Kansas State Wildcats and Oregon Ducks Meet in Fiesta Bowl

By Patrick Schmidt


Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

University of Oregon and Kansas State was the matchup for the BCS Championship Game a short time ago, but now the two will have to settle for facing each other in the Fiesta Bowl.

The two teams lost on the same day when they were ranked in the top two spots in the BCS rankings and eliminating them from the title game.

However, this game will still provide the viewer with plenty to watch.

This will be the last college game for No. 7 Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who was the favorite to win the Heisman trophy before his team’s disappointing loss to Baylor.

The dual-threat quarterback has been one of the easiest players to root for in college football the past two seasons as he has racked up an astonishing 49 rushing touchdowns in the last two seasons.

No. 5 Oregon will counter with Chip Kelly’s version of a spread offense led by running backs Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas and redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The Ducks offense finished as the second ranked scoring offense in the nation averaging 50.8 points per game and has scored 42 or more points in 11 of 12 games this year.

The biggest question for Oregon entering this game besides how to slow down Klein is whether this will be the last game for Kelly as head coach of the Ducks.

He turned down the chance to coach in the NFL last season, but has been rumored to be looking to make the jump to the professional ranks after this season.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here

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