Fiesta Bowl 2013: Oregon vs. Kansas State Will Be the Best BCS Bowl

Lisa HornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterDecember 2, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  A detail of the Fiesta Bowl Championship trophy which was won by Oklahoma State Cowboys after their 41-38 overtime win against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Alabama vs Notre Dame in the BCS Championship game is a great bowl match up because of the two storied football programs pitted against each other. But Danny Sheridan told ESPN on Sunday night that Alabama would be a 10-point favorite. 

Per ESPN, Danny Sheridan says Alabama would be a 10-point favorite over #NotreDame. All SEC teams in top 10 would be favored against ND.

— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) November 19, 2012


Note: I talked to Danny Sheridan on Monday and he said that he told ESPN that Alabama would be an 8-point favorite so Lazerus' tweet is inaccurate.  


Alabama vs. Notre Dame will be a grind-it-out type of game that football purists claim to love, but is that really better than say, that 2007 Fiesta Bowl classic between Oklahoma and Boise State?

Who can forget Boise State's hook-and-ladder play to tie the game and send it into overtime? Or the Statue of Liberty two-point conversion play that gave the Broncos the 43-42 overtime victory?

Last season's Fiesta Bowl was also a riveting classic between Oklahoma State and Stanford.

Oklahoma State only held the ball for 18 minutes and 13 seconds compared to Stanford's 41 minutes and 47 seconds, yet the Cowboys won 41-38 in overtime. 

The 2013 Fiesta Bowl has all the makings of another Fiesta Bowl shootout in front of a packed stadium.

At last season's Cotton Bowl Classic, Kansas State brought 40,000 fans.  Oregon also travels well—an estimated 10,000 Duck fans showed up at Santa Monica pier for a pep rally before its 2012 Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin. 

The Fiesta Bowl will look like MardiGras with purple, yellow and green-clad fans sprinkled throughout the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Both teams had a shot at No. 1 when Alabama lost to Texas A&M—Kansas State actually was ranked No. 1 after that Alabama loss, but then lost to Baylor the following week—but both finished 11-1 and in the top 5 of the BCS standings.

A fast, speedy offense against a stout defense? Check. A dual-threat quarterback against an undervalued defense? Check.

This contest could sate college football fans hungering for some great offense and defense called by two of the best minds in college football: Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.

Both teams have Heisman candidates in Oregon running back KenjonBarner and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, and both will shine in Glendale, Arizona. 

The Ducks' no-huddle, spread attack offense against the Wildcats' front seven will thrill even the recreational sports fan.

Remember Stanford, another team with a great front seven, beat Oregon 17-14 several weeks ago? Also remember that Baylor's aerial attack beat Kansas State 52-24. 

Bowls are all about excitement and this season's Fiesta Bowl looks like a winner. No one wants to see another Game of the Century I or II. 

Three of the last four Fiesta Bowls have had games where the final score's difference was seven points or less—two of those games (2012, 2009) were won by a mere three points. 

Fasten your seat belts, football fans. Oregon is an early 3-point favorite over Kansas State. 

This will be one of the best BCS bowls ever.