The best of the Pac-12 faces the cream of the Big 12 crop as the Oregon Ducks play the Kansas State Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks and Wildcats came in at No. 4 and No. 5 in the BCS rankings following the regular season, and will square off at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Jan. 3. With rumors of Oregon being hit hard by NCAA sanctions after the season and multiple NFL teams interested, this could be head coach Chip Kelly's last game coaching the Ducks.
Oregon finished the season with just one loss, an overtime game against Stanford where the Ducks offense failed to score more than 40 points for the only time in 2012. The Ducks rolled the rest of their Pac-12 competition, defeating ranked Arizona 59-0 and Oregon State 48-24. Kansas State spent some time at No. 1 this season, but fell to Baylor in a huge upset. The Wildcats recovered to beat Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game to finish their 11-1 season.
Billy Connelly has a fantastic preview of the Fiesta Bowl, in which he ultimately picks Oregon but predicts a classic game. Kansas State's play-action attack with Collin Klein is lethal, with Oregon's speed attack from the spread offense equally deadly. Connelly has Oregon's speed winning out, with third down being the key to both offenses. Stanford was able to force the Ducks into multiple third-and-longs, while Baylor was able to carve up Kansas State's defense in the teams' lone losses this season.
Game date and time
Thursday, Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Oregon by 9
Oregon: AM 750 The Game
Kansas State: AM 1350 KMAN/ 101.5 FM KMKF
Last year’s game
Oklahoma State beat Stanford 41-38 in overtime.
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