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Florida forgot to show up last night as Charlie Strong proved why he is one of the best coaches in the country. With that crazy game behind us it is time to focus on the Fiesta Bowl with K State vs Oregon
Ducks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Ducks are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
Ducks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Ducks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
Ducks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
Ducks are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Ducks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Ducks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.
Ducks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
Ducks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Ducks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
Wildcats are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
Wildcats are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.
Wildcats are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win.
Wildcats are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Wildcats are 12-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Wildcats are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Wildcats are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Wildcats are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 non-conference games.
Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games.
Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games.
What's at stake: Once national championship front-runners, Kansas State and Oregon get a nice consolation prize by playing in one of the bowl season's most anticipated games. The Wildcats (5) and Ducks (4) are both in the top 5 of the BCS standings and have two of the nation's most dynamic offenses, setting up what should be a second straight marquee Fiesta Bowl matchup after Oklahoma State outlasted Stanford, 41-38, in overtime last year.
Chip Kelly reportedly will interview with the Cleveland Browns on Friday. He’s reportedly the hot topic in Philadelphia, too.
Is anyone reportedly coaching Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl?
Snyder’s Wildcats are sizable dogs in the Fiesta Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) against a hyped Oregon team with a questionable strength of schedule. The Ducks’ best wins came against mediocre Southern Cal and Oregon State. And where is Kelly’s head right now?
Key matchup: Oregon's speed vs. Kansas State's power. The Ducks play at a pace like few teams in college football and often score quickly with 44 of their 80 TD drives this season coming in two minutes or less, including 22 in 60 seconds or less. The Wildcats are a bit more methodical and will need to use their ball-possession ways to keep the ball away from Oregon's offense.
For its part, K-State has largely kept the Big 12′s explosive quarterbacks in check. And from Landry Jones to Geno Smith, the conference offers possibly the best collection of quarterbacks in the country. However, none of the quarterbacks in the Big 12 offer the dual-threat capabilities of Mariota (sorry, but still not sold on Geno Smith). We know K-State has had a good defense all year, but we simply don’t know how good it will be against this type of scheme with these types of players. Additionally, the conference is not particularly deep with running backs. And the most elite back the Wildcats faced this year, Lance Seastrank of Baylor, absolutely gashed them.
The Wynn sports book opened Oregon as a 7.5-point favorite in early December. It grew to a high point of 9.5 at a couple shops, and numbers still varied from shop to shop as of Wednesday afternoon, when it sat between 8 and 9.
The total opened at 75 at the LVH SuperBook and moved up to 76 over the New Year’s holiday weekend. Oregon averages 50.8 and allows 22.0 points per game. Kansas State averages 40.7 and allows 21.1 points per game.
For a team as well-schooled as Oregon, the Ducks tend to get a little loose with the football. They fumbled the ball 27 times this season, losing 10. You're naturally going to put it on the turf more often when you run an option-based attack and as many plays as Oregon does, but that's still a lot.
Players to watch: Kansas State -- QB Collin Klein. A dual-threat quarterback, he became Kansas State's second Heisman Trophy finalist (with Michael Bishop in 1998) after throwing for 2,490 yards, rushing for 890 more and accounting for 37 TDs. Oregon -- RB Kenjon Barner. A threat to score every time he touches the ball, Barner helped the Ducks overcome the loss of all-time leading rusher LaMichael James, now playing in the NFL. Barner ran for 1,624 yards and 21 TDs, combining with DeAnthony Thomas to give Oregon one of the most explosive running back tandems in college football.