Meanwhile, Arizona, which enjoyed its third straight winning season, and seventh in the last 17 seasons, will be making its first appearance in a major bowl since 1993, also at the Fiesta Bowl. The Wildcats, 10-3 on the season, are one of only three teams in the nation to defeat one of this year's playoff teams, with a 31-24 victory over #2 Oregon in Eugene. Beating the Ducks on their home turf is not an easily accomplishment--in fact, Arizona, Boise State, Stanford, and USC are the only teams to do it in the last seven years.
Arizona won the PAC-12 South Division, but then were clobbered by Oregon 51-13 in the championship game.
The Fiesta Bowl teams have one common opponent--Nevada, and both Boise State and Arizona won narrow games over the Wolf Pack. Arizona topped Nevada 35-28 in September, and Boise State beat them 51-46 two weeks later. The Wildcats also lost to UCLA and USC, and own impressive wins over #15 Arizona State and #22 Utah.
Kickoff for the 2014 Fiesta Bowl is set for 2 p.m. Mountain time on New Year's Eve.