Fiesta Bowl preview — Key players and matchups for Oregon-Iowa State

It’s been 20 years since the state of Iowa won its 25th consecutive victory. He was in the top 25. The fact that the Cyclones finished in 25th place in 2000 is one of two performances in the history of the program where the Cyclones finished as the highest ranked team, the second was the 19th in 1976.

With this in mind, the last game of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on 2. January (4pm ET on ESPN/ESPN App) against the state of Oregon will almost certainly be the best Iowa state team (8-3) in history.

However, it is legitimate to ask whether one of the teams should have received an invitation at the beginning.

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The state of Iowa, which was in 10th place in the school soccer play-offs, was chosen sixth on New Year’s Day for a coastal Carolina team with a more dignified resume. The Blackhawks ended the year undefeated (11-0) as fellow champions of the Sunbelt and scored an away game against Louisiana. This game is remarkable, as it was Louisiana’s only loss this season, while earlier in the season the Ragin’ Cajuns had won by 17 votes in the state of Iowa.

Even with this unjustified omission of the commission, the Cyclones win a better place than no. 25 Oregon (4-2), who won an automatic bid from Pac-12 by winning the title game of the conference in which he participated only because Washington was unavailable due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This is what happened on the 2nd. January in Glendale, Arizona:

The protagonist in the state of Iowa: RB Brees Hall. In his second year, the Hall was named a finalist for the Walker Doak Award, given to the nation’s best backcountry agent after leading the nation by 1,436 yards. He’s one of only 12 players to break through the 1,000 yard barrier nationally, and his 19 quick touchdowns are second only to Alabama’s Najee Harris (24). Oregon’s fast defense allowed 4.21 yards per carry, putting them in 30th place of the Power 5’s 55 teams.

Fault! The file name is not specified. Hall (28) led this season with 1,436 meters. Tim Heitman-USA Sports Today

A major player for Oregon: From Kayvon Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux is one of the top two of the Ducks’ All-Pac-12 team and one of the most dangerous passers-by in the country. He led the team in both pockets (3) and tackled the defeat (7,5). This is the kind of talent that deserves special attention from Iowa State because of the game plan. Since he became one of the most coveted defensive players in the country, Thibodeau has not lost his reputation.

Game to watch: With the Hall attracting so much attention, the Ducks can rely more on individual high school games than they would otherwise do. This chance makes the game between Oregon cornerback Mikael Wright, another Ducks first-team player, and Iowa State receiver Xavier Hutchinson (60 strikes, 726 yards) interesting. The Cyclones also have a dangerous piece of Charlie Kolar (39 pieces, 538 yards) that can cause them a lot of problems.

National College Football Championship presented by AT&T
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
11. January: 20:00 PM ET on ESPN

University Football Semi-Final at the Rose Bowl
AT&T Stage (Arlington, Texas)
January 1: 16:00 ET on ESPN and the ESPN application.

School soccer play-offs semi-finals in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans) 1. January: 1:08 20:00. AND about ESPN and the ESPN application.

X factor : The unknown element of this game that is (hopefully) unique for this season is that Iowa State enters the game after playing 11 games and collecting the bumps and bruises that come with playing the whole season. Oregon has only played seven games and should theoretically be a fresher team. Is that an advantage for Oregon? Maybe. Does the condition of Iowa have an advantage because it coaches and plays longer? Maybe it is.

Motivation factor : The question is whether the usual motivation factors apply this year, given that the whole season has been different, but one thing is clear: The air is thin for the state of Iowa. Oklahoma’s defeat in the Big 12 title game may have been a distraction, but the possibility of coming back with a victory on New Year’s Day and ending the season in the top ten will have prepared the Cyclones. For the Ducks this field has been ploughed in the past, and as defending Rose Bowl champions this kind of game is an expectation.

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