Fiesta Bowl 2012: Oklahoma State, Stanford will have a battle of their own


View Photo Gallery: Oklahoma State fans were giddy at beating Oklahoma. Next stop: the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Neither Oklahoma State nor Stanford is heading to the BCS Championship Game, but the Cowboys-Cardinal matchup in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 may be the second-best postseason college game going.

For openers, Oklahoma State is ranked No. 3 (nipping at Alabama’s heels) and Stanford is No. 4 behind Andrew Luck, the quarterback who is expected to be the top pick in the NFL draft. Luck has led Stanford to an 11-1 record despite the departure of coach Jim Harbaugh for the San Francisco 49ers.

It would seem that Luck and the Cardinal, with the second-highest scoring offense in the college game, would have a field day against Oklahoma State’s 100th-ranked defense. But the Cowboys (11-1) are nothing if not plucky; they beat the Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game and happen to believe that they deserve to be in the championship game. They are the only team with a 4,000-yard passer in Brandon Weeden, 1,000-yard wide receiver in Justin Blackmon and 1,000-yard running back in Joseph Randle.

And if Alabama were to beat LSU in the title game, the picture would be really interesting. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s just ask: Who will win the (Tostitos with a Hint of Lime) Fiesta Bowl?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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