BCS Schedules Bowl Games With NFL Lockout In Mind

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The uncertainty of the NFL Lockout has worked its way down to the college ranks. When the Bowl Championship Series chose dates for its five bowl games, it did so to avoid conflicts that could result from the lockout.

While the BCS title game in New Orleans remains scheduled for Jan. 9, 2012, a Monday night, it could be moved either up to Jan. 7 or back to Jan. 10.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock says the mostly midweek dates were chosen in case the lockout causes the NFL schedule to be pushed back.

Hancock says the Rose Bowl, which is not played in an NFL stadium, will be played on Jan. 2. The Sugar Bowl will be played on Jan. 3, which is a Tuesday, then the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 and the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5.

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