5 Reasons You’ll Want To Watch The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
5 Reasons To Watch The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
The Baylor Bears and UCF Knights will face off Jan. 1 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. As one of the five BCS Bowls, in the last year of the BCS system, these two offensive-minded teams shouldn’t disappoint come New Year’s Day.
The lesser-known Knights come into this matchup as the 15th ranked team in the nation, but they’ll be facing a ranked team for just the third time this season. The Bears, on the other hand, finished the season by facing four bowl-destined teams, three of which are currently ranked in the top 25.
Baylor clearly has the more impressive resume, and they also boast one of the best offenses in all of college football. They routinely put up over 50 points a game, and even touched 70 in three separate contests. The Knights like to score the ball as well, as their junior quarterback and top pro prospect Blake Bortles has gotten better throughout the season as he makes everyone around him better.
Bortles and Bryce Petty will headline this BCS Bowl matchup, but there are plenty of other reasons to tune into what will be an offensively dominant game. Continue onto the next slide to see those reasons to watch, as well as to gain some insight going into this Tostitos Fiesta Bowl matchup.
QB Battle: Bortles vs. Petty
Both Blake Bortles and Bryce Petty are currently evaluated to be first-round picks. While Petty has decided to return to Baylor for his senior season, Bortles has been climbing up recent draft boards and very well could be a top 10 pick when the draft arrives. Both will be starters on Sunday eventually, so tune in to get an early glimpse at two players who could be reshaping the NFL in the very near future.
Baylor WR Tevis Reese Makes His Return
Prior to breaking his hand, Tevin Reese was dominating on Saturday’s for the Baylor Bears. Reese was averaging over 100 receiving yards per game along with an astounding 25 yards per reception. Reese is a speedster who should help out Bryce Petty immensely as the junior quarterback hasn’t been his dominant self as of late. Reese is just finishing up his senior season at Baylor, and after a productive but not spectacular career, he could drastically help his draft stock with a strong performance.
Baylor's Running Back Trio
Coming into the season, Lache Seastrunk was the hot name when it came to the Baylor backfield. The junior running back was coming off a dominant 2012 season in which he rushed for an average 7.7 yards every time he touched the ball. His yards per carry average has remained high in 2013, but senior Glasco Martin and freshmen Shock Linwood have entered the spotlight as well. The Baylor offense as a whole is averaging 265 rushing yards per game, so expect to see all three running backs get a fair share of carries against UCF.
Offense, Followed Up By More Offense
Baylor has the No. 1 ranked scoring offense (53 ppg) in the country, and UCF isn’t that far behind with an average of 33 points scored per game. Both teams have put up some ridiculous numbers this season, and with neither having a standout defense; expect this game to be a high scoring one you won’t want to turn away from. The man shown above is Baylor coach Art Briles, who has brought a different version of the read-option to Baylor, and has seen his offense become one of the hardest to stop in the country.
Both Teams Boast Strong Secondaries
Both UCF and Baylor have seen playmakers emerge in their secondary this season, and the man above with dread locks is Ahmad Dixon (No. 6), a safety and presumed second- or third-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Aside from Dixon, keep an eye on UCF’s Clayton Gathers (No. 26) and Jacoby Glenn (No. 12) as the two have combined to break up 25 passes this season, and have two interceptions apiece as well. Right now they aren’t as big of names as Dixon, but Glenn is just a freshman and appears to have a very bright future ahead of him.