College Football Bowl Predictions Part III (New Year’s Day and Beyond): Auburn-Wisconsin, Kansas State-UCLA, and More

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Dec 6, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Charles Jones (24) celebrates his touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the second quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Valero Alamo Bowl- San Antonio, Texas

No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats vs. No. 14 UCLA Bruins

Line: N/A

Saturday Blitz Vegas Bowl Prediction: Kansas State Wins 35-24

UCLA has played a very tough Pac-12 schedule all year, and Brett Hundley is a very good quarterback leading a high-powered offense. But this team is incredibly inconsistent, and against physical teams they struggled significantly. Consider that they only beat Texas by 3 and then lost to Oregon, Stanford, and Utah. Those are all teams that can play physical, and they all got the best of the Bruins. Kansas State is physical as well.

What is also not taken into account is the fact that the Wildcats actually played in a deeper conference by every metric than the Pac-12, and they played Auburn out of conference, but they managed to reach the same record as the Bruins. Bill Snyder’s team also matches physical play with great skill players, including Jake Waters at quarterback who is mobile, big and can throw, and then Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton at receiver.

The combination of those players along with the physical prowess of Kansas State will lead to a solid Wildcats victory and a major statement game for the depth of the Big 12. Kansas State will move the ball all day at an unstoppable pace, and their defense will pressure Hundley all game.

The result will be a victory that puts the Wildcats at 10-3 and leaves Jim Mora’s Bruins with a 9-4 record.

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