BCS Bowl Predictions: Fiesta Bowl Will Have Scouts Hoping Luck Does Not Suck

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal reacts during the final minute of their loss to the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Andrew Luck has so much hype surrounding him, it would be a shame to see him tank against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl and leave scouts with a bitter taste in their mouths.

Luck's stock isn't going to go up or down, regardless of what he does in his last collegiate game.

Even so, it's going to be difficult for him to live up to the hype that is swirling about him. If he's not one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he's going to fall short of expectations.

He's got limited weapons at his disposal and he's got to square off against an Oklahoma State team that is jam-packed with talent, but whatever team he goes to will likely need him to compensate for a lack of weaponry as well.

Pro scouts (particularly those in Indianapolis) are going to be keeping a close eye on Luck. Should he falter, as he did against Oregon, the Colts are going to have to think long and hard about how they are going to handle the No. 1 overall pick if it comes their way.

Everyone wants to believe that this guy is the second coming of John Elway, and that he can take over Peyton Manning's role in the offense without missing a beat.

An underwhelming performance against the Cowboys won't exactly give the Colts a warm, fuzzy feeling about ditching a potential MVP candidate for an unproven rookie who finished his collegiate career with a dud.

Luck is going to hear his name called No. 1. We've heard Jim Irsay speak about the draft, but would the Colts be willing to put all of their chips in the Luck basket if he has a shaky outing in the inevitable shootout his bowl will be?

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