It's time to go bowling, college football style.
Comprised of a series of bowl games, college football's post-season will wrap up in coming days. Bowl games tend to be scheduled in locales that often have nice winter weather, mainly in the Southeast and Southwest, or are in covered stadiums.
The games played on New Year's Day begin to bring the most prestigious of bowl matchups. Read on for forecasts of some of this year's highly anticipated games.
Early New Year's Day Games
The New Year's Day contests will kick off with the Outback Bowl at 11 a.m. EST in Tampa, Fla., pitting Northwestern against Auburn. Morning clouds, rain and thunderstorms are forecast give way to some sunshine. However, it will rain for at least part of tailgating activities, and perhaps right up to game time. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s. It is expected to be quitebreezy, however, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
At 1 p.m. EST, two more bowls will be played in Florida. Penn State and LSU will throw down in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. They are expected to have similar weather compared to Tampa.
In Jacksonville, the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will be partly sunny and breezy with a passing shower for Florida State and West Virginia. It will be much cooler with temperatures near 60°.
The BCS Games
Later in the day, the "Granddaddy of Them All" will be played on the other side of the country when Ohio State meets Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Pasadena, Calif. temperatures will be close to 70 degrees with some sunshine at 4:30 p.m. EST. The Tournament of Roses prior to the game should experience dry weather, as well, with little wind.
Cincinnati and Florida will square off at 8:30 p.m. EST in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Fans tailgating in New Orleans, La., will have to contend with chilly outdoor temperatures in the upper-40s locally, but since the game will be played in the Louisiana Superdome, weather will not be a factor for the game.
Looking farther ahead, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 4 features a match-up of Boise State and TCU, both unbeaten thus far this season. Weather will not affect the game, since it will be played in Glendale, Ariz., at the University of Phoenix Stadium, which contains a retractable roof.
Miami, Fla. will host the FedEx Orange Bowl the following day at 8 p.m. when Iowa and Georgia Tech storm into town. Partly cloudy skies and light winds are expected with temperatures in the 50s during much of the game.
That leaves only the Citi BCS National Championship Game as the final major bowl to play. This year's NCAA championship brings together two 13-0 teams, Texas and Alabama, on Jan. 7. Light winds and patchy clouds will be featured at 8 p.m. EST, while temperatures will begin in the mid-60s, then dip to the upper 50s during the game.