Judging by the odds, the 2010 Fiesta Bowl is, on paper, the most lopsided bowl of them all. The Oklahoma Sooners, winners of the Big 12 Championship, head to Glendale, Arizona to battle the Big East winners, the Connecticut Huskies. Oklahoma heavily favored against a scrappy underdog in the Fiesta Bowl? Where have I heard this before?
The 2010 Fiesta Bowl will be Oklahoma's fourth appearance in the game. The Sooners won the first time they played in the Fiesta Bowl, in 1976, but are remembered for the ones that got away in 2007 and 2008. The 2005 Fiesta Bowl, if you'll remember, was the infamous Boise State hook-and-ladder bowl game in which Oklahoma lost in a heart-breaker to the little engine that could. The next year, it was the Big East dropping the Sooners as West Virginia cruised to a 48-28 win.
Connecticut won the lowly Big East in 2010, getting a default BCS bid for its efforts. The Huskies ran off five consecutive wins to end the season, narrowly edging West Virginia for the Big East title. At 8-4, Connecticut doesn't exactly scream BCS team, but none of that matters now. For the first time in school history, UConn is in a BCS Bowl with a chance to take down a traditional college football power.
The Fiesta Bowl kicks off on Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream right up through game time, as we review key unit matchups, odds, bowl history and more, and connect with Oklahoma fans at SB Nation's Crimson And Cream Machine and UConn fans at The UConn Blog. For a complete list of bowl games, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.