Pacific Life Holiday Bowl: Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Oregon (9-3)
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
For followers of offensive fireworks, this might be one of the most intriguing bowls all season.
Both teams rank among the top eight in total offense and scoring, and among the top seven teams nationally in rushing. Oklahoma State's high-powered attack rang up at least 55 points on five different occasions. And Oregon scored at least 54 points five times this season and scored 120 points in its last two games,
The balanced Cowboys will be making their first trip to San Diego since Mike Gundy led his team there as a quarterback in 1988. Kendall Hunter led the Big 12 in rushing, and playmaking wide receiver Dez Bryant ranked third in receiving yards and third in punt returns.
But a struggling Oklahoma State defense that allowed 134 points in its last three games will be tested by a productive Oregon offense keyed by productive running backs Jeremiah Johnson (219 yards in the season finale against Oregon State) and LeGarrette Blount, who needs only 72 yards to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season. Oklahoma State is very strong in the trenches offensively, but will be supremely test by Oregon defensive end Nick Reed, who ranked second nationally in sacks and tied for fourth in tackles for losses.
This game could hinge on special teams and Oklahoma State might have an edge there with punter Matt Fodge and kick returner Perrish Cox in featured roles.