The Consolation Bowl… By some measures, Oregon and Kansas State were the two best teams in the country. Late losses cost both a chance to play for the BCS Title. With a proper selection process, this might have been the other play-in game for a four-team playoff. With the likely selection process, Kansas State, winner of the nation’s toughest conference in 2012, would not even make the final round of voting, because athletic directors think other teams “could beat em.”
Distractions… NFL teams are hot for Chip Kelly. He will, reportedly, interview with the Eagles, the Browns and the Bills. It seems another coach, likely offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, may be christening Oregon’s new football facility, which does not have a hot tub screening room. Can’t wait for some unsuspecting NFL hack to ask him about time of possession.
Recreational Prediction: Kansas State [+7.5] I don’t have a firm read on this game, but handling an up tempo spread offense is what Kansas State does all season. Whether it’s the time off affecting rhythm or the other team having extra time to prepare, good teams tend to have success against Oregon coming off an extended absence.
Oregon Cheerleaders… Dancing with Jenn Brown
The K-State Mask Guy… being himself.