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College football bowl schedule 2013: Kansas State, Oregon finally set to battle

We're nearing the end of bowl season, but several intriguing matchups remain, beginning with the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night.

Christian Petersen

The No. 4 Oregon Ducks and No. 5 Kansas State Wildcats meet in the 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., in a game that could have easily decided this year's national champion had the two teams not suffered upset losses on the same night in November.

The highly-anticipated contest features two explosive offenses led by playmaking quarterbacks. Oregon's Marcus Mariota accounted for 3,203 yards of total offense and 34 touchdowns for the Ducks, who finished the season with the nation's second-ranked scoring offense and fourth-ranked total offense. On the other side, Kansas State features Collin Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist who racked up 3,380 yards and 37 touchdowns on the season for the No. 9 scoring offense in the country.

The two teams who will participate in the Discover BCS National Championship Game are the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama will be looking to repeat as champs, while Notre Dame hopes to win its first title since 1988. Kickoff from Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. is slated for 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Jan. 7. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Here are the rest of the 2012-2013 bowl season's remaining games:

Friday, Jan. 4

AT&T Cotton Bowl: No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Oklahoma, 7 p.m. CT on FOX

Saturday, Jan. 5

BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss, noon CT on ESPN

Sunday, Jan. 6 Bowl: No. 25 Kent State vs. Arkansas State, 8 p.m. CT on ESPN