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Kansas State vs. UCLA Bowl Game Odds & Pick from Jesse Schule: December 26th 2017

Kansas State Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins
College Football Bowl Game Pick: K State -125 odds (December 26th 2017)
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The Bruins will have a new head coach next season, and everyone is excited to see what Chip Kelly can do at UCLA. In the mean time, it will be interim coach and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch calling the plays for the Bruins bowl game against Kansas State. The Wildcats finished the season strong with wins over Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Freshman quarterback Skyler Thompson threw four TD passes with no INTs while completing over 70 percent of his passes in those games.

He also ran for over 100 yards and scored a pair of rushing TDs. Kansas State won their bowl game last year, beating Texas A&M 33-28 in the Texas Bowl. They should have little trouble scoring points on the Bruins 118th ranked defense. Only one team in Division 1 allowed more rushing yards this season than UCLA. The Bruins allowed opponents to average over 282 yards per game, and surrendered 31 rushing TDs. This seems to set up a favorable matchup for Bill Snyder and the Cats.

Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State Bowl Game Pick from Larry Ness: December 16th 2017

Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
College Bowl Game Pick: ARKST -3.5 (December 16th 2017)
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The 6-6 MTSU Blue Raiders get ready to battle 7-4 Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl this weekend and for a number of different reasons, I think this one favors the Red Wolves.

MTSU comes in having won three of its last four, while Arkansas State will be eager to get back with one more victory here after falling to Troy in its regular season finale.

The Blue Raiders have a balanced rushing and passing offense. QB Brent Stockskill took over half way through the year and sports a 14/5 TD/INT. This team is used to outscoring its competition, so its defense is the weak point.

Arkansas State is another team with an explosive offense. QB Justice Hansen averages 330 passing yards, to go along with 35 rushing yards per game. In the end Hansen posted a total of 34 TD’s combined through the air and on the ground this season. Like their counterpart today, the Red Wolves weakness is on the defensive side of the ball, but the unit is a step up, having forced 10 fumbles and 11 INT’s this year.

I’ll point out as well that MTSU is 0-4 ATS in its last four bowl games, while Arkansas State is 5-2 ATS in its last seven as a favorite.

Hansen has only been sacked 27 times this year and the Blue Raiders don’t have much of a pass rush. Simply put, I think the Red Wolves have a distinct advantage in at least two of the three phases and because of that, I’ll indeed recommend a second look at Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl this year.

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