January 3, 2013 in Sports

Oregon, K-State heat up in desert

John Marshall Associated Press

Fiesta Bowl

Kansas St. vs. Oregon

Records: Kansas State (11-1); Oregon (11-1)

Stars: 5 (out of 5)

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Today: 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Oregon by 8 1/2

Briefly: Winner of this semifinal goes to the national title game, right? K-State has lost four straight bowl games.

Swag: Gift suite, Fossil watch, Ogio Mercur backpack.

Kansas City Star

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Kansas State and Oregon were in perfect position at the start of Nov. 17, Nos. 1 and 2 in the BCS standings, seemingly on a crash course toward the national championship game.

By day’s end, the Wildcats had been run over by Baylor, the Ducks lost a heartbreaker to Stanford and both of their national title hopes faded.

Disappointing? Certainly. Every team goes into the season hoping to play for a national championship and to have it snatched away so late in the season is unquestionably a letdown.

Unlike many teams in college football, Kansas State and Oregon ended up with a nice consolation prize: A trip to the Valley of the Sun to face each in the Fiesta Bowl.

“This game could have been for the national championship,” Oregon linebacker Boseko Lokombo said. “A couple weeks ago, that’s where we were both headed.”

This is one of the most anticipated games this bowl season.

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