Kansas State Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/28/13
Michigan Wolverines (7-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (7-5)
College Football: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: 57.5 See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and Kansas State Wildcats play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday.
Michigan finished 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten this season. After weeks of speculation, Michigan coach Brady Hoke finally ruled out quarterback Devin Gardner for Saturday night's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl before Thursday's practice. Gardner broke his foot in the second half of the Wolverines' season finale. He'll be replaced by freshman Shane Morris, who has practiced with the first team since and will make his first start against Kansas State at Sun Devil Stadium, in Tempe, Arizona. Gardner, a dual threat, had 3,443 total yards and 32 total touchdowns on the season for the Wolverines, who are 20-22 all-time in bowl games. Morris appeared in only parts of two games, completing 5-of-9 passes for 65 yards and an interception. Receiver Jeremy Gallon enters the game 47 yards shy of setting the school's single-season mark for receiving yards and had a conference and school-record 369 yards receiving against Indiana back in October. Michigan enters the contest losers of four of its last five games but its latest setback was its most memorable game of the season. The Wolverines opted to go for a two-point conversion and the win after scoring a touchdown in the final seconds against Ohio State but the attempt failed in their 42-41 loss.
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Kansas State finished 7-5 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12 this year. The Wildcats spent the 2013 season trying in vain to fill the void left by QB Collin Klein. Junior QB Jake Waters and sophomore QB Daniel Sams combined for 2,650 yards passing and 712 yards on the ground while rotating in the backfield. Both will get the chances against Michigan for a Kansas State offense, which averaged 33 points but finished 78th in the nation in passing with 13 interceptions. While Kansas State has won five of its last six games, its struggles in recent bowl games have them perplexed, as the Wildcats enter the contest losers of five straight bowl contests under famed coach Bill Snyder. Kansas State rebounded from a 2-4 start this season and all five of its losses were by 10 points or less.
Michigan has looked awful at time this season, while Kansas State has played good but not great football this year. The Wildcats defense keeps them in every game and I think with Gardner out they will have success against the Wolverines. I’m taking Kansas State to win by 10.