Valero Alamo Bowl Free Pick: Kansas State Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins

bruins wildcats college football pickThe No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats (9-3) and the No. 14 UCLA Bruins (8-3) get together for the opportunity to win the Valero Alamo Bowl on Friday January 2. The game will begin at 6:45 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN.

UCLA struggled mightily against Stanford 31-10 in its last game. Paul Perkins had an outstanding performance running the ball in the loss, carrying the ball 17 times for 116 yards. Thomas Duarte put up 63 yards and a TD on four receptions. Kansas State fell short, losing to Baylor 38-27 in their matchup. Tyler Lockett had a great game for the Wildcats, registering 14 catches for 158 yards and one TD. Zach Trujillo also had a big day, contributing 88 yards and a TD on three catches.

Notes

Kansas State is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games.

UCLA is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games.

UCLA is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of UCLA’s last 8 games.

Kansas State is 8-0 SU when leading at the half this season. UCLA is 7-0 SU when taking a lead into halftime.

Both teams are 8-0 SU when leading after three quarters.

Kansas State is a perfect 5-0 SU in games where it wins the turnover battle, and only 2-2 SU in games where it loses the turnover battle.

UCLA is undefeated (3-0 SU) in games where it comes out ahead in the turnover battle, and 4-3 SU in games where it loses the turnover battle.

Among all FBS teams, the UCLA offensive passing game is ranked 35th in the country, while the Kansas State pass defense is only ranked 81st. The Wildcats passing attack is ranked 20th, compared to the 90th-ranked pass defense of the Bruins.

The UCLA rushing attack is ranked only 39th in the nation, while the Kansas State run defense is ranked 23rd. The Wildcats rushing game is ranked just 94th, compared to the 54th-ranked run defense of the Bruins.

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