Fiesta Bowl 2013: Breaking Down Oregon vs. Kansas State

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  A detail of the Fiesta Bowl logo painted on the turf is seen prior to the Oklahoma State Cowboys playing against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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If you’re a college football fan that can’t get enough offensive action, the most exciting matchup of the year will be the 2013 Fiesta Bowl featuring the No. 4 Oregon Ducks facing off against the No. 5 Kansas State Wildcats.

If you love touchdowns of every variety, this will be your one-stop shop.

These two national powerhouses average over 90 points scored per game combined, and lackluster defenses on both sides will result in one of the most intense offensive assaults in bowl history.

Don’t blink during this game or you could miss some of the fast-paced action.


Who: Big 12 Champion vs. No. 1 BCS at-large selection

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az.

When: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Listen: ESPN Radio


2013 Fiesta Bowl Breakdown

While there are major differences in the offensive schemes that the Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats run, it’s amazing how similar these two teams’ seasons were.

With each suffering just one loss in the regular season—those losses even came on the same day—both the Ducks and the Wildcats are predicated on their offensive attacks and are hindered by the lackluster play of their defensive units.

The Kansas State and Oregon defensive units have respectable national rankings (24th and 26th respectively), but those numbers are skewed by the lackluster competition in the Pac-12 and the Big 12.

Both conferences are overrated, and the Fiesta Bowl will expose just how porous the defensive play has been for each school this season.

Where these teams won’t have any problems is on the offensive side of the ball.

Oregon comes into this matchup ranked second in the nation with 50.8 points scored per game, but they will be facing off with a Kansas State team that ranks ninth in college football with 40.7 points per game.

Add in the fact that each of these teams are full of seniors fighting for not only the pride of their school, but to end their college careers on a positive note, and this will be one of the best games we get all bowl season.

Prediction: Oregon 46, Kansas State 34


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