Kenjon Barner with a solid profile pose before the end of the regular season finale. (Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE)

BCS Rankings Reaction: Oregon Ducks to Play in Fiesta Bowl

The official rankings aren’t even released yet but there isn’t much mystery after teams solidified their postseason positions. With Oregon not receiving any help, they will likely be the top BCS at-large selection and will play the winner of the Big 12 conference in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 3rd.

Stanford surprisingly dominated against UCLA and put them away in the third quarter and never let up, 35-17. Lane Kiffin has some coaching mistakes that led to Notre Dame holding on to a 22-13 victory. That means Stanford hosts a rematch with UCLA in the Pac-12 championship and the Irish will play the winner of the SEC championship.

Both the Pac-12 and Big Ten winner will meet in the Rose Bowl. It’s a bit weird seeing either the Cardinal or Bruins go to Pasadena while Oregon sits with just one loss, but that’s the “beauty” of college football. Anticipating a matchup with someone like Oklahoma or Kansas State should still make the Fiesta Bowl intriguing for Ducks fans.

The Sugar Bowl will likely take the Big 12 runner-up against Florida, who will rank higher than both LSU and the SEC runner-up. The Orange Bowl has the last at-large pick with the ACC champion, so expect the Big East champion to land here.

If the Ducks do indeed play in Glendale, Arizona, kickoff would be Thursday, January 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. PT. The game would be televised by ESPN, who will air all the BCS games this postseason.

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