BCS announces its 2012 bowl pairings

"Once again, the BCS has delivered a regular season that was exciting from opening kickoff to final whistle, while providing a great championship matchup," said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS.

"The top-ranked teams in all the polls -- LSU and Alabama -- will meet in the national championship game, and there are four other outstanding BCS bowl pairings. No. 3 Oklahoma State made a real run at the top this weekend; this year the difference between number two and number three was the closest ever under our existing rankings formula. Congratulations to the student-athletes and their coaches. An exciting and memorable bowl experience awaits all of them, and I can't wait to watch."

The pairings are as follows (all times Eastern and all games will be televised on ESPN):

--Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Jan. 2, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.:
Oregon vs. Wisconsin

--Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 2, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m.:
Oklahoma State vs. Stanford

--Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 3, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m.:
Michigan vs. Virginia Tech

--Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 4, Miami, Fla., 8:30 p.m.:
Clemson vs. West Virginia

--Allstate BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 9, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m.:
Alabama vs. Louisiana State