No. 11 South Carolina vs. No. 19 MichiganJan. 1 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Tampa, Fla. Raymond James StadiumSouth Carolina coach Steve Spurrier (207-77-2 career) is one of the games legends. But he is just 8-10 in bowl games, so this one is meaningful.
No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 23 NebraskaTues., Jan. 1 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Orlando, Fla. Florida Citrus Bowl StadiumGeorgia had designs on the BCS Championship Game. Nebraska believed it was going to the Rose Bowl. Georgia fell four yards short. Nebraska needed, um, a little more than that.
Mississippi State vs. NorthwesternTues., Jan. 1 Noon ET, ESPN2
Jacksonville, Fla. EverBank Field
Excellent season by Northwestern. Really great job, Pat Fitzgerald. OK, enough of that. On to the annual storyline:
Arkansas pulled a shocker when it hired Bret Bielema away from Wisconsin to be its new head coach. He was officially introduced to the Arkansas faithful on Wednesday and just after his introductory news conference (featuring an awkward "Call the Hogs" for Bielema), he took a few minutes to talk with ESPN.com about his new job and leaving a place he'd been so successful at:
Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M each placed four players on the 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team as selected by the league coaches. Below is a look at the entire team. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players: