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2012 bowl game schedule: Twelve games set to be played over the next five days

ACC teams Duke and Virginia Tech are among those playing this week. Georgia Tech and Georgia play next week.

Kevin C. Cox

With Christmas in the rear view mirror, the college football bowl schedule will begin to pick up steam over the next few days. Twelve games will take place between Wednesday and Saturday. Two of those games will feature teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

On Thursday evening, the Duke Blue Devils will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's the first bowl appearance since 1994 for Duke, which went 6-6 in the regular season. The Blue Devils started the season 6-2 before dropping their final four games. Cincinnati finished the season 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big East. The Bearcats opened as a 10-point favorite.

On Friday evening, the Virginia Tech Hokies will face the Rutgers Scarlett Knights in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Virginia Tech also finished 6-6 on the season. The Hokies started off 4-6 but won their final two games to reach bowl eligibility. Rutgers finished the season 9-3 and stayed in contention for the Big East's BCS bid until the last game of the year.

The two Georgia teams don't play this week. Georgia Tech takes on Southern California in the Sun Bowl on January 31, while Georgia gets Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on New Years Day.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.