Fiesta Bowl Pregame Predictions

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The time has finally come for the No. 7 Sooners to take on the Connecticut Huskies in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, so now it's time for a prediction of how this one will actually turn out and why.

The concerns: OU arrives in Glendale as the heaviest favorite in Bowl Championship Series history, a 17-point favorite over the Huskies. People may believe there's nothing to get up for, playing an opponent that started only 3-4 in their first seven contests. It's not an incredibly attractive matchup, featuring perhaps the most historic program ever against one that's only been Division I-A for just more than a decade.

The promise: The Sooners expect to win and have both a talent and physicality advantage over UConn. They are tired of hearing about losing five straight BCS games and are ready to get the monkey off their back. In bowl preparation, OU has only lost one player, and that was running back Roy Finch to a reoccurring injury from earlier in the season. So, they're healthy and guys have taken care of business both on and off the practice field in their month of preparation.

My prediction: OU takes control of this game early with fluid play on both sides of the ball. The Sooners take a comfortable halftime lead and maintain it throughout, but it never gets completely out of hand. Behind running back Jordan Todman, the Huskies keep things near the spread, but OU finally snaps the BCS streak that dates back to 2004, winning 38-17.

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