Fiesta Bowl Countdown: Canceled game will be played thanks to BCS

One of the coolest things about bowl games: They give teams a chance to step outside their comfort zone and play opponents they wouldn’t normally schedule.

Such is the case with the Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State and Oregon will meet for the first time at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Ducks are one of the four Pac-12 teams the Wildcats have never played.

That will help make the Fiesta Bowl an enticing game for both sides, especially when you consider how much fuss was made earlier this year about K-State and Oregon cancelling a home-and-home series.

Remember that? Back when it looked like Alabama was going to go undefeated and Oregon was competing with K-State for the second spot in the BCS championship game, the fact that the Wildcats and Ducks weren’t playing was big news. Why should fans have to debate which team is better when they could have simply played?

Oregon fans blamed K-State for cancelling the series, even though the Ducks asked to reschedule the game so they could play LSU. K-State fans said it was a mutual decision, even though Snyder wanted it off the schedule the second he returned as coach. Then both teams lost on the same day, and the topic became moot.

Still, both Oregon coach Chip Kelly and K-State coach Bill Snyder were asked about not going through with the series during the Fiesta Bowl’s first teleconference earlier this month.

Said Kelly: “We were just told we had to find another game. I wasn’t told why.”

Said Snyder: “It just didn’t fit our scheduling philosophy.”
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