A pair of 11-1 teams square-off in the 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl when BCS No. 4 Oregon meets BCS No. 5 Kansas State in a PAC-12 vs. Big 12 showdown of high-octane offenses.
In fact, the 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, scheduled for University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, is the only BCS bowl pitting two of the nation’s top 10 offenses.
Combining to average 91.5 points (50.8 Oregon, 40.7 Kansas State) and 960.5 yards (550.1 Ducks, 410.4 Wildcats) per game, this could be the year the two-team Tostitos Fiesta Bowl single-game records for points (86 in 1996) and total yardage (1129 in 1972) is threatened.
Both schools arrive in the desert on the heels of national title-contending seasons. The Ducks ranked in the top four slots of the BCS every week, climbing as high as No. 2 in early November, the same week the Big 12 Conference champion Wildcats reached No. 1. In the final BCS rankings, the Ducks and Wildcats finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Oregon used merciless offensive precision to score 40 or more points in 11 of 12 games. In 80 scoring drives, 44 lasted less than two minutes and 22 were 60 seconds or less. The Ducks extended their school-record winning streak to 13 games by prevailing in the first 10 outings of the season.
Besides scoring and total offense, the Ducks also led the Pac-12 Conference in pass efficiency (159.8), punt-return average (14.2), passes intercepted (24), third-down conversions (47.3 pct.), fourth-down conversions (70.4 pct.) and turnover margin (+19). In fact, Oregon was the national leader in passes intercepted and tied for the lead in total turnovers (38).
Kansas State enjoyed its highest final BCS ranking in school history and reached no. 1 in the BCS for the first time. K-State ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense while also leading the country in turnover margin (+21).
The Wildcats’ defense held seven opponents (Missouri State, Miami, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas) to less than 100 yards rushing, finishing 16th nationally in rushing defense (119.2 yards per game).
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was among the three finalists invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation (won by Johnny Manzeil of Texas A&M). Klein became the first signal-caller from a BCS automatic-qualifying school in the BCS era to record 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdown in two seasons and he is one of only four quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com give Oregon a 0.75-point edge for the 4th-closest margin among this year's 35 bowl games.