Stats & Info: Fiesta Bowl

BCS bowl games at a glance

December, 8, 2013
The final BCS standings were released Sunday along with matchups for all of the remaining bowl games. Here are some tidbits to prepare you for the five BCS games.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio
4 Michigan State Spartans vs 5 Stanford Cardinal
January 1, 2014, at 5 ET on ESPN

Michigan State: First Rose Bowl appearance since the 1987 season and its first appearance in a BCS bowl. The Spartans have reached a bowl game in all seven seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio after making no bowl appearances from 2004-06.

Stanford: Second consecutive appearance in the Rose Bowl (def. Wisconsin 20-14 last season). The Cardinal are making back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances for the first time since 1970-71. Stanford has reached a BCS bowl in four straight seasons after making just one from 1998-2009.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
15 UCF Knights vs 6 Baylor Bears
January 1, 2014, at 8:30 ET on ESPN

UCF: First BCS bowl berth in school history. Won 11 games this season, tied for the most in school history (also won 11 in 2010).

Baylor: Like their opponents in the Fiesta Bowl, the Bears receive their first BCS bowl berth in school history. Baylor looks to extend a school-record 11 wins this season to 12 in this game.

Allstate Sugar Bowl
11 Oklahoma Sooners vs 3 Alabama Crimson Tide
January 2, 2014, at 8:30 ET on ESPN

Oklahoma: Ninth BCS bowl appearance, second-most all-time. The Sooners are 3-5 in BCS bowl games, snapping a five-game losing streak with a win in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl vs Connecticut.

Alabama: Third straight BCS bowl appearance and fifth in the last seven seasons under Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide will make their first Sugar Bowl appearance since the 2008 season (lost to Utah in that game).

Discover Orange Bowl
12 Clemson Tigers vs 7 Ohio State Buckeyes
January 3, 2014, at 8:30 ET on ESPN

Clemson: First BCS bowl appearance since 2011, when the Tigers played in the Orange Bowl. Those two games mark the only BCS bowls in school history. Speaking of history for the Tigers, they will make a school-record ninth straight appearance in a bowl game.

Ohio State: Tenth BCS bowl appearance, most all-time. The Buckeyes will make their first Orange Bowl appearance since the 1976 season against Colorado. Their last BCS appearance came in a 2011 Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas.

Vizio BCS National Championship Game
1 Florida State Seminoles vs 2 Auburn Tigers
January 6, 2014, at 8:30 ET on ESPN

Florida State: After beating Northern Illinois in last year’s Orange Bowl, the Seminoles return to a BCS bowl game. It marks their first back-to-back BCS bowl appearances since 2002-03. This will be their first BCS Championship Game appearance since 2000 and fourth overall.

Auburn: Second BCS Championship Game appearance, first since winning the national title over Oregon in the 2010 season. This marks the third BCS bowl appearance for the Tigers, who are unbeaten in such games thus far.

10 Fiesta Bowl stats you need to know

January, 2, 2013
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl matches two of the top offenses in the nation in Oregon and Kansas State. While both teams are ranked in the top 10 in scoring offense, their respective styles of play could not be more different.

Oregon runs a quick-strike offense that is built off of speed and big plays. Kansas State’s scoring is more methodical and a result of overall team efficiency and discipline.

Kansas State’s Team Efficiency/Discipline

1. Kansas State averages 10.1 fewer points per game than Oregon this season, but that does not mean its offense is any less efficient. Kansas State scored a touchdown on 40 percent of its offensive drives and is averaging 3.5 points per drive, tied with Oregon for the second-most in FBS.

2. Kansas State’s average drive starts at its own 41; their opponents at their own 27. The Wildcats’ plus-14 field-position differential is 4 yards better than any other FBS school.

3. The Wildcats are tied with Kent State for the best turnover margin (plus-21) in FBS this season. They had not allowed a point off of a turnover until Week 11 against TCU.

4. Kansas State is committing 3.5 penalties per game, second-fewest in FBS.

5. Oregon leads the nation in first-half scoring margin, but Kansas State has been the best second-half team in the nation (plus-12.8) largely because of its ability to force turnovers. The Wildcats have forced 16 turnovers in the second half that have led to an FBS-best 98 points off turnovers.

Oregon’s Speed/Scoring

1. Oregon is averaging one point every 32.9 seconds of possession, twice the rate of the average FBS team (65.8 seconds per point).

2. The Ducks are averaging a touchdown every 11.8 plays this season, the best rate in FBS. Kansas State is third in the nation, averaging 12.8 plays per touchdown.

3. Oregon leads the FBS in offensive touchdown drives that lasted one minute or less (22) and two minutes or less (44) this season. The Ducks are averaging 2 minutes, 7 seconds per touchdown drive and are in the top three of FBS in points per game for the third straight year.

4. Oregon averages more points in the first half (31.3) than 72 FBS teams average in a game. The Ducks’ average halftime lead is 22.3 points, and the only time that they trailed after halftime was after the last play of overtime in their loss to Stanford.

The Oregon Duck mascot does push-ups every time Oregon scores, with the number of push-ups equaling the number of points Oregon has at that point in the game. The Duck has done 2,735 pushups this season and is averaging over 225 push-ups per game. With four scores on Thursday, the Duck will probably exceed its previous high of 2,790 push-ups done in 2010.

BCS snapshot: First glimpse at matchups

December, 2, 2012
The final BCS standings were released Sunday along with matchups for the five BCS bowls. With four weeks left until the Rose Bowl on January 1, here are some nuggets on each of the games to whet your appetite.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio
Wisconsin Badgers vs. 6 Stanford Cardinal

January 1, 5 PM ET on ESPN

Wisconsin: First Big Ten team to reach Rose Bowl in three straight seasons since Michigan did so from 1976 to 1978. Wisconsin has lost each of its last two Rose Bowl appearances (those Michigan teams lost all three). The Badgers' last Rose Bowl win was in the 1999 season against Stanford.

Stanford: First Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl berth since 1999 season. Stanford's last Rose Bowl win was a 13-12 victory over Michigan on January 1, 1972-- 40 years to the day of this game.

Discover Orange Bowl
15 Northern Illinois Huskies vs. 12 Florida State Seminoles

January 1, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Northern Illinois: First BCS bowl berth in school history; First non-AQ team to reach a BCS bowl without being undefeated.

Florida State: Extends longest current bowl-berth streak with 31st straight bowl berth; First BCS bowl berth since 2005 season. The Seminoles have lost their last three Orange Bowl appearances (2000, 2003, 2005 seasons), last winning 31-26 over Notre Dame on January 1, 1996.

Allstate Sugar Bowl
21 Louisville Cardinals vs. 4 Florida Gators

January 2, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Louisville: Third straight bowl berth, second BCS bowl berth (first since 2006).

Florida: 22nd straight bowl berth, seventh BCS bowl berth (first since 2009). The 22 straight is the second-longest current streak, trailing only Florida State. The Gators last Sugar Bowl appearance was a 51-24 win over Cincinnati in the 2009 season.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
4 Oregon Ducks vs. 5 Kansas State Wildcats

January 3, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Oregon: Eighth straight bowl berth and fourth straight BCS bowl berth (all four coming under Chip Kelly). Oregon won its previous Fiesta Bowl appearance, in the 2001 season against Colorado.

Kansas State: First BCS bowl berth since the 2003 season. This is Kansas State's third Fiesta Bowl appearance, having won in 1997 against Syracuse and lost in the 2003 season to Ohio State.

Discover BCS National Championship
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

January 7, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Notre Dame: First BCS title-game berth; seeking first national championship since 1988

Alabama: Seeking to become first school to win three national championships in four-year span since Nebraska (1994-1995, 1997)