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Fiesta Bowl Preview

January 2nd 2013 22:32
On Thursday, the next BCS game takes place. The Fiesta Bowl with Oregon taking on Kansas State.


Fiesta Bowl: Oregon vs Kansas State. Both teams enter the game at 11-1 on the season, as the Ducks are 4th-ranked and Wildcats enter right behind in the rankings.


The Ducks lone defeat came to Rose Bowl Champion, Stanford. Oregon has one of the nation's most explosive players in quarterback Marcus Mariota. On they year, Mariota has thrown 30 touchdown passes and passed for 2,511 yards. Mariota doubles as a top rusher in picking up 690 yards on the ground. Kenyon Barner has rushed for 1,624 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Ducks average just under 51 points per game, second in the nation.


Kansas State had a near perfect season except for a bad loss to Baylor on Nov. 17th. Though the Bears proved to be a worthy opponent in the end this year. Kansas State is led by quarterback Collin Klein who placed third in the Heisman Trophy award ballot. Klein has thrown for 2,490 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Klein, like Mariota is a top rusher in addition to his prowess through the air. Klein, has rushed for 890 yards, and 22 touchdowns. John Hubert leads the team in rushing at 892 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Kansas State averages 41 points per game, eighth in the nation.

This game boils down to a big question. Can the Kansas State defense slow down the Oregon offense? Only Stanford has been able to do this on the year. The Wildcats offense can score points in bunches like the Ducks, but they aren't as explosive as Oregon, and don't have as many weapons. Klein will need to have a huge game, just to keep the score close. It will be close, don't see the Ducks pulling away in a large way. Oregon does win the game.

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