While it’s no BCS National Championship Game, the Fiesta Bowl promises to be one of the most exciting matchups of the 2012-13 college football postseason.
One way to make this thrilling battle between the No. 5 Kansas State Wildcats and No. 4 Oregon Ducks even better is to place a friendly—or substantial—wager down on the action.
There are plenty of ways to bet this Glendale, Arizona-based BCS game, so let’s take a look at your options and pick some winners.
*Lines via ScoresAndOdds.com, game played at neutral location.
Point Spread: Oregon -8 over Kansas State
Which team will cover?
We’re going with the Ducks in this one, despite the relatively large amount of points being spotted to a team just one rung below them in the rankings.
With all due respect to Louisiana Tech (51.5 PPG), the Oregon offense is the most complete and unstoppable attack in college football. That unit not only averages 50.8 points per game, but also 548.3 yards per outing, 28.1 first downs a contest and converts third downs at a 48.8 percent clip.
Coach Chip Kelly’s brilliant system not only produces points, but also keeps defenses on the field, tires them out and saps the opponent's will to compete by not letting them retire to the sidelines.
It’s worked to perfection against every single team in 2012—with the notable exception of Stanford (the Ducks' only loss)—and we have no reason to doubt it will dominate K-State.
Over/Under: Over 74
For the same reason we love the Ducks to cover the spread, we like the total to go over.
The Wildcats offense isn’t too shabby either, and is led by Heisman finalist Collin Klein. With him under center, the team averages 40.5 points per game, racks up over 415 yards and turns the ball over only 0.8 times per contest.
Klein is certainly going to be able to get his numbers against a Ducks defensive unit that is prone to giving up big plays and allows 178.5 yards per game on the ground. A dual-threat QB will be hard for them to stop.
We think K-State has the firepower to hang around Oregon for a while, but falls apart late and loses by at least 10.
Predicted Outcome: Oregon 57 – Kansas State 47