Fiesta Bowl pits 2 of nation's best QBs

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011, file photo, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. One is mature beyond his years, the other a natural leader following a professional baseball career. Two of the best quarterbacks in college football, Stanford's Andrew Luck and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden are two big reasons this year's Fiesta Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 2, figures to be quite a show.

Charlie Neibergall, File, Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Oklahoma State and Stanford will not get a chance to play for a national championship.

They will play in what could be the most exciting bowl of the season: The Fiesta Bowl.

With two of the nation's best teams, explosive offenses and prolific quarterbacks, the third-ranked Cowboys and fourth-ranked Cardinal figure to put on quite a show at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night.

The teams' quarterbacks will take center stage in their final games.

Stanford's Andrew Luck is a two-time runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and the projected No. 1 overall NFL draft pick.

Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden is no slouch, either, a former minor league baseball player who can make all the throws.

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