Match-ups for Arizona's three college bowl games set

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on December 6, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 6 at 8:15 AM

Auburn, Oregon give BCS title game new look

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon will meet in the BCS championship game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10.

It's a matchup of title game first-timers and two of the best offenses in the country.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will most likely be a Heisman Trophy winner by the time he gets to Arizona. It's just as likely there will still be questions about a pay-to-play scheme the NCAA has been investigating surrounding Newton's failed recruitment to Mississippi State. The NCAA cleared Newton to play last Wednesday.

On the field, Newton has been peerless, accounting for 50 touchdowns.

Auburn's last national championship came in 1957, and the Tigers will try to make it five consecutive BCS crowns for the Southeastern Conference.

Oregon has never won a national title.

Heisman hopeful LaMichael James and the Ducks lead the nation in scoring.
  
No. 9 Oklahoma to face UConn in Fiesta Bowl
  
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Big 12 power Oklahoma will face Big East champion Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.

The ninth-ranked Sooners wrapped up their seventh Big 12 title by rallying from a 17-point deficit to beat Nebraska 23-20 on Saturday.

The Sooners, seventh in the BCS standings, don't have many fond memories of the Fiesta Bowl. Oklahoma lost to Boise State in 2007 and was overrun by West Virginia the following year.

No. 25 UConn (8-4), 26th in the BCS standings, shared the Big East title with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, earning the automatic BCS nod through a tiebreaker. The Huskies closed out their regular season by beating South Florida 19-16 Saturday night.

The game will be played New Year's Day at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Insight Bowl: Missouri, Iowa to face off for first time in 100 years

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa has accepted a bid to the Insight Bowl, where they'll face 14th-ranked Missouri for the first time in 100 years.

The Hawkeyes and Tigers are border rivals and less than 250 miles apart, but they haven't faced each other since 1910.

Missouri, which is heading to a bowl for a school-record sixth straight year, finished the regular season 10-2.

Iowa (7-5) opened the season ranked in the top 10 but has lost its last three games.

The Tigers and Hawkeyes have one common opponent in Iowa State, which won the Insight Bowl in 2009.

Missouri blanked the Cyclones 14-0 two weeks ago, while Iowa thumped their instate rivals 35-7 in September.

The Insight Bowl will be played at Arizona State University Stadium in Tempe on Dec. 28.

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