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The Central Florida Knights have not lost a game in two seasons and have easily emerged as the top Group of Five program in the country after winning the American Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season. After Josh Heupel replaced Scott Frost as head coach, the Knights surprised all without skipping a beat. Heupel was rewarded with a contract extension after his banner rookie season. The LSU Tigers exceeded expectations and can finish with a ten-win season for the first time since 2013. Head coach Ed Orgeron has won over a lot of fans after facing insults and skepticism when he took the job in 2017.

2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at a Glance

Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Venue: State Farm Stadium

Location: Glendale, Arizona

Teams: LSU Tigers vs. UCF Knights


The LSU Tigers finished 9-3 and tied for second place with Texas A&M in the West Division of the SEC. As usual dating back to when Les Miles was head coach the Tigers struggled on offense and ranked 46th in the nation for scoring. Defensively LSU remained its usual strong self and finished 22nd for points allowed. Ohio State transfer quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 2500 yards with 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Orgeron has defied his critics and improved the team from the Miles years.

Central Florida is 12-0 after winning the AAC championship game over Memphis 56-41 in a stirring 17-point comeback with backup quarterback Darriel Mack throwing for 348 yards and two touchdowns. The devastating loss of star quarterback McKenzie Milton was feared to have ruined the Knights chances to win the title but the team rallied around Mack for a great finish. Mack will start this game and now has the confidence of his team and coaches. Central Florida ranked third in the nation for total offense and 25th for points allowed on defense.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Betting News

An important part of the college football playoff debate will be featured this Bowl Week with the Central Florida Knights. For the second year in a row this Group of Five power was on the outside looking in when it came to the playoff. As a consolation prize the Knights will get a New Year’s Day bowl bid as they did last year. One year ago, Central Florida upset Auburn 34-27 in the Peach Bowl to earn a considerable amount of credibility and respect. This year the Knights will get their shot against the LSU Tigers, one of the most talented teams from the Southeastern Conference. With a Fiesta Bowl win head coach Ed Orgeron’s Bayou Bengals can achieve their first ten-win season since 2013. More

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Format

The Fiesta Bowl came about after the champion of the Western Athletic Conference failed to receive a bowl invitation in both 1968 and 1969. In 1970 Arizona State went undefeated and felt slighted by not getting invited to a “major” bowl game. Instead, the Sun Devils accepted an invitation to the Peach Bowl, capping their 11-0 season with a victory over North Carolina.

The WAC champion received a berth in the Fiesta Bowl starting with the 1971 season and ASU made the most of it by winning the first three games and four of the first five. In 1978, both Arizona and Arizona State left for the Pac-10, taking the game with them and leaving the WAC without a connection to the Fiesta Bowl.

With no conference tie-ins, the bowl continued to draw high-profile programs. The 1986 season game attracted No. 1 Miami against No. 2 Penn State in what was essentially the national championship game. Both schools were independents at the time and chose to meet in the desert. In 1998 the bowl became part of the BCS and hosted two national championship games. The bowl became one of the New Year’s Six games under the new CFP format and will host a national semifinal in the 2019 season game.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Game Results

2017 Penn State Washington
2016 Clemson Ohio State
2015 Ohio State Notre Dame
2014 Boise State Arizona
2013 UCF Baylor
2012 Oregon Kansas State
2011 Oklahoma State Stanford (OT)
2010 Oklahoma Connecticut
2009 Boise State TCU
2008 Texas Ohio State
2007 West Virginia Oklahoma
2006 Boise State Oklahoma (OT)
2005 Ohio State Notre Dame
2004 Utah Pittsburgh
2003 Ohio State Kansas State
2002 Ohio State Miami, Fla. (OT)
2001 Oregon Colorado
2000 Oregon State Notre Dame
1999 Nebraska Tennessee
1998 Tennessee Florida State
1997 Kansas State Syracuse
1996 Penn State Texas
1995 Nebraska Florida
1994 Colorado Notre Dame
1993 Arizona Miami, Fla.
1992 Syracuse Colorado
1991 Penn State Tennessee
1990 Louisville Alabama
1989 Florida State Nebraska
1988 Notre Dame West Virginia
1987 Florida State Nebraska
1986 Penn State Miami, Fla.
1985 Michigan Nebraska
1984 UCLA Miami, Fla.
1983 Ohio State Pittsburgh
1982 Arizona State Oklahoma
1981 Penn State USC
1980 Penn State Ohio State
1979 Pittsburgh Arizona
*1978 Arkansas/UCLA UCLA/Arkansas
1977 Penn State Arizona State
1976 Oklahoma Wyoming
1975 Arizona State Nebraska
1974 Oklahoma State BYU
1973 Arizona State Pittsburgh
1972 Arizona State Missouri
1971 Arizona State Florida State

*1978 Fiesta Bowl ended in tie

The Fiesta Bowl experienced a quick rise to major bowl status due in part to its destination and because there were no conference affiliations after the WAC was released in the late 1970s. This allowed the game to invite a number of high profile independent programs and teams that failed to win a conference championship.

A stretch of five consecutive years to close out the decade of the 1980s featured matchups between teams ranked in the AP top-10, further cementing the status of the game as a major player in the bowl lineup. The 1998 season saw the Fiesta Bowl host the first BCS National Championship Game, won by Tennessee, 23-16, over Florida State. The bowl hosted the Big 12 champion in years it didn’t have the BCS title game. That arrangement continued until 2013 when the BCS gave way to the College Football Playoff.

In 2007 the game moved to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale into the new University of Phoenix Stadium and the venue was christened with what many call one of the greatest bowl games ever played. Underdog Boise State surrendered 25 unanswered points to Oklahoma, but tied the game late in regulation and won it in overtime with a two-point conversion.

The bowl hosted its first CFP semifinal in the 2016 season playing with Clemson pitching the second shutout in the game’s history, 31-0, over Ohio State to advance to the CFP title game, which it won over Alabama. On a three-year rotation with the other New Year’s Six games, the Fiesta Bowl will next host semifinalists following the 2019 season.

Most All-Time Wins at PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

7 Penn State 1977, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2017
5 Arizona State 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1982
5 Ohio State 1983, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2015
3 Boise State 2006, 2009, 2014
2 Florida State 1987, 1989
2 Nebraska 1995, 1999
2 Oklahoma 1976, 2010
2 Oklahoma State 1974, 2011
2 Oregon 2001, 2012

The 2002 season game featured a matchup between Big Ten champ Ohio State and Big East champ Miami. The matchup was a double-overtime thriller with the Buckeyes earning another National Championship with a 31-24 victory. It was the first national title game to play overtime.

Ohio State is no stranger to the Fiesta Bowl, appearing in a record eight games, including back to back visits in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, as well as the 2015 and 2016 season games.

The Buckeyes were handed their first shutout loss in the Urban Meyer era by Clemson in the 2016 game, after which the Tigers went on to defeat Alabama in the CFP Championship game.

Penn State has enjoyed its visits to the desert during bowl season. The Nittany Lions made their seventh appearance in last year’s game and defeated their seventh different opponent, knocking off Washington, 35-28. In all 38 programs have appeared in the bowl with 40 of the 47 games featuring teams ranked in the top-25 of the AP poll.

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Dec 15 Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA MEAC vs SWAC
Dec 15 New Mexico Bowl Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM Mountain West vs C–USA
Dec 15 AutoNation Cure Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL AAC vs Sun Belt
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Dec 15 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL MAC vs Sun Belt
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Dec 21 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas C–USA vs MAC
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Dec 22 Dollar General Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL MAC vs Sun Belt
Dec 22 Hawaii Bowl Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI C–USA vs Mountain West
Dec 26 Servpro First Responder Bowl Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX Big Ten vs C–USA
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field, Detroit, MI Big Ten vs ACC
Dec 26 Cheez-It Bowl Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ Big 12 vs Pac-12
Dec 27 Walk-On's Independence Bowl Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA SEC vs ACC
Dec 27 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY Big Ten vs ACC
Dec 27 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl NRG Stadium, Houston, TX Big 12 vs SEC
Dec 28 Frankiln American Mortage Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN SEC vs ACC / Big Ten
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL Big 12 vs AAC
Dec 28 Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome, San Antonio, TX Big 12 vs Pac-12
Dec 28 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA Big Ten vs Pac-12
Dec 29 Capital One Orange Bowl Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL Semifinal Game
Dec 29 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX Semifinal Game
Dec 29 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA At-Large vs At-Large
Dec 29 Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC SEC vs ACC
Dec 29 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ Mountain West vs Sun Belt
Dec 31 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD ACC vs AAC
Dec 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX Pac-12 vs ACC
Dec 31 Redbox Bowl Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Big Ten vs Pac-12
Dec 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN Big 12 vs SEC
Dec 31 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL SEC vs ACC / Big Ten
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Big Ten vs SEC
Jan 1 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ At-Large vs At-Large
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL Big Ten vs SEC
Jan 1 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Jan 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA Big 12 vs. SEC
Jan 7 CFP National Championship Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Semifinal Winners

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