Fiesta Bowl Picks & Predictions: Stanford vs. Oklahoma State 1/2/12

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The second BCS bowl game of the year might be the highest scoring of the bunch. The potential is certainly there for the Fiesta Bowl odds to get out of hand on January 2nd, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the Stanford Cardinal in a battle of two of the highest flying offenses in the country.

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Fiesta Bowl Matchup: Stanford Cardinal vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Fiesta Bowl Date/Time: Monday, January 2nd, 8:30 ET
Fiesta Bowl Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Fiesta Bowl Odds: Oklahoma State -3.5
Fiesta Bowl Total: 73.5
Fiesta Bowl TV Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

The argument could have been made that both QB Brandon Weeden and QB Andrew Luck were shafted out of the Heisman Trophy this year. They were both fantastic in their own way this season, while both had their share of adversity and tough games to play on the schedule, but in the end, both proved to collapse at the wrong time with the eyes of the nation watching them, and the Heisman Trophy voters took it out on them that they weren’t able to finish off undefeated seasons.

Weeden at least won the Big XII and ended up here in the Fiesta Bowl for that reason. The last memory that we have of the Pokes this year was when they absolutely obliterated the Oklahoma Sooners in Bedlam, proving that they are a lot more than just a team that can run up and down the field and put a hell of a lot of points on the board. That defense just stymied one of the better offenses in the country of Oklahoma, and if that ‘D’ turns up in the Fiesta Bowl as well, this could become an ugly, ugly game. Weeden threw for 4,328 yards and 34 TDs this year, and when he and WR Justin Blackmon are on the same page, they are impossible to stop. Remember on the ground, that RB Joseph Randle can fly as well, and he didn’t score 25 total TDs this season on accident either. This is a complete OSU team that we would have loved see go up against that vaunted LSU Tigers team in the BCS National Championship Game.

When you really look back at the season that Luck had, you probably won’t be all that impressed. He was picked off three times against the Oregon Ducks in Stanford’s game of the year, and since that point, the team only put 31 on the Cal Golden Bears and 28 on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to end the regular season. All three games were home games. Luck also only finished with 3,185 yards and 35 TDs on the season. They’re good numbers, but they aren’t the numbers that we were really expecting to see at the outset of the campaign when he was the runaway favorite for the Heisman. What we have to remember about Luck though, is that he really has been void of big time wide receivers this year, with WR Chris Owusu battling concussion symptoms, and he has also called all of the shots as well at the line of scrimmage, a la the man that he may be getting ready to replace, QB Peyton Manning in Indianapolis.

In the end, we just don’t know if Stanford has it in it. We found out a few weeks ago that Oklahoma State wasn’t giving up on the season even though it had lost its chances to win the BCS National Championship, and we think that it is in a lot better form and health than the Cardinal are. Take the Cowboys and expect to see them drop at least 40 on a Stanford defense that just couldn’t stop the only two offenses that it saw this year that looked anything like this one.

Free Fiesta Bowl Pick: Oklahoma State -3.5

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