2012 Fiesta Bowl: Oregon to face Kansas State in Glendale

Jonathan Ferrey

Two of the nation's most prolific offenses will meet at University of Phoenix Stadium next month.

There was once a time when it seemed the Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats could play for the BCS National Championship. Both teams have since stumbled, but that did not prevent them from reaching a BCS bowl game. On Sunday night, it was announced that the Ducks and Wildcats will play for the 2013 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale.

The 42nd annual Fiesta Bowl is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. MT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Oregon features what many call the nation's best offense, averaging nearly 51 points a game. They went 11-1 this past year, with their lone loss coming to Pac-12 champion Stanford in overtime. The Ducks also have an underrated defense which ranks 26th in points allowed.

Kansas State also went 11-1 this past year, with a bad loss to Baylor being their only blemish. The Wildcats are led by Heisman candidate Collin Klein, who threw for 15 touchdowns this past season and rushed for 22 more. KSU averages nearly 41 points a game.

This is arguably the most attractive BCS bowl game matchup. Both teams are loaded on offense, and they each enter with a chip on their shoulder after falling short of the national title game. The over-under for this one should be about 90 points, and there will be plenty of fireworks out of Glendale.

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