The Oregon Ducks and the Kansas State Wildcats are going to square off on the Fiesta Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Fiesta Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Thursday.
Fiesta Bowl Picks: Oregon Ducks vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 8:30 ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Fiesta Bowl Betting Odds: Oregon -8
Oregon vs. Kansas State Live TV: ESPN
The Ducks and Wildcats were both in the driver’s seat just a few weeks ago to play in the BCS National Championship Game. Both of them choked though, losing to the Stanford Cardinal and Baylor Bears respectively within a matter of minutes, and now, both are relegated to the Fiesta Bowl. With rumors of Head Coach Bill Snyder retiring at the end of the game and Head Coach Chip Kelly going to the NFL within the next few days or weeks, there is the real question of motivation on both of these sides. That could make this a very suspect game to try to handicap for sure. Generally speaking, the rule of thumb is that you take the points in this situation, and that’s precisely what we’re going to do.
There’s also the matter of the quarterback situation for both of these teams. QB Marcus Mariota was fantastic this year, but he is still a freshman, and one that played really poorly at the end of the year against the best teams in the land. When you really look back at what Oregon played this year, it only faced one Top 10 foe (Stanford), and the rest of the teams in the Pac-12 more or less tapered out at the end of the campaign. Mariota has some great stats, and he might evolve into a quarterback that can lead a team to the National Championship one day, and he very well could ultimately win this game. However, we really think that we would rather have QB Collin Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist on our side in this one. The senior did everything for his team this year, and even in that loss to Baylor, it was really the defense that cost the team in its one loss this year. Klein went into Norman and pulled off the upset, and he has taken down a number of big time foes in his career. He definitely won’t be afraid in this one.
That’s why we think that Kansas State is the right side in this game. We tend to think that the Cats are winning outright, but if they don’t, we still have a healthy touchdown and more on our side. If Kansas State can figure out how to slow down this rushing attack with RB Kenjon Barner and WR De’Anthony Thomas just a bit, the Cats are going to be in fantastic shape. Remember that Kansas State ranked 17th in the country in rush defense at 119.2 rushing yards per game. That’s more than good enough for us.
Oregon vs. Kansas State Pick: Kansas State Wildcats +8
Fiesta Bowl Score Prediction: Kansas State 31 – Oregon 21