Though Kansas State fans everywhere were angry about the Sugar Bowl’s decision to select Virginia Tech instead of the Wildcats last year, there was one noticeable perk that came with being slighted by the BCS.
K-State got to play Arkansas in a must-see Cotton Bowl matchup.
Both teams were ranked in the top 10 of the BCS standings heading into the game, and both teams won double-digit games in the regular season. Outside of the national championship game, it was one of the most intriguing games of the postseason.
The Fiesta Bowl (Stanford against Oklahoma State) was probably more attractive to a national audience, but not by much. And the Rose Bowl (Oregon vs. Wisconsin) had a tradition/pageantry advantage, but the Cotton Bowl topped everything else. It was hands down better than the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl.
This year, the Wildcats are in the BCS after winning the Big 12, but are once again headed to a must-see bowl game. Oregon vs. K-State in the Fiesta Bowl is arguably the season’s best bowl matchup after the national title game.
If not for one cruel Saturday in November that saw K-State lose to Baylor and Oregon fall to Stanford in the span of a few hours, they would likely be playing for a championship. Instead, the two one-loss teams will meet in the desert in a battle of top 5 teams.