In a game that will most likely determine who finishes #2 in the AP poll we will see the Stanford and Oklahoma State square off in this year's Fiesta Bowl. The game is scheduled for a start time of 8:30 pm and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Currently the odds have Oklahoma State favored by 4 points while the total is sitting at 74 points. In a consolation title game of sorts, the two next-best contenders for the BCS title -- and two of the top five scoring offenses in the nation -- will square off.
Free Analysis: David Shaw's first season with the Cardinal was a highly successful campaign, as Stanford finished the year at 11-1. Unfortunately for Shaw, his first season at the helm is likely All-American quarterback Andrew Luck's last with the team, as Luck is set to move on to the NFL. A Heisman finalist for the second straight season, Luck completed 70.0 percent of his throws, for 3,170 yards and 35 TDs and he helped Stanford to the 24th ranked passing offense (274.2 ypg). Wideout Griff Whalen led the team in receptions this season with 49, for 664 yards and four TDs andreally stepped up when Chris Owusu went down with injury. With Luck at the helm, the Stanford ground game often times didn't get the attention it deserved from the opposition, despite rumbling for 207.9 yards per game. The Running game was led by Stepfan Taylor, who rumbled for 1,153 yards and eight TDs this season. The Stanford defense has been very stout vs the run this year as they have allowed just 90 ypg on the ground, but the problem for them in this game is a pass defense that ranks 80th in the nation, allowing 241.1 ypg. That is a big problem vs Brandon Weedon and company. Not many teams have the firepower to match Stanford on the scoreboard, but Oklahoma State is definitely one of those few squads that can. The Cowboys finished second nationally in scoring (49.3 ppg) and passing (386.3 ypg) and third in total offense (557.0 ypg).The offense was chock-full superstar skill plays at almost every position. Quarterback Brandon Weeden was super after throwing for 4,328 yards and 34 TDs this season. It certainly didn't hurt to have a pair of All-Big 12 First-Team members along the offensive line and former Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon on the outside. Blackmon had another huge season at the wideout position, grabbing 113 passes, for 1,336 yards and 15 TDs. Despite the ground game playing second fiddle in Stillwater, tailback Joseph Randle is a special talent. He picked up second-team honors this year after rushing for 1,193 yards and a whopping 23 TDs. The OSU defense was a few steps behind the offense in terms of production this year and was downright awful at times. The team finished 107th in the nation in total defense (445.7 ypg) and struggled against both the run (84th in the nation at 180.1 ypg) and the pass (102nd in the nation at 265.6 ypg). Still, this unit was able to force 41 turnovers, with 23 INTs and 19 fumble recoveries. OSU is playing in a bowl game for a school-record sixth straight season. The Cowboys are 13-8 all-time in postseason action. Oklahoma State's only prior visit to the Fiesta Bowl resulted in a 16-6 win over BYU in 1974. This is the first ever meeting between the teams.
Free Pick: Believe it or not but i will look at the Under in this one. All season long the Cowboy defense has been ridiculed and for good reason as they were one of the worse for much of the year, but down the stretch vs Texas Tech and Oklahoma they did allowed just 16 total points. This is a defense that is playing with a chip on its shoulder and with the extra prep time they have a decent showing vs this Stanford offense. The Cardinal are going to find out quickly that they do not want to get in a shootout with the Cowboys. They tried it with Oregon and it got ugly. As a result the Cardinal will look to run the ball a bit more to control the clock and keep the powerful Cowboys offense on the sidelines. Stanford on defense does have problems vs the pass, but that is a bit misleading as teams have found themselves needing to pass to play catchup with the Cardinal. Overall Stanford is 25th in total defense and 23rd in scoring, so they do have the ability to slow this team down enough to make this a lowed scoring game than one would expect. Stanford's good defesn e and ball control offense will keep this game in the 60's.