The Fiesta Bowl will be played on Jan. 2 this season, three days earlier than originally scheduled, BCS officials announced today. The game, to be televised on ESPN, will follow the Rose Bowl and is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Big 12 champion earns a berth in the Fiesta Bowl unless the champion qualifies for the BCS National Championship Game.
Until Monday’s date change, the game had been set for Jan. 5.
_ Jimmy Burch