Fiesta Bowl Next For Pac-12 Champs
The freshly crowned Pac-12 champion Oregon football team will face Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, it was announced Sunday.
The Ducks (4-2) beat Southern California on Friday to win the Pac-12 title for the second year in a row. They will participate in the Fiesta Bowl for the third time, and take a 2-0 record into this season's game after wins over Colorado in 2002 and Kansas State in 2013.
"Certainly it's a tremendous honor to be here, to represent our conference in the Fiesta Bowl," UO coach Mario Cristobal said Sunday afternoon during a virtual press conference. "Proud of our guys after a really hard-fought game Friday night. To go out and earn a Pac-12 title for the second consecutive year is something we don't take for granted."
The Fiesta Bowl will be televised by ESPN at 1 p.m. PT on Jan. 2 from Glendale, Ariz. Due to ongoing health and safety considerations, tickets will not be available for the general public.
Oregon's players were given the weekend off to recover from Friday's win at USC. Fiesta Bowl preparations will begin Monday, Cristobal said.
"This opportunity means the world to us; our guys are extremely fired up," said Cristobal, who called Iowa State "an excellent, talented, well-coached football team that schematically does more than a couple things that are very different from what we've seen. We certainly have a lot of preparation to get to."
Oregon has never faced Iowa State (8-3), which lost Saturday to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game. This will be the Cyclones' first major bowl appearance.
"From our standpoint, this has been a really special season for our program, as we continued to grow over the last couple years," Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. "... I know we'll be really excited about this opportunity."