least a 6-6 record.
  6. Finally, 5-7 teams that have a top-5 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. This was later adjusted to allow other 5-7 teams to be selected thereafter—in order of their APR.[2]

This process was created as a number of schools were banned, self-banned or potentially banned from the 2012 bowls, risking unfilled bowl games under the previous process: Ohio State, Penn State, North Carolina and UCF received bowl bans for this season (UCF's appeal hearing has been delayed until 2013, keeping them eligible this season), while there were unresolved NCAA cases examining Oregon and Miami (Miami has self-imposed a bowl ban for both 2011[3] and 2012[4]).

Note: Georgia Tech lost in the ACC Championship Game to go 6-7 on the season. Georgia Tech applied for a waiver, distinct from the bowl-eligibility contingency plan, stating that they were forced to play the ACC Championship Game because higher finishing Miami self-imposed a postseason ban in a bid to lessen possible NCAA sanctions resulting from their school's 2011 athletics scandal. (North Carolina, which also finished ahead of Georgia Tech, was ineligible to participate due to NCAA sanctions.) The NCAA granted Georgia Tech the waiver and direct, non-contingent, eligibility for bowl play.[5]

Bowl Championship SeriesEdit

Ten teams were selected for the Bowl Championship Series:

Conference Champions

At-Large Bids

  • Notre Dame, an independent, qualified as BCS #1 and played in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
  • Florida, a member of the SEC, qualified as BCS #3 and was selected to play in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
  • Oregon, a member of the Pac-12, was eligible for an at-large selection as BCS #4 and was selected to play in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.
  • Northern Illinois, the winner of the MAC championship game, qualified by being the highest-ranked (BCS #15) member of a non-AQ conference to finish in the Top 16 of the BCS and higher ranked than at least one AQ-conference champion (in this case, both Louisville and Wisconsin). NIU was selected to play in the 2013 Orange Bowl.

Bowl eligibilityEdit


Number of bowl berths available: 70
Number of teams assured of bowl eligibility: 72 (71 plus 6–7 Georgia Tech, per NCAA waiver)

Bowl eligible teams that did not receive a bid: 2

  • WAC: Louisiana Tech (9-3)[7]
  • Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee (8-4)[8]

Note: On Friday, November 30, Louisiana Tech was invited to play in the Independence Bowl but asked for more time as they were in negotiations with the Liberty Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl.[9] Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde and WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd both claimed that on Saturday, December 1, the Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart guaranteed the Bulldogs a bowl invite.[10][11] After the Independence Bowl's deadline for Louisiana Tech to accept their invitation passed, the Independence Bowl selected the MAC's Ohio (8-4) instead. On Sunday, December 2, the Liberty Bowl extended their remaining bid to Iowa State (6-6) instead of Louisiana Tech (9-3). The Bulldogs did not end up playing in any bowl game despite boasting the nation's top scoring offense.[12] Other media reports indicated that the Liberty Bowl and Sun Belt were discussing placing the winner of Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State in the Memphis-based Liberty bowl.[13]

Teams unable to become bowl-eligibleEdit

Number of teams assured of bowl ineligibility: 52 (since the above noted bowl-eligibility contingency plan was not required)

New bowl sponsorsEdit

The Champs Sports Bowl, in Orlando, is now the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Insight Bowl, held in Tempe, Arizona, is now the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The TicketCity Bowl has been renamed the Heart of Dallas Bowl; its new sponsor is Plains Capital Bank.

Moratorium on new bowl gamesEdit

The NCAA has placed a three-year moratorium, starting with the 2011-12 bowl season, on any new bowl games. This follows the addition of two new games (Pinstripe Bowl, TicketCity Bowl) for the 2010-11 bowl season, bringing the total number of bowl games to 35. The expansion to 70 teams required to fill these 35 bowl games has challenged the ability to actually find enough teams with winning (7-5 or better) records to fill bowl slots. Teams with non-winning (6-6) and losing (6-7) records have participated in bowl games since the expansion to 35 games. As discussed above (Bowl-eligibility contingency plan), the NCAA was forced to anticipate a need to allow teams with even worse (5-7) losing records to fill bowl selection slots in 2012-13.


The bowl game schedule was released July 10, 2012.[15] On December 2, 2012, the final BCS standings were announced and teams were officially selected for the various bowl games.[16][17]

*All times are EST (UTC −5).

*Rankings are from final BCS Poll.

Non-BCS gamesEdit

Date Game Site Television Teams Affiliations Results
Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
1:00 pm
ESPN Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5)
Arizona Wildcats (7-5)
Nevada 48
Arizona 49
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, ID
4:30 pm
Toledo Rockets (9-3)
#22 Utah State Aggies (10-2)
Toledo 15
Utah State 41
Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
8:00 pm
San Diego State Aztecs (9-3)
BYU Cougars (7-5)
San Diego State 6
BYU 23
Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
7:30 pm
Ball State Cardinals (9-3)
UCF Knights (9-4)
Ball State 17
UCF 38
Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
East Carolina Pirates (8-4)
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8-4)
Sun Belt
East Carolina 34
Louisiana-Lafayette 43
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, NV
3:30 pm
#19 Boise State Broncos (10-2)
Washington Huskies (7-5)
Boise State 28
Washington 26
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:00 pm
SMU Mustangs (6-6)
Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3)
SMU 43
Fresno State 10
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ford Field
Detroit, MI
7:30 pm
WKU Hilltoppers (7-5)
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6)
Sun Belt
WKU 21
Central Michigan 24
Dec. 27 Military Bowl RFK Stadium
Washington, DC
3:00 pm
#24 San Jose State Spartans (10-2)
Bowling Green Falcons (8-4)
San Jose State 29
Bowling Green 20
Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
6:30 pm
Duke Blue Devils (6-6)
Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)
Big East
Duke 34
Cincinnati 48
Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
9:45 pm
Baylor Bears (7-5)
#17 UCLA Bruins (9-4)
Big 12
Baylor 49
Dec. 28 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
2:00 pm
Ohio Bobcats (8-4)
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-4)
Sun Belt
Ohio 45
Louisiana-Monroe 14
Russell Athletic Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
5:30 pm
Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-3)
Big East
Virginia Tech 13
Rutgers 10 (OT)
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX
9:00 pm
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Minnesota 31
Texas Tech 34
Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
11:45 am
Rice Owls (6-6)
Air Force Falcons (6-6)
Rice 33
Air Force 14
Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
3:15 pm
Syracuse Orange (7-5)
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)
Big East
Big 12
Syracuse 38
West Virginia 14
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
4:00 pm
ESPN2 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5)
Navy Midshipmen (8-4)
Arizona State 62
Navy 28
Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio, TX
6:45 pm
ESPN #23 Texas Longhorns (8-4)
#13 Oregon State Beavers (9-3)
Big 12
Texas 31
Oregon State 27
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
10:15 pm
Michigan State Spartans (6-6)
TCU Horned Frogs (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Michigan State 17
TCU 16
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, TN
12:05 pm
Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4)
NC State Wolfpack (7-5)
Vanderbilt 38
NC State 24
Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
2:00 pm
CBS Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7)
USC Trojans (7-5)
Georgia Tech 21
Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
3:30 pm
ESPN Iowa State Cyclones (6-6)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3)
Big 12
Iowa State 17
Tulsa 31
Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
7:30 pm
#14 Clemson Tigers (10-2)
#8 LSU Tigers (10-2)
Clemson 25
LSU 24
Jan. 1 Gator Bowl EverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
ESPN2 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4)
#20 Northwestern Wildcats (9-3)
Big Ten
Mississippi State 20
Northwestern 34
Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl
Dallas, TX
ESPNU Purdue Boilermakers (6-6)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Purdue 14
Oklahoma State 58
Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
1:00 pm
ABC #7 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2)
#16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3)
Big Ten
Georgia 45
Nebraska 31
Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
1:00 pm
ESPN #10 South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)
#18 Michigan Wolverines (8-4)
Big Ten
South Carolina 33
Michigan 28
Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl Classic Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
8:00 pm
FOX #9 Texas A&M Aggies (10-2)
#11 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
Big 12
Texas A&M 41
Oklahoma 13
Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, AL
1:00 pm
ESPN Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6)
Ole Miss Rebels (6-6)
Big East
Pittsburgh 17
Ole Miss 38
Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
9:00 pm
#25 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-2)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-3)
Sun Belt
Kent State 13
Arkansas State 17

2013 Bowl Championship Series scheduleEdit

Date Game Site Television Teams Affiliations Results
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
5:00 pm
ESPN #6 Stanford Cardinal (11–2)
Wisconsin Badgers (8–5)
Big Ten
Stanford 20
Wisconsin 14
Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30 pm
#15 Northern Illinois Huskies (12–1)
#12 Florida State Seminoles (11–2)
Northern Illinois 10
Florida State 31
Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:30 pm
#21 Louisville Cardinals (10-2)
#3 Florida Gators (11-1)
Big East
Louisville 33
Florida 23
Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
8:30 pm
#5 Kansas State Wildcats (11-1)
#4 Oregon Ducks (11-1)
Big 12
Kansas State 17
Oregon 35
Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30 pm
#1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12–0)
#2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12–1)
Notre Dame 14
Alabama 42

Post-BCS all-star gamesEdit

Date Game Site Television Participants Results
Jan. 19 East–West Shrine Game Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
4:00 pm
NFL Network East Team vs.
West Team
West 28
East 13
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl StubHub Center
Carson, CA
6:00 pm
NBC Sports Network National Team vs.
American Team
National 20
American 14
Jan. 26 Senior Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
4:00 pm
NFL Network North Team vs.
South Team
South 21
North 16
Feb. 2 Texas vs The Nation Eagle Stadium
Allen, TX
Texas Team vs.
The Nation Team
The Nation 24
Texas 13


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