We'll know soon enough the Big Ten's bowl agreements for the 2014-19 cycle, but you can dust off those calendars for the final year of the current lineup.
The bowl schedule for the 2013 season is out. Here's what you need to know for the Big Ten's tie-in games.
Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio: BCS vs. BCS (Big Ten and Pac-12 champs will be in the game if not in the national championship), 5 p.m. ET, ESPN
Capital One Bowl: Big Ten vs. SEC, 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Outback Bowl: Big Ten vs. SEC, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Big Ten vs. SEC, noon ET, ESPN2
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Big Ten vs. Conference USA, noon ET, ESPNU
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Big Ten vs. Big 12, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Texas Bowl: Big Ten vs. Big 12, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Big Ten vs. MAC, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
No real surprises here, as the Big Ten will keep its New Year's Day cluster for another year, attempting to dominate the airwaves leading into the Rose Bowl. The Texas Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl have prime-time spots on Friday night and Saturday night, respectively, but the Big Ten will have no teams in action in a tie-in bowl between Dec. 28 and Jan. 1.
Although bowl dates and times can change from year to year, here's a look at the details for the Big Ten's likely future tie-in bowls ...
Holiday Bowl: Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Dec. 28, noon ET, ESPN
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
If the Big Ten enters agreements with some or all of these bowls, its overall bowl schedule should be more spread out, which I consider a plus. The New Year's Day cluster isn't popular with Big Ten fans, and sets the league up for embarrassments like this.
By the way, the game Big Ten teams really want to reach, the Vizio BCS National Championship, takes place Jan. 6 at 8:30 p.m. in Pasadena, Calif.