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Quick Fiesta Bowl Predictions

So after TCU validated themselves and cemented their perfect season (and, in all likelihood, a #2 overall national finish), we get our second BCS game of this bowl season, and it's being labeled the biggest mismatch in BCS history.

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The Oklahoma Sooners (11-2 overall, 6-2 in the Big 12) will be taking on the Connecticut Huskies (8-4, 5-2 in the Big East). The Huskies have the "distinction" of winning what might have been the worst BCS Conference since the BCS began, as the Big East this season was terrible from top to bottom. But, they have their BCS spot, and now they have to face a dynamic Oklahoma offense led by quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Ryan Broyles (whose 118 catches put him second in the FBS in that category) and running back DeMarco Murray.

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The Huskies have their own dynamic running back in Jordan Todman, but the Huskies' hopes today are more than likely going to ride on the shoulders of quarterback Zach Frazer, because I would fully expect the Sooners to load up to stop Todman and make Frazer beat them.

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This is Oklahoma's third trip in five years to the Fiesta Bowl, and the last couple of times haven't gone so well, as they lost a legendary battle to Boise State in Adrian Peterson's last college game, and followed that up by getting thumped by a West Virginia team that they should have beaten the next season.

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Even though this is a BCS game, based on past precedent, it's natural to wonder about Oklahoma's focus in this one. They may be under the impression that playing an opponent like Connecticut is beneath them. Oklahoma is clearly the superior team from a physical standpoint, but they've been in this situation before, and have come up short. I think the Sooners win this one, but it's not going to be quite the slaughter that so many are expecting.

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SB Nation Minnesota prediction: Oklahoma 38, Connecticut 27

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SB Nation Minnesota record thus far: 13-10

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.