Fiesta Bowl Preview History
2014 Fiesta Bowl Preview
The Baylor Bears showed the nation that there is more than one Green and Yellow team that can produce the #1 ranked scoring offense in the country. Coming off an eleven win season the Bears averaged more than 50 points per game scoring over 60 points in six of their twelve games. On the other side of the ball will be another 11-1 team that went undefeated in college football’s newest conference the American Athletic Conference. Central Florida took complete control of the AAC sporting one of the toughest defenses in the country that weighs in at 13th in points allowed. While Baylor appears to be all offense, aiming to beat their opponent by outscoring them, the Bears defense has stepped up and proved they too are note-worthy allowing only 21 points per game at 19th in the nation. If there is one thing the country has learned about Baylor it’s that a tough defense can slow this high powered offense down. UCF will need to take a page out of Oklahoma States book as the Cowboys were able to keep Baylor to a season low of only 17 points.
Central Florida has all the defensive power they need to contain Baylor, but they won’t be able to ride on that alone. While Baylor can certainly be contained, the big plays from Bryce Petty’s offensive weapons are inevitable. With two of the most productive running backs in college football combining for just under 2,000 yards, Seastrunk and Linwood can create huge opportunities for the Bears offense. The Knights will have to find a creative way to load the box without giving Petty room to expand his 3,844 yard passing season. Offensively UCF will have to capitalize on turnovers and create their own luck in the end zone. Though Baylor’s defense has proved to be tough, they have also given up a total of 2,493 yard through the air, a great attacking point for quarterback Blake Bortles who’s producing his best year yet with 3,280 yards through the air at a 68% completion rate. But regardless of how this matchup appears on paper, UCF has one huge advantage and that’s their ability to overcome being the underdog and secure the upset, just ask Louisville.
The Baylor Bears and the UCF Knights will kick-off at 6:30 PM MST at Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in what is sure to be one of the best games of the year.
2013 Fiesta Bowl Game Preview:
The Fiesta Bowl, played in Glendale, AZ., is a marquis college football bowl game part of the BCS and will feature the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks. Colin Klein and Marcus Mariota are both Heisman candidates and are both poised to end their seasons with a Fiesta Bowl trophy on the mantle. Kansas State beat Oklahoma and Texas on its way to a BCS game while Oregon was able to topple USC and rival Oregon State on its way to a #5 BCS ranking.
From the Longhorns thrilling win over Ohio State in to Boise State’s miracle finish against Oklahoma (and that’s just in the last five years), you are sure to see fast-paced action from start to finish. The University of Phoenix Stadium holds up to 78,000 spectators and ticket demand will be through the roof as both fan bases will send people in droves to Arizona.
2012 Fiesta Bowl Game Preview:
It’s the Big-12 versus the Pac-12 as the conference champs from each—the 11-1 Oklahoma State Cowboys and 11-1 Stanford Cardinal—meet in beautiful Glendale, Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium to determine which defense can hold the opposite’s high-flying offense more. Besides scoring power, the teams bring in star power in Stanford’s Heisman front-running quarterback Andrew Luck, and OK State’s All-World Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon. The consensus says that these two will go in the top-five picks in next year’s NFL draft, so January 2nd in Glendale is the last time you can see them in Cardinal Red and Cowboy Orange. It’s a match-up that can’t be beat!
2011 Fiesta Bowl Game Preview:
The Fiesta Bowl this year is a battle of a powerhouse and the surprise of the BCS. While playing for championships and in the post-season is an old hat for the Oklahoma Sooners, their Big East opponent, the Connecticut Huskies, haven’t even been playing Division One football for a decade. The two teams squeaked by to win their conferences (UConn split it with West Virginia, but their better conference record gave them the BCS berth), so it will be interesting to see how their styles clash.
The Sooners build their game in the air, completing the fourth best passing stats in 2011. Quarterback Landry Jones has tossed for more than 4,200 yards and 35 touchdowns. While the Huskies’ strength is in their defense, it might be a tough battle against the seventh-ranked team in the nation. Can the Big East co-champs pull out another win like their last-second field goal victory over South Florida to get to the Fiesta Bowl? We’ll have to see to find out.
2010 Fiesta Bowl Game Preview:
The 2010 Fiesta Bowl feature two unbeaten teams as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Boise State Broncos in what is sure to be called the "BCS Busters Bowl". TCU is led by Head Coach Gary Patterson; his Horned Frogs have an opportunistic offense and a stingy defense. Boise State is led by Head Coach Chris Petersen; his Broncos have a high powered offense that knocked off Pac 10 Oregon to start the season. Boise State and TCU will both be trying to prove a point to BCS voters, so expect the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to be an amazing game.
2009 Fiesta Bowl Game Preview:
The 2009 Fiesta Bowl features the Texas Longhorns vs the Ohio State Buckeyes. The matchup is going to be one of the biggest bowl games around. As one of the five main BCS bowl games, and one of the top games in college football, the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona is a hot game any season. Since 1971, fans have flocked to the Fiesta Bowl to watch some top-notch college teams face-off against each other. This season, the Fiesta Bowl will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium for the second year.
After a long and challenging season, the Texas Longhorns will be headed to the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. The Longhorns faced a huge upset at the hands of Texas Tech in week 12 of the regular season, which forced them to watch as Oklahoma rolled by in the BCS polls. Ohio State also had a bumpy season in 2008, but are looking poised headed into the Fiesta Bowl Game. This is going to be a great bowl game between two great teams, so don't miss your chance to watch the Buckeyes and Longhorns go head-to-head in Phoenix.