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Kansas State vs. UCLA - 1/2/15 Alamo Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UCLA Bruins (9-3) at Kansas State Wildcats (9-3)
Date & Time Friday January 2, 2015, 6:45 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +1.5 -- Over/Under: 59
TV Channel
ESPN
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CFB | UCLA Bruins (9-3) at Kansas State Wildcats (9-3)
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The Kansas State Wildcats and UCLA Bruins play Friday night in the Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome.

The Kansas State Wildcats have split their last four games and play in their fifth straight bowl. Jake Waters is completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Waters has seven total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Kansas State has 31 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton have combined for more than 2,300 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Zach Trujillo has six receptions in his last three games. Kansas State’s ground game is averaging 3.9 yards per carry, as Charles Jones leads the way with 521 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, the Kansas State Wildcats are allowing 21.8 points, 361.2 yards, and they’ve forced 24 sacks and 20 turnovers. Jonathan Truman leads KSU with 114 tackles and Ryan Mueller has 9.5 tackles for loss.

The UCLA Bruins have won five of their last six games and play their fourth straight bowl. Brett Hundley is completing 70.4 percent of his passes for 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hundley has five total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and UCLA 28 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Devin Fuller has 12 receptions in his last two games. UCLA’s ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Paul Perkins leads the way with 1,378 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the UCLA Bruins are allowing 27.5 points, 401 yards, and they’ve forced 22 sacks and 14 turnovers. Eric Kendricks leads UCLA with 135 tackles and Owamagbe Odighizuwa has 9.5 tackles for loss.

The Wildcats are 19-6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a double-digit loss at home. 

Kansas State continues to be doubted by oddmakers but keeps winning games and has a defense that is tough to score on. I've never really liked this UCLA team due to its up-and-down play. Kansas State always shows up and plays hard for its coach. Give me KSU in an outright pick. 

Pick:
Kansas State Wildcats ML

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