The 2014 NCAA football live stream and televised bowl games conclude on Wednesday, Jan. 1 with the Fiesta Bowl 2014 edition. This game will feature two teams previously looking towards undefeated seasons, but both ended up with one loss tarnishing their campaigns. It will be No.15 UCF visiting No.6 Baylor in a battle of 11-1 teams in search of that last win to close out the season. The latest of the televised and live stream NCAA football bowl games on the schedule comes to fans from ESPN.
An ESPN.com report from Jan. 1 indicates that this game could provide the best quarterback matchup of all the bowl games. For the Baylor team, they'll have Bryce Petty, while Central Florida is led by Blake Bortles. There's been talk that this coald very well be the last game in college football for Bortles, who is rumored to be contemplating a jump to the NFL after this season. A huge upset win would certainly put his name into discussions by NFL teams even more.
Bortles ranked ninth in the nation in terms of his passing efficiency, according to AZ Central. He completed 68.1% of his passes for 3,280 yards and 22 touchdowns this past season, while throwing only 7 interceptions. He was also awarded American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year due to his outstanding season. Of course, he doesn't quite match up to the numbers that Bryce Petty of Baylor has put up, but Bears' coach Art Briles had nothing been praise for the opposing QB, telling the media:
"Yeah, he’s really good. The thing that I was watching that night, I thought, ‘This guy is different.’ You can see it in people. You can feel it in people. It came through the TV to me. He’s a winner."
As for Bryce Petty, the junior quarterback for Baylor had 3,644 yards and 30 touchdowns on 220-for-356 completed passes this past season. One of his favorite targets on the field was Antwan Goodley who hauled in 67 receptions for 1,319 yards and 13 touchdowns. Baylor's potent offense was bolstered by Lache Seastrunk on the ground who had 141 carries for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns. All of that helped Baylor rank first in the nation in offense, scoring 53.3 points per game, behind the fifth-best passing and 11th-best rushing stats averaged per game in the nation.
While there are two respectable quarterbacks on the field tonight, many fans and analysts (outside of UCF), believe tonight's game will be a lopsided affair in favor of Baylor. Odds makers have had Baylor as 17 or 17 1/2-point favorites since the line first opened ahead of this game. The over/under is also set quite high due to Baylor's high-scoring offense. Wagers will be made on whether or not this game will top 73 points, after lines first opened at 69 1/2 points. Weather at University of Phoenix Stadium shouldn't be a factor due to the dome. As for injuries, the most noteworthy is wide receiver Tevin Reese listed as "probable" for Baylor tonight.
Wednesday night's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has a scheduled start time of 8:30 p.m. EST. This game will be televised on ESPN in standard and hi-definition formats for TV viewers to enjoy. There's also live streaming online coverage available through the WatchESPN broadband sports network, also starting at 8:30 p.m. EST. This service is only available to select cable and satellite companies' customers, so check here for availability in specific regions or based on providers.