Iowa: Second-team All-American T.J. Hockenson, who won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end, has 46 receptions for 717 yards and six touchdowns.
Oklahomans in game
Iowa: Associate athletic director Charlie Taylor spent eight years in the Oklahoma athletic department before joining the Hawkeyes in June 2016.
NO. 8 UCF (12-0) VS. NO. 11 LSU (9-3)
When: Noon (ESPN)
Where: State Farm Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Line: LSU by 7 1/2.
Series Record: First meeting.
What’s at stake
UCF takes a 25-game winning streak into the Fiesta Bowl in its bid for a second straight undefeated season. LSU is vying for its first 10-win season since 2013.
Players to watch
UCF: Quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. The redshirt freshman was thrust into the starting role when two-time AAC player of the year McKenzie Milton suffered a gruesome leg injury in UCF’s regular-season finale against South Florida. Mack led a massive comeback against Memphis in the AAC title game, accounting for six touchdowns while throwing for 348 yards.
LSU: Quarterback Joe Burrow. LSU did not exactly have a prolific passing game this season, but could use Burrow to have a solid game to take pressure off the run game.
Oklahomans in game
UCF: Head coach Josh Heupel won a national championship as a quarterback at Oklahoma in 2000 and was an assistant coach for the Sooners from 2006-14. Tight ends coach Jon Cooper was a three-year starter at center for the Sooners and was a two-year graduate assistant in Norman. Quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby signed with the Sooners out of high school, but an injury ended his playing career, though he graduated from the school. Secondary coach Willie Martinez served in the same position at OU in 2010-11. Wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt spent four seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma and has had two different stints at Oklahoma State.
LSU: Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph was the head coach at Langston in 2011-12 after three seasons there as an assistant coach and in 2004-05 coached running backs at Central Oklahoma. Assistant head coach and running backs coach Tommie Robinson was the running backs coach at Oklahoma State in 2001.
NO. 12 PENN STATE (9-3) VS. NO. 14 KENTUCKY (9-3)