College Football: Cactus Bowl KST vs. UCLA
Kansas State Wildcats (7-5) at UCLA Bruins (6-6)
December 26, 2017- 9:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
An offensive showdown is what will be expected come Tuesday night in the Arizona desert as the Kansas State Wildcats and UCLA Bruins will square off in the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field in a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Wildcats Lines: 5Dimes Spread (-6.5) ML -250
Best Bruins Lines: MyBookie Spread (+6.5) ML +210
Over/Under: XBet 61.0
If offense is what you like, offense is what you are expected to get when both the Wildcats at 7-5 and Bruins at 6-6 take to the turf looking to light up the scoreboard. In all, Kansas State produced 385 points during the regular season, while UCLA put up 405 points of their own.
Each team scored at least 40 points in a game four times during the season paving the way for what should be an entertaining contest.
Under head coach Bill Snyder, the Wildcats will be making their 19th bowl appearance, including eight straight. For the Bruins, they will be in the postseason for their fifth out of the six last seasons, but have yet to appear in a major bowl in what seems like ages? UCLA last appeared in the Rose Bowl in 1999.
The Wildcats have won four of their last five games with redshirt freshman QB Skylar Thompson under center for the last three games.
Thompson will matchup against UCLA junior quarterback Josh Rosen, who many speculate will be a certain top-10 pick in the NFL draft if he chooses to come out. On the season, Rosen has thrown for 3,756 yards with 26 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Dealing with a concussion, Rosen is expected to be cleared to play and showcase his talents in what may be his final collegiate game?
Kansas State is scoring 32.1 points on 368.3 yards per game, while the Bruins are averaging 33.8 points on 465.7 yards per contest. On defense, the Wildcats are allowing 25.8 points on 432.0 yards, while UCLA has been torched on that side of the ball yielding 36.8 points on 488.8 yards per game.
UCLA will have plenty of incentive to win and finish the season above the .500 mark; question is… can Rosen in what may be his last game, help lead the Bruins to a win? For sports betting purposes for our US players, 5Dimes is favoring KST (-6.5) points over UCLA with an over/under of 61.0 total game points scored from XBet.
While, I do expect the scoreboard to be lit up like a Christmas tree, I will favor the Bruins PLUS the points (+6.5) to cover the spread against Kansas State for the win as my best betting pick.