Fiesta Bowl Pick – January 3rd
Once upon a time, the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas State Wildcats seemed to be for the BCS National Championship. Both teams have lost since then though, and now, the two teams are playing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in NCAA football betting action on January 3rd instead.
The Wildcats were probably the worst of the one-loss teams this year in the nation. They did go through a tough Big XII schedule, and they did go on the road and win both at West Virginia and at Oklahoma, but this was never truly a believable team, and it only felt like a matter of time until someone knocked this club off. Alas, it was the Baylor Bears that finally did the job, but that one defeat doesn’t change the fact that it was still a remarkable season. QB Collin Klein accounted for 890 rushing yards and 22 TDs to go with 2,490 yards and 15 scores through the air, but when the marbles were all on the line, he really came up flat when it meant the most. Still, Head Coach Bill Snyder knows that it is going to take a heck of an effort to stop this Oregon offense, especially since his team allowed 52 to Baylor and 30 to Oklahoma State, two of the most comparable teams on the schedule.
The Ducks are back in a BCS bowl game this year, and they are going to be ready to pounce on the Wildcats in this one. It was a great year from an offensive standpoint, and the argument could be made that this was the best version of Head Coach Chip Kelly’s offense ever. The U of O ranked third in the country in rushing at 323.2 yards per game and second in scoring at 50.8 points per game. In total, 550.1 yards per game was good enough to rank fourth in the land. WR/RB De’Anthony Thomas was probably the only disappointment of the campaign, as he had just 690 rushing yards, 385 receiving yards, and a total of eight TDs on the campaign. RB Kenjon Barner though, had a fantastic year, coming up with 1,624 yards on the ground, 232 through the air, and a total of 24 scores. QB Marcus Mariota, just a freshman, threw for 30 TDs and rushed for 11 more, accounting for over 3,100 yards of total offense along the way.
There is still a real question as to whether Kelly is going to still be here at Oregon for this game by the time it kicks off, knowing that there is a real chance that he ends up coaching an NFL team by that point. Klein is a real gamer, and he isn’t going to give up without a fight. This is going to be a game that comes down to the wire, and though we do think that the Ducks are going to get the victory, it won’t be by double digits. Oregon 31 – Kansas State 28