Not long ago, ( November 17th ), the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 and the Oregon Ducks from the Pac-12 were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively and had college football fans around the country in a frenzy to watch that matchup.
Wish no more college football fans. After Sunday’s final BCS standings were released, the 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl extended invitations to No.4 Oregon and No. 5 Kansas State.
Kansas State ( 11-1 / 8-1 ) received the automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl by winning the Big 12 Conference, while Oregon ( 11-1 / 8-1 ) received an at-large bid due in part to its top 5 BCS ranking.
The Ducks are making their 4th consecutive trip to a BCS bowl game which is the longest active streak in college football. In addition to having the longest active streak, Oregon is just one of four programs to qualify for four or more BCS games since the series began.
Kansas State on the other hand is only making its second BCS appearance in school history – a Fiesta Bowl bid in 2004 when the No. 8 Wildcats lost 35-28 to the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Ducks are coming off their lone BCS win which they had last year in the Rose Bowl – a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin. Prior to that, Oregon lost 26-17 to Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl and lost 22-19 to Auburn in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.
The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is scheduled for Thursday January 3rd at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 pm pacific time and will air on ESPN.