Changes announced in 2012 bowl dates

As a result of continued uncertainty involving the upcoming National Football League schedule, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) group today announced a change in dates for three of its upcoming bowl games in order to avoid possible conflicts with NFL Monday Night Football.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will be played Tuesday, Jan. 3; the Discover Orange Bowl will be played Wednesday, Jan. 4; and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be played Thursday, Jan. 5.

The Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO will remain Monday afternoon, January 2, and the Allstate BCS National Championship game remains Monday, Jan. 9.

"We consulted the involved parties and made a careful decision to choose dates that will ensure a prime-time showcase for our student-athletes while also being mindful of the potential for change in the NFL's schedule," said BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock. "At this point in time, we want to create certainty in a somewhat uncertain scheduling environment."

BCS Bowl Game dates:
Jan. 2 -- Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO

Jan. 3 -- Allstate Sugar Bow

Jan. 4 -- Discover Orange Bowl

Jan. 5 -- Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Jan. 9 -- Allstate BCS National Championship Game