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Published on January 2, 2012 by   ·   2 Comments

fiesta-bowl-logoThe Fiesta Bowl is a Bowl Game that is played annually at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This bowl game has been played since 1971 and has been part of the BCS since 1998. This game matches up the Big 12 champion against another BCS top 10 team.

The Fiesta Bowl was twice the national championship game in 1999 and 2003. It started out as an automatic bowl berth for the Western Athletic Conference, which didn’t earn many invitations. The ties with the WAC stop in the late 70’s and the game became an at-large bowl game played on New Year’s Day.

In 1986, the Fiesta Bowl also determined the National Champion as #2 Penn State beat #1 Miami. Another national champion was determine two years later as #1 Notre Dame played #3 West Virginia.

With these major bowl games being played on New Year’s Day, the Fiesta Bowl slowly took over the 4th spot away from the Cotton Bowl to go along with the Orange, Sugar and Rose Bowl.

This year’s matchup is the Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-1) playing against the Stanford Cardinal (11-1). Oklahoma State is the #1 ranked offense overall and #2 with 49.3 points per game. Stanford has the nations best quarterback and consensus #1 draft pick for the NFL draft in Andrew Luck.


Just like several other games this bowl season, this will be a very high scoring game. Stanford has a decent defense, but they have never seen an offense even close to the Cowboys.

On the other side of the ball, Oklahoma State is average at best. This means that it’s going to be the team with the most mistakes that is going lose the game. You may well see these two teams trade touchdowns in at least one quarter of the Fiesta Bowl.


After faltering for much of yesterday and early today, I’ve finally hit a couple of these games in a row. South Carolina took care of Nebraska; Michigan State gutted out an overtime win; I almost called the exact score of the Rose Bowl. So I’m feeling better about making these picks.

I have Oklahoma State winning yet another shootout with the final score of 42-37.

2011 Fiesta Bowl

Previous Bowl Results

The Big East conference is 1-2 in the Fiesta Bowl the BCS was introduced and the Big 12 conference is 2-4 in the that same time period.

Oklahoma has lost the Fiesta Bowl twice before 1) the miracle that Boise State pulled off which you can see below and 2) in 2008 when West Virginia beat them 48-28.


UConn is 3-1 in bowl games all-time. Last year, the Huskies (7-5) beat the favored SEC team South Carolina (6-6) by the score of 20-7 in the Bowl. Other than that, their bowl experiences haven’t been against the caliber of team that they are about to face.

Oklahoma finally cracked through last year beating Stanford in the Sun Bowl 31-27. Other than a win in the 2005 Holiday bowl, they have been cursed since winning the National Championship. I don’t think that the Sooners’ fans would be able to cope with another loss of this magnitude. All they have to do is look to what Nebraska losing to a 6-6 Washington team did if they want proof of embarrassment.

Fiesta Bowl Breakdown

RecordsOklahoma: 11-2; UConn: 8-4
All Time Bowl RecordOklahoma: 25-17-1; UConn: 3-1
Key WinsOklahoma: Florida State 47-17, Texas Tech 45-7, OK State 47-41; UConn: West Virginia 16-13, Pittsburgh 30-28, Syracuse 23-6
Key LossesOklahoma: Missouri 36-27, Texas A&M 33-19; UConn: Michigan 30-10, Temple 30-16, Louisville 26-0

Oklahoma had the National Championship game in sights before they lost unexpectedly to Missouri on the road. They have rebounded to win their last four games.

UConn beat the two teams that they needed to beat (Pittsburgh and West Virginia) and hung on to win in South Florida to win the Big East title on a three-way tiebreaker. They are currently 16 1/2 point underdogs for the Fiesta bowl.

Points For/GameOklahoma: 36.4; UConn: 26.9
Points Against/GameOklahoma: 21.9; UConn: 19.8
Offensive Yards/GameOklahoma: 478; UConn: 325

Look at the difference in yards per game. Oklahoma gains an average of 150 yards more than Connecticut does per game. Unlike Nebraska, Oklahoma won’t be in trouble if they go down 17-7 in the third quarter. The Sooners have the 4th best passing attack in the Nation.

Even though it was at the beginning of the year, I have to be suspicious of UConn’s offense because they could only put up 10 points on Michigan. Besides squeaking out two games against Pitt and WVU they didn’t play much of anyone this year.


Oklahoma should have taken a very important lesson to heart after watching the mighty Nebraska Cornhuskers lose to the lowly Washington Huskies in the Holiday Bowl. They are not going to take Connecticut lightly; the memory of Boise State will make sure of that. Oklahoma wins 42-17.

Bowl Game Results

This game played out exactly like I thought it would, which isn’t a surprise. Oklahoma had a lot to lose if they tanked this game and they knew the possibility was there once Nebraska lost to Washington. This game was never in doubt – Oklahoma wins 48-20.

2010 Bowl Record – 15-12

Previous Fiesta Bowl Highlights

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