From the moment I heard of the Oregon-Kansas State matchup in the Fiesta Bowl, I've had one thought: If they play near their best, Ducks win, handily. Meaning, by 20 points or so.

Simply put, Kansas State has a wonderful quarterback in Collin Klein, but I just don't see the 6-5, 225-pound senior being able to exert his influence and make the difference. He's a big guy and tough to bring down on the run, but the Ducks have a lot of speed to get to him and tackle him. And, he's a marginal passer, and it's hard to imagine Klein being able to beat the Ducks downfield.

With speed and standout players on the defense, the Ducks just seem well-equipped to contain Klein. So, I see K-State's hopes, at least offensively, riding on the play of others, and the Ducks have plenty of experience defending skill guys and offenses in the Pac-12 conference.

Defensively, it sounds like the Wildcats have a couple defensive ends and a standout linebacker in Arthur Brown. But does K-State have the horses to stick with the fast and athletic Ducks? Can the Wildcats control the line of scrimmage and wreak havoc with their front seven? I'm thinking not in both cases.

Again, if the Ducks play their best, I see them winning by 20 points or so. If they slip up with poor execution, turnovers, penalties, etc., K-State has a shot. The Wildcats don't make many mistakes, and have a solid all-around team.

I think it'll be the Ducks' day, and then attention turns to coach Chip Kelly, who may or may not jump to the NFL. It'll say much about Kelly's character, if the coach stays and faces the judgment days by the NCAA, in regards to the Willie Lyles recruiting scandal, into which he led the Ducks.

If Kelly takes an NFL job, knowing full well that the Ducks could be facing NCAA penalties that he brought on the university, it'd be interesting to hear the fast-talking New Englander and football brainiac rationalize it.

THE PICK: Oregon 52, Kansas State 31

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