Connecticut won the tangled Big East with an 8-4 record, but they are unranked which is a first for a BCS bowl game to have one of their participants not be ranked. Also, Connecticut lost by two touchdowns to 8-4 Temple who did not get invited to a bowl game. While Connecticut does have a less then stellar record they do have the second best rusher in the nation with Jordan Toman who averaged 143 yards per game and had 14 touchdowns. Also, the Connecticut defense stepped up during their five game winning streak that sealed the Big East title.
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops was known as Big Game Bob, but that moniker is no longer valid since he has not won a BCS bowl game since the 2002 Rose Bowl. From then until now the BCS bowl game losing streak has spanned four bowl games. This is the fourth appearance by Oklahoma to the Fiesta Bowl and their last two came as upsets when West Virginia beat them in the 2007 game and the 2006 game was the Boise State game where the infamous hook-and-ladder play.
No surprise that Oklahoma is a favorite 14 point favorite.
Rivals - These four writers go with Oklahoma and nearly every person on the Yahoo Pick'em game as 96 percent go with Oklahoma.
CBS Sports - All four go with Oklahoma and the only intrigue is that Adam Jacobi has a score pf 68-0 for Oklahoma.
USA Today - Another clean sweep with all eight taking Oklahoma.
Fanhouse - Brett McMurphy makes his picks by the spread and takes Oklahoma to cover the two-touchdown favorite.
AccuScore - The computer takes Oklahoma 88 percent of the time and by a score of 36.7 to 17.9 over Connecticut.
ESPN Bloggers - Big 12 blogger David Ubben picks Oklahoma in a blowout, 41-20.
The Fiesta Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (MT) on ESPN at Glendale, Ariz.