BCS snapshot: First glimpse at matchups

The final BCS standings were released Sunday along with matchups for the five BCS bowls. With four weeks left until the Rose Bowl on January 1, here are some nuggets on each of the games to whet your appetite.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio

Wisconsin Badgers vs. 6 Stanford Cardinal

January 1, 5 PM ET on ESPN

Wisconsin: First Big Ten team to reach Rose Bowl in three straight seasons since Michigan did so from 1976 to 1978. Wisconsin has lost each of its last two Rose Bowl appearances (those Michigan teams lost all three). The Badgers' last Rose Bowl win was in the 1999 season against Stanford.

Stanford: First Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl berth since 1999 season. Stanford's last Rose Bowl win was a 13-12 victory over Michigan on January 1, 1972-- 40 years to the day of this game.

Discover Orange Bowl

15 Northern Illinois Huskies vs. 12 Florida State Seminoles

January 1, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Northern Illinois: First BCS bowl berth in school history; First non-AQ team to reach a BCS bowl without being undefeated.

Florida State: Extends longest current bowl-berth streak with 31st straight bowl berth; First BCS bowl berth since 2005 season. The Seminoles have lost their last three Orange Bowl appearances (2000, 2003, 2005 seasons), last winning 31-26 over Notre Dame on January 1, 1996.

Allstate Sugar Bowl

21 Louisville Cardinals vs. 4 Florida Gators

January 2, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Louisville: Third straight bowl berth, second BCS bowl berth (first since 2006).

Florida: 22nd straight bowl berth, seventh BCS bowl berth (first since 2009). The 22 straight is the second-longest current streak, trailing only Florida State. The Gators last Sugar Bowl appearance was a 51-24 win over Cincinnati in the 2009 season.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

4 Oregon Ducks vs. 5 Kansas State Wildcats

January 3, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Oregon: Eighth straight bowl berth and fourth straight BCS bowl berth (all four coming under Chip Kelly). Oregon won its previous Fiesta Bowl appearance, in the 2001 season against Colorado.

Kansas State: First BCS bowl berth since the 2003 season. This is Kansas State's third Fiesta Bowl appearance, having won in 1997 against Syracuse and lost in the 2003 season to Ohio State.

Discover BCS National Championship

1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

January 7, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Notre Dame: First BCS title-game berth; seeking first national championship since 1988

Alabama: Seeking to become first school to win three national championships in four-year span since Nebraska (1994-1995, 1997)