2011 Fiesta Bowl Game: Time, Location, History And More

To help prime you for the New Year's Day college football-gasm, we've compiled this handy list of fun factoids concerning the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.

 

Proper name: The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Get ready for three-plus hours of delicious tortilla chips.

Setting: The fresh digs of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

Traditional conference pairing: Two BCS teams, the Big 12 and an at-large team.

2011 matchup: The 11-2 Oklahoma Sooners and the 8-4 Connecticut Huskies.

Announcers: The Fiesta Bowl is being heavily punished for providing such a rough matchup this year. ESPN is sending Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and sideline reporter Heather Cox to Glendale for the Fiesta Bowl. Good luck with Millen, folks.

Neatest fact: The combination of Tostitos tortilla chips and a fiesta makes for a perfect combination. In this case, the synergy between sponsor and bowl is dead-on.

Closest finish: Arkansas and UCLA played to a 10-10 tie in 1978. In 2007, we were treated to a one-point overtime thriller some of you may remember...

Most lopsided finish: Nebraska took Florida to the woodshed in the1996 Fiesta Bowl, winning 62-24.

Tidbits of interest: The Fiesta Bowl will also be the site of this year's BCS National Championship Game between Oregon and Auburn. Oklahoma has lost the last two times it played in the Fiesta Bowl. UConn has never made an appearance in the bowl.

The 2011 Fiesta Bowl kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EST, Saturday, Jan. 1. The game will be televised on ESPN. For a complete list of bowls, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.

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