The Stanford Cardinal received news on Sunday night that they'll be facing the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012.
The announcement was only the very beginning of an extremely busy week for Stanford quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender Andrew Luck, according to Tom FitzGerald of the Chronicle. On Monday, he'll practice with the team before hopping on a plane for Orlando to attend the College Football Awards. He's also up for the Johnny Unitas Award this week, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate quarterback. If he should be announced as the winner, he'll be expected to attend a dinner in Baltimore on Friday to accept the award.
And of course, the winner of the Heisman is set to be announced at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. That ceremony takes place in New York, so it would at least be a short flight from Baltimore. Hopefully he'll find some time in there to study, since finals are the following week.
When asked about the Fiesta Bowl's perceived status as a battle of runners-up, Luck disagreed:
"I'll approach it like a championship game - two great teams going at it," he said. "Hopefully it will be a great game to cap off a good ride for all the seniors."
Stanford fans will also be hoping for a great game -- and one that ends Stanford's outstanding 2011 season on a winning note.
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