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Fiesta Bowl Odds

The Baylor Bears have opened as sizable favorites against the UCF Knights on the odds to win the Fiesta Bowl, with that BCS matchup scheduled for University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on New Year's Day.

Here's a complete breakdown of the BCS matchup between the Bears and the Knights for January 1.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

Fiesta Bowl
Wednesday, January 1 @ 8:30pm ET
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Team: Baylor Bears
Conference: Big 12
Records: 11-1 SU, 9-3 ATS, 8-4 OU

Team: UCF Knights
Conference: American Athletic
Records: 11-1 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Baylor -16.5 / ??? Points

[Fiesta Bowl Matchup Stats | Baylor vs. UCF Betting Preview]

Fiesta Bowl Betting Trends: UCF has won and covered three straight bowl games . . . Baylor is 15-3 ATS past 18 games overall and 15-4 ATS past 19 games as double-digit favorites . . . UCF is 5-1 ATS past six games as double-digit dogs.

Baylor emerged out of a crowded field at the top of the Big 12 to win the conference title, going 8-1 against the other Big 12 teams while Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Texas all went 7-2 in the conference. The Bears finished at No. 6 in the final BCS rankings, and have won two games in a row over TCU (41-38) and Texas (30-10) since they suffered their first loss on November 23 against Oklahoma State (49-17). Baylor also topped Oklahoma 41-12.

UCF is in a BCS game for the first time this season thanks to their American Athletic Conference title – they beat Louisville 38-35 back on October 18 for their best victory of the season, while losing only to South Carolina (28-25) in a non-conference matchup. The Knights hold down the No. 15 spot in the final BCS rankings of the season.

Fiesta Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

1995 Fiesta Bowl Florida 24 Nebraska 62 -3.5 NEBR NEBR
1996 Fiesta Bowl Penn State 38 Texas 15 -1 PENNST PENNST
1997 Fiesta Bowl Syracuse 18 Kansas State 35 -4 KAN.ST KAN.ST
1998 Fiesta Bowl Florida State 16 Tennessee 23 5.5 TENN TENN
1999 Fiesta Bowl Tennessee 21 Nebraska 31 -3.5 NEBR NEBR
2000 Fiesta Bowl Notre Dame 9 Oregon State 41 -3 OREGST OREGST
2001 Fiesta Bowl Oregon 38 Colorado 16 -3 OREG OREG
2002 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 31 Miami 24 -12 OHIOST OHIOST
2003 Fiesta Bowl Kansas State 28 Ohio State 35 6.5 OHIOST OHIOST
2004 Fiesta Bowl Pittsburgh 7 Utah 35 -16 UTAH UTAH
2005 Fiesta Bowl Notre Dame 20 Ohio State 34 -4.5 OHIOST OHIOST
2006 Fiesta Bowl Boise State 43 Oklahoma 42 -7 BOISE BOISE
2007 Fiesta Bowl West Virginia 48 Oklahoma 28 -6 WESTV WESTV
2008 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 21 Texas 24 -9.5 OHIOST TEXAS
2009 Fiesta Bowl Boise State 17 TCU 10 -7 BOISE BOISE
2010 Fiesta Bowl Connecticut 20 Oklahoma 48 -16 OKLA OKLA
2011 Fiesta Bowl Stanford 38 Oklahoma State 41 -5 STANFO OKLAST
2012 Fiesta Bowl Oregon 35 Kansas State 17 8 ORE ORE
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The Kansas State Wildcats paid off nicely at 10-2 ATS on the college football odds this season, and they'll get a chance to pad that mark on January 3 as they take on the Oregon Ducks as underdogs at the Fiesta Bowl.

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Fiesta Bowl
Thursday, January 3 @ 8:30pm ET
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Team: Oregon Ducks
Conference: Pacific-12
Records: 11-1 SU, 7-5 ATS, 7-4 OU

Team: Kansas State Wildcats
Conference: Big 12
Records: 11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS, 7-4 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Oregon -8 / 79 Points

[Fiesta Bowl Matchup Stats]

Fiesta Bowl Betting Trends: Underdogs are 5-1 ATS in past six Fiesta Bowls . . . Kansas State is 1-6 ATS in past seven bowl games.

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The Stanford Cardinal won its first bowl game since 1996 in last year’s Orange Bowl, and will be looking to earn the school back-to-back bowl wins for the first time since 1978 in this year’s Fiesta Bowl.

They face a tough challenge in high-scoring Oklahoma State, which is favored. Underdogs however are 4-1 ATS past 5 Fiesta Bowls.

For lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting board at Bovada today.

Fiesta Bowl
Monday, January 2 @ 8:30pm ET
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Conference: Pacific 12
Records: 11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Conference: Big 12
Records: 11-1 SU, 9-3 ATS, 6-5-1 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Oklahoma State -3.5 / 74 Points

[Fiesta Bowl Matchup Stats]

Finishing the season at No. 3 and No. 4 in the BCS standings, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Stanford Cardinal both felt that they had made a case to earn a trip to the BCS National Championship, but instead they’ll play against each other in this year’s highly anticipated Fiesta Bowl.

Stanford went a perfect 9-0 SU and ATS before losing 53-30 to Oregon in November, losing a chance to play in the Pac-12 Championship in the process, and then finished 2-0 SU (1-1 ATS). Oklahoma State was 10-0 SU (7-3 ATS) before losing outright in a complete stunner to Iowa State in overtime as a 27-point favorite.

Oklahoma State bounced back in their next game against Oklahoma with a 44-10 win, but it wasn’t enough to earn them a trip to the Championship Game. Both teams finished in the top five in the nation in total scoring offense. [ Andrew Luck prop bets in the Fiesta Bowl, visit Bovada for the most creative and fun props ]

Stanford’s quarterback Andrew Luck was a Heisman finalist and is projected to be the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Luck passed for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.

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The Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners have been in this position many times before and lost in a BCS bowl game, but this time as 17-point favorites on the Fiesta Bowl odds they will look to close out their first championship in six tries when they face the Connecticut Huskies.

Fiesta Bowl
Saturday, January 1 @ 8:30pm ET
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Records: 11-2 SU, 8-5 ATS, 6-7 OU

Team: Connecticut Huskies
Conference: Big East Conference
Records: 8-4 SU, 7-4 ATS, 4-7 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Oklahoma -17 / 55 Points

[Fiesta Bowl Matchup Stats]

This is the 12th straight bowl appearance for Oklahoma and you can bet there will be plenty of interest in college football betting circles when they face a Connecticut team that is not nearly as deep or as rich in tradition.

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Oklahoma ranks fourth among FBS teams in passing with 336.8 yards per game, and collects nearly 480 yards per game, which is good enough for 13th in total offense. The Sooners also put up an average of 36.4 points per game and that could be what tips the Fiestra Bowl odds in favor of an Oklahoma win and cover.

The Sooners are strong at the pivotal quarterback position with Landry Jones throwing for 4,289 yards with 35 touchdowns, and receiver Ryan Broyles had his second-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. He finishes his career as the school leader in receptions and touchdowns.

If the Connecticut Huskies are to pull off this historical upset, it will need 1,000-yard rusher Jordan Todman to have the game of his life and for the defense to shut down all the holes.

Todman ran for 1,574 yards and 14 touchdowns, which earned him the Big East offensive player of the year award. Quarterback Zach Frazer only topped 200 yards once this season and completed just over fifty-percent of his passes with only five TDs.

Frazer will need to manage the clock on offense, and the running game must be the center of their gameplan if they expect to have any chance at upsetting Oklahoma in the game of their lives.