Oklahoma State and Stanford will meet for the first time this evening when they square off in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Tonight’s much anticipated BCS showdown is scheduled for an 8:30pm ET kickoff at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; it will be broadcast live on ESPN. College football odds makers have installed the No. 3 Cowboys as a -4 against the spread favorite. Before making your 2012 College Bowl Picks on tonight’s game get the latest Stanford vs Oklahoma State Spread available now.
Oklahoma State garnered a lot of attention in the preseason as a team with tremendous potential, but the Cowboys were still viewed as inferior to in-state and conference rival Oklahoma. Mike Gundy’s squad proved otherwise, though, as they took the Big 12, including the Sooners, by storm.
The Pokes assaulted their opposition with a hurry up, spread attack that posted points with the kind of speed and frequency seldom seen even in this era of pass happy, prolific offenses. OSU finished the season ranked ranked second in the nation in scoring, averaging 49.3 points per game, which helped it procure an 11-1 record and its first Big 12 title.
Oklahoma State features a plethora of offensive weapons, but three players, in particular, stand out. Quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide out Justin Blackmon, and running back Joseph Randle present the kind of problems that few teams, if any, can solve. Weeden, a former minor league baseball player, completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 4,328 yards, and 34 touchdowns while Blackmon caught 113 passes for 1,336 yards and 15 touchdowns. Randle racked up 1,198 yards and 23 touchdowns on 198 carries.
As scary as that trio is, Stanford has some star power of its own in Heisman finalist Andrew Luck. Luck, who many suspect will be the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, lead the Cardinal to an 11-1 record and its second consecutive BCS bowl. The Houston native threw for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns but finished short of Baylor’s Robert Griffin III in Heisman voting.
Luck, who guided Stanford to a huge 40-12 win over Virginia Tech in last year’s Orange Bowl, will attempt to lead the school to its first back-to-back bowl victories since the late 1970′s. It is safe to say the task will be difficult with Oklahoma State on the opposing sidelines. The Cowboys’ offense most resembles the Cardinal’s arch nemesis over the past two years, Oregon.
Stanford has only lost two games the last two seasons and both of those came against the Ducks. Oregon posted 105 points, 49 first downs, and 1013 total yards in the two wins. The Cowboys are just as prolific, which means Luck and company had better find the end-zone early and often tonight.
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Stanford vs Oklahoma State 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Spreads: Provided by BetOnline.com
Stanford Cardinal +4 (-110), Over 74.5 (-110), +165 (Moneyline)
Oklahoma State Cowboys -4 (-110), Under 74.5 (-110), -185 (Moneyline)