Fiesta Bowl 2014: UCF Knights take on Baylor Bears

Considering that it's only been a few seasons since Baylor ended a 16-year postseason drought, don't ask their head coach about being overconfident in Wednesday night's 43rd Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

"We've lived on being the guy that's getting in there and making a name for ourselves by how we perform, how we play, how we get ready to play a football game," explained Art Briles, who just coached Baylor to its first Big 12 championship and first outright conference title in 33 years. 

Both No. 6 Baylor (11-1) and No. 15 Central Florida (11-1) are playing in a BCS bowl for the first time. UCF is a decided underdog and trying to prove to a national audience that it's deserving of a BCS bowl berth.

"Our motivation is we're in a BCS bowl game and we're trying to put UCF on the map," UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer said. "This is our prime-time game. We want everyone to know about us, so as a team we're not worried about what others have to say about us."

In short, the pundits cite that Baylor (11-1) was an unstoppable force all season, leading the nation with 53.3 points per game. The Bears scored at least 70 four times in their first six games and were held under 30 once, by Oklahoma State in their only loss of the season.

"Baylor is their own kind of monster," Plummer said. 

For instance, Baylor posted historic offensive numbers, averaging 624.5 yards per game, second all-time in FBS history to Houston (624.9) in 1989. 

Perhaps the closest thing Central Florida (11-1) saw to Baylor this season was South Carolina, which averaged 170 fewer yards and nearly 20 fewer points. The Knights lost to the Gamecocks 28-25 on Sept. 28

"They have a very explosive offense," Central Florida coach George O'Leary said. "I don't think anybody is going to stop them. I think you have to slow them down and get off the field. That's the big thing when you play Baylor."

However, Central Florida finished 19th nationally in total defense, allowing 346 yards per game, and was one of the few teams to slow down Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater during the early part of the season, when he seemingly could do no wrong.

"They do a great job schematically defensively," Briles said. "They don't get themselves out of position with alignment. They're productive in how they approach the game. We're just playing a well-coached football team."

And the two teams also feature two highly-rated quarterbacks. Baylor QB Bryce Petty led the nation in yards per completion at 17.4 and eighth in passing yards per game at 320.3.

Meanwhile, UCF QB Blake Bortles has developed into a potential first-round draft pick after finishing ninth nationally in passing efficiency (163.3) and 18th in passing yards per game (273.3).

Maybe that's why the opposing head coach doesn't want to hear about how his team is the heavy favorite.   

"I don't feel like we're the big dog in this game. We could give a couple examples of so called upsets that have happened over the last two or three days," Art Briles said. "When you walk on the field, like I mentioned earlier, everybody is equal."

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