Kansas State Wildcats (5) and Oregon Ducks (4) receive the best consolation prize in one the bowl season’s most awaited games. The Fiesta Bowl set’s up two of the most vibrant offenses in the country this college football season. The marquee match up was caused due to losses to both teams on the same weekend during the season otherwise this game would’ve been for the all the marbles.
However Oregon lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime on Nov. 17, the same day Kansas State lost a 52-24 shootout at Baylor.
Kansas State is in its 16th bowl in school history and 14th under coach Bill Snyder. The Wildcats are in a BCS bowl for the second time after playing in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
Oregon is in its fourth straight BCS bowl under Chip Kelly after playing in the 2010 Rose Bowl, the 2011 BCS national championship game and winning the Rose Bowl last year
This game is constructed from Oregon's speed vs. Kansas State's power.
Oregon is known to play at an incredible pace like few teams in college football and often score extremely fast with 44 of their 80 touchdown drives this season coming in two minutes or less, including 22 in 60 seconds or less.
The Duck’s use their speed in the running game highly due to their talented running back Kenjon Barner, who is a threat to score every his hand touch the ball. Barner exploded rushing for 1,624 yards and 21 touchdowns, combining with the multi-dimensional back DeAnothony Thomas 1,562 all-purposed yards and 16 touchdowns give Oregon one of the most electrifying running back duo’s in college football.
On the other the hand Kansas State is a bit more methodical and will need to use their ball-possession ways to keep the ball away from the Duck's offense.
In the game look for quarterback Collin Klein a dual threat, he was a Heisman finalist after throwing for 2,490 yards and rushing for 890 more and adding to that score 37 touchdown’s this season for the Wildcats. Another player at Kansas State to shift to be running back John Hubert, who leads the team with 892 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns . The receiving trio at Kansas State is also very lethal. It consists of Chris Harper, Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson all went over the 500-yard mark this season in receiving yards, combining for 1, 952 and 11 touchdowns.
After losses that hurt each team title chances they each bounced back and were able to make the necessary adjustments to win strong regular season-ending outings. Oregon doubled Oregon State 48-24, while Kansas State topped Texas 42-24. Now the stage is set as both teams clash with each other Thursday night.