Kansas State Wildcats (5-6) at Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 2, 2016, 3:20 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -13 -- Over/Under: 62.5
The Kansas State Wildcats will play the Arkansas Razorbacks in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
The Arkansas Razorbacks were 7-5 and finished tied for 3rd in the SEC West Division standings. The Arkansas offense is averaging 35.2 points per game with 264.3 passing yards per game and 192.6 rushing yards per game. Brandon Allen is the Arkansas quarterback who is completing 65.1% of his passes for 3125 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Alex Collins has 1392 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns for Arkansas. Kody Walker has 338 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Razorbacks. Drew Morgan has 751 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Hunter Henry has 647 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for Arkansas. The Arkansas defense is giving up 27.8 points per game with 284.5 passing yards per game and 119.6 rushing yards per game. Brooks Ellis has 101 tackles, Deatrich Wise has 8 sacks, and Josh Liddell has 2 interceptions for Arkansas. Arkansas is +7 in turnover margin this season.
The Kansas State Wildcats were 6-6 and finished 8th in the Big 12 standings. The Kansas State offense is averaging 33.3 points per game with 177.1 passing yards per game and 164.3 rushing yards per game. Joe Hubener is the Kansas State quarterback who is completing 47.8% of his passes for 1837 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Hubener also has 613 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for Kansas State. Charles Jones has 656 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Deante Burton has 477 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Kody Cook has 412 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for Kansas State. The Kansas State defense is giving up 30.3 points per game with 283.1 passing yards per game and 159.4 rushing yards per game. Elijah Lee has 75 tackles and 2 interceptions, while Jordan Willis has 7.5 sacks. Kansas State is -3 in turnover margin this season.
Arkansas finished the season strong, winning 5 of their last 6 games. Arkansas runs the ball very well, but they also have a good passing attack. The balance that Arkansas is able to use is what makes them so effective on offense. Defensively, Arkansas struggles a bit, giving up just about 28 points per game. Kansas State finished the season with 3 straight wins to get bowl eligible. Kansas State runs an interesting offense where they give their quarterback a chance to run just about every play. Defensively, Kansas State ranks 90th, so Arkansas will look to have a big day offensively. I am picking Arkansas in this game because I trust their offense more.