Believe it or not, college football fans, but the sport’s postseason is already here and the time for the 2013 Fiesta Bowl is approaching fast.
With so much excitement over one of the most prestigious games in the history of college football, who the actual combatants are that will take part in this battle have yet to be determined.
The Big 12 has yet to crown its winner, but since there is no championship game for the conference anymore because they have only 10 teams, the Fiesta Bowl participant will come down to each team’s record in the Big 12 and overall.
That means if the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats beat their opponents Saturday (TCU and Texas respectively) the teams will share the title of conference champion, but it would be the Wildcats that get the Fiesta Bowl bid on overall record.
Glad that isn’t complicated.
As for the Big 12 representative’s opponent in the bowl game, it will be the top at-large BCS team that did not get an automatic qualifier. There is still a week of action left, but the No. 5 Oregon Ducks will likely be the team that gets the other Fiesta Bowl berth.
Who: Big 12 Champion vs. No. 1 BCS at-large selection
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az.
When: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: ESPN Radio
Bowl Participants Prediction: No. 5 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats
While both were billed as top teams in the nation at points this season, both the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks were unable to maintain under that pressure and have fallen down the standings.
As much as these teams have been overrated all season, the programs currently sit almost exactly where they should be in the BCS standings. These are two squads that sit on the cusp of top 5, but are not quite the cream of the crop.
That doesn’t mean this won’t be an amazing game anyway, though.
Kansas State’s offensive attack—led by star quarterback and Heisman candidate Collin Klein—will push the Ducks’ secondary to its limit. With the team averaging over 40 points per game, Oregon will be in for a battle.
As great as the Wildcats have been in 2012, the Ducks will start 2013 off with a huge Fiesta Bowl win.
With star running back Kenjon Barner having room to run and freshman QB Marcus Mariota having time in the pocket to make plays against a Kansas State team that gave up 52 points to Baylor in their last outing, Oregon will put on an offensive showcase and steal a victory.
While the Wildcats will deserve immense credit for making it farther than anyone had though coming into this season, the Ducks are the superior team on both sides of the ball and that will be on full display at the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.
Game Outcome Prediction: Oregon 46, Kansas State 34
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