The Fiesta Bowl’s game time will mark the start of the season’s most entertaining college football game.
Oregon, who boasts the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation, and Kansas State, who fields the No. 8 scoring offense, averaged a combined 91.5 points per game this season. According to ESPN, the contest’s over/under is 74.0 points. It’d be shocking if it didn't end in a shootout.
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Oregon and Kansas State keep the ball on the ground far more times than they take to the air. The Ducks run 1.83 times more often than they pass and the Wildcats do the same at 1.73.
But while most offenses that run as often as them are boring ballclubs that emphasize ball control, that isn't the case with either of the competitors who’ll face off in the Phoenix. Oregon and Kansas State are both loaded with explosive athletes.
It all starts at quarterback. Oregon freshman Marcus Mariota has racked up 3,201 yards from scrimmage and 34 touchdowns this season, compared Kansas State’s Collin Klein who compiled 3,380 yards 37 touchdowns.
Mariota is blessed to have two of the most explosive backs in the nation to give the ball to. Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas have combined for 2,927 yards from scrimmage and 37 touchdowns this season.
Klein carries most of the workload for K-State, but he does have a few partners in crime who’ll definitely play a role. Runningback John Hubert and wide receivers Chris Harper, Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson won’t strike fear into the heart of a defense like Barner and Thomas, but they've been more productive playmakers this season than anyone on Oregon outside of its three-headed backfield monster.
If you miss this showdown between two of the most stacked offensive attacks in the country, it’ll ruin your year.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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