The Bowl Championship Series made it official Sunday night: The Stanford Cardinal will play in their fourth consecutive BCS bowl and will go to the Rose Bowl for the second straight year. The San Jose State Spartans, on the other hand, are on the outside looking in and will not play in a second straight bowl game despite being eligible.
The Cardinal (11-2) crunched Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship Saturday night and they will go to Pasadena on Jan. 1 to play Big Ten champion Michigan State (12-1). Stanford finished fifth in the final BCS standings announced Sunday night, while the Spartans were fourth. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Pacific on New Year’s Day.
San Jose State (6-6) was one of seven Mountain West Conference teams to become bowl eligible, but the conference only had tie-ins to six bowl games. With there being more bowl eligible squads than available slots this year, the Spartans were among nine bowl-eligible teams to be left out, along with Central Michigan and Toledo from the Mid-American Conference, Florida Atlantic from Conference USA and Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy and Western Kentucky from the Sun Belt Conference. Western Kentucky had the best record of any team left out of a bowl at 8-4, including wins over two bowl-bound teams, Navy and Arkansas State.
The Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Dec. 27 will feature independent BYU (8-4) against Washington (8-4) from the Pac-12. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Pacific
The rundown of bowl matchups involving the Pac-12 Conference include:
- New Mexico Bowl: Washington State vs. Colorado State, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. Pacific
- Las Vegas Bowl: USC vs. Fresno State, Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. Pacific
- Hawaii Bowl: Oregon State vs. Boise State, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Pacific
- Fight Hunger Bowl: Washington vs. BYU, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. Pacific
- Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Texas, Dec. 30, 3:45 p.m. Pacific
- Holiday Bowl: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 30, 7:15 p.m. Pacific
- AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona vs. Boston College, Dec. 31, 9:30 a.m. Pacific
- Sun Bowl: UCLA vs. Virginia Tech, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. Pacific
- Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State, Jan. 1, 2 p.m. Pacific
Bowl matchups from the Mountain West include:
- New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Washington State, time/date shown above
- Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. USC, time/date above
- Potato Bowl: San Diego State vs. Buffalo, Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. Pacific
- Hawaii Bowl: Boise State vs. Oregon State, time/date above
- Poinsettia Bowl: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois, Dec. 26, 6:30 p.m. Pacific
- Heart of Dallas Bowl: UNLV vs. North Texas, Jan. 1, 9 a.m. Pacific
The BCS slate is headlined by No. 1 Florida State against No. 2 Auburn in the BCS National Championship, to be played Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. The rest of the BCS slate, besides the Rose Bowl, includes UCF and Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, Oklahoma and Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 and Clemson and Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.