With just two weeks left play in the season, the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas State Wildcats were flying high at number one and number two in the BCS Standings, respectively, and already catching the sweet scent of a trip to Miami and a shot at the BCS National Championship. All that each team needed for a likely meeting inside Sun Life Stadium on January 7th was to win their remaining two games, and poised with two of the nation's most dynamic offenses, there was no reason for anyone to doubt each program could pull it off. But the following Saturday, both teams’ BCS Championship dreams were dashed by Week 11 losses. However, their still-impressive records earned them more than a mere consolation prize, and for Fiesta Bowl fans it’s nothing short of a match made in heaven.
Before both squads were defeated, fans across the country were clamoring for No. 4 Oregon versus No. 5 Kansas State in the BCS Championship game, as it was a lock to be one of the most electrifying bowl games of the season. And although the schools aren't meeting where they'd hoped, they do still feature championship quality offenses spearheaded by once-Heisman Trophy candidates like K-State quarterback Collin Klein and Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, who will both be on display with something to prove. Then take into account that the schools are led by two of the brightest minds in the game in Oregon Coach Chip Kelly and K-State Coach Bill Snyder, and this one has all the makings of a potential epic in Arizona.
Under Coach Kelly, the Ducks have seen plenty of BCS bowl game action in recent history. Oregon (11-1) won their first Rose Bowl in 95 years last season in addtion to playing in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and the 2010 Rose Bowl, though they fell both times. They also have experience winning a Fiesta Bowl, having taken it home back in 2002. Coach Snyder has certainly upheld his end of the bargain with the Wildcats (12-1), leading them to the Pinstripe Bowl in 2010 and to the Cotton Bowl in 2011. The last time Kansas State was in a BCS bowl game was a 2003 Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State, so Coach Snyder will surely be looking to reverse that outcome.
Though BCS bowl bame tickets are always in high demand, it’s easy to see why so many fans are especially looking forward to Oregon battling K-State. When you look beyond the single blemish on their records, it's nothing short of incredible. Oregon ended the season second in the nation in scoring, tallying a gargantuan 50.8 points per game, and ranked fourth in total offense at 550 yards per. On the flipside, the Wildcats put up a beastly 40.7 points per game, leaving them at 10th overall in the country. And though Klein and Barner will hold much of the focus, it’s more than just a two man show, as Oregon freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota has had ice in his veins while leading his team’s lethal attack, and Kansas State’s opportunistic defense led the nation in turnover margin at plus-21.
You can find an excellent selection of 2013 Fiesta Bowl tickets here at Vivid Seats, so act quickly and secure your seats now to witness what’s sure to be an instant classic inside University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff for the 42nd annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is set for January 3rd at 8:30 p.m. ET, in Glendale, Arizona, and considering the Fiesta Bowl’s penchant for producing iconic BCS bowl game moments, this is surely one you’re going to want to experience live.