2011 has been an exciting and historic year for college football, and though the season is almost over, the fun will continue into 2012 with the remaining BCS bowl games. Ring in the New Year with the College football 2011-2012 BCS Bowls on DISH Network!
Rose Bowl presented by Vizio: No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 Wisconsin, Jan. 2 at 5pm ET on ESPN
The Ducks will meet the Badgers in Pasadena, California to fight to be the BCS Rose Bowl Champion. Both teams are 11-2 and feature offenses that are quite well-matched. The Badgers will make their second straight appearance at the Rose Bowl with hopes to this year take a win after a last minute loss to TCU last January. Hopefully, the momentum coming off a big rally to win the Big 10 Championship game over the Michigan State Spartans will hold for the Badgers going into Monday’s game. The Ducks, who had early season hopes of a second BCS title championships crushed by a devastating loss to LSU, bring their own momentum to the game, with the Pac-12 title and a rankings jump from being ranked No. 9 to No. 5 going into this game. If the Badgers can stop Duck Running Back LaMichael James, the school’s all time rushing leader, perhaps the Rose Bowl title can be theirs, but you will have to tune in to ESPN (DISH Channel 140) on Monday to find out!
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 Stanford, Jan. 2 at 8:30pm ET on ESPN
The No. 3 and No. 4 ranked teams will come together in Arizona for a Bowl that should be almost as exciting as the National Championship game a week later. Both the Cardinal and the Cowboys come into the game with 11-1 records, though the Cowboys have had more impressive wins over ranked teams. Stanford certainly was a more distant competitor for the National Championship bowl spot than Oklahoma. However, the question stands how the Oklahoma defense can stand up against 2-time Heisman nominee and likely first-round NFL draft pick, Cardinal quarterback, Andrew Luck. However, without leading receiver, senior Chris Owusu, who has been out the past 3 games, we wonder if Luck can use his other receivers to make up for Owusu’s absence. Is Luck’s end-of-season yardage drop-off a symptom of this hole in the Cardinal offense or will he fight it out for his last college football career game. You won’t want to miss this Fiesta Bowl matchup at 8pm Jan. 2 on ESPN, DISH channel 140.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 13 Michigan vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech, Jan. 3 at 8:30pm ET on ESPN
Though there was controversy surrounding the Wolverine’s and Hokies’ bids to the Sugar Bowl, over other, more highly-ranked teams, both teams are eager to assert their qualifications in New Orleans this year. Both 2-loss teams have had very successful defenses, with both teams keeping opponents to an average of 17.2 points per game. Michigan has been more successful in points scored per game with quarterback Denard Robinson, though the Hokies have ACC player of the year David Wilson leading their offensive efforts. Though the Wolverines have not exactly seen successful seasons in the past years, first year coach of the Wolverines, Brady Hoke, is confident in what this year’s team can do. Neither teams faced many ranked opponents this season, but the Hokies’ only losses have both been to Clemson. Will Michigan be able to give the Hokies their only other loss to a unique opponent? You will definitely want to check out what these 2 teams bring to the field in the Sugar Bowl, only on ESPN, channel 140 with DISH.
Discover Orange Bowl: No. 23 West Virginia vs. No. 15 Clemson, Jan. 4 at 8:30pm ET on ESPN
Both the Tigers and the Mountaineers come to the Orange Bowl game in sunny Miami, Florida with 3 losses this season. Clemson has had a historic season this year, with its first ACC Championship win since 1991—giving them an extra win on their record—and have had several new school records set. West Virginia, though, was able to put up 21 points against LSU early in the season and have some top-ranked receivers who have also set new school records. Not to mention, they are coming to the Orange Bowl for the first time, and first year Mountaineer Coach, Dana Holgorsen, will surely want to take this opportunity to let his team shine. The Tigers are only favored by a 3 point spread, so you will definitely want to see how these 2 high-powered offenses match up for only the second time in history in the Orange Bowl on ESPN, channel 140 on DISH.
Allstate BCS National Championship: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 1 LSU, Jan. 9 at 8:30pm ET on ESPN
For the first time in history, two teams from the same conference, not to mention the same division, will meet to battle for the National Championship. The LSU Tigers, who have held on to the top BCS rank for the majority of the 2011 season will face off for the second time against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Tiger’s back yard, the New Orleans Superdome. The first matchup of these teams on Nov. 5 went without a single touchdown and the only game this season in which either team had any trouble throwing points on the board. With all-stars like the Tide’s Heisman-nominated receiver Trent Richardson up against LSU’s cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, this game will not be a test of talent, but rather of strategy. With about a month to prepare for this game of the century, both teams’ coaches and players have expressed the level of preparation, dedication and togetherness their teams have demonstrated—as well as hopes that this game takes on a much different character than the last. This game will mark the 3rd time since 2003 that the Tigers have played for a Championship in New Orleans, will it also be their third win or will the Crimson Tide pull off the upset? Don’t miss any of the tense action sure to come from this game on Jan. 9th, 8:30pm ET on ESPN Channel 140 on DISH.
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