Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, left, and Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder pose for photographers with the Fiesta Bowl champions trophy Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oregon and Kansas state will face off Thursday in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Associated Press
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein answers questions during media day for the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kansas State is scheduled to play Oregon on Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)The Associated Press
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly address the media, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oregon will face Kansas State Thursday in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Associated Press
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Kansas State and Oregon lost on the same day in November, all but ending their national championship hopes.
The Wildcats and Ducks ended up with a nice consolation prize: Facing each other in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night.
No. 5 Oregon (11-1) is in its fourth straight BCS bowl, has fast and talented players, and one of the most dynamic offensive backfields in college football.
No. 7 Kansas State (11-1) doesn't play quite as quickly as Oregon, but meticulously grinds out yards and points. The Wildcats also have one of the nation's best players in quarterback Collin Klein, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in his final season in the Little Apple.
It won't be for a national title, but this Fiesta Bowl should be fun to watch.