The Wildcats of the Big 12 travel west to play the Bruins of the Pac 12 this 2017 bowl season. Both Kansas State and UCLA had disappointing seasons when compared to their preseason projections. In what could well be legendary coach Bill Snyder’s final coaching task Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona the Cactus Bowl Spread: Kansas State -2 over UCLA.
The Big 12 and Pac 12 square off on Dec. 26, 2017, for a scheduled 9 p.m. ET Cactus Bowl kickoff. And the game will be broadcast by ESPN and will also be available via live stream on WatchESPN.
UCLA (6-6, 4-5 in Pac-12) will take part in the holiday event without the fired Jim Mora. The school announced the hiring of former Pac 12 bench boss Chip Kelly earlier this month. The Bruins are led by All-American quarterback Josh Rosen. His playing status in this bowl game, due to his expected departure to the NFL, remains a question mark. The UCLA offensive struggled to be a consistent threat rushing the football and defending their goal line in 2017.
Kansas State (7-5, 5-4 in Big 12) suffered a number of key injuries this season that derailed any hope of them being a Big 12 title contender. Also, primary starting quarterback Jesse Ertz didn’t play in the team’s final four games but is the reported starting KSU signal-caller in this holiday contest.
The Snyder offense is run-heavy and are contrary to the up-tempo spread offenses of that are prevalent in the conference. The Wildcats scheme is a ground and pound offense that controls time of possession.
Finally, the oddsmakers opened the bowl contest at a pick’em. Since last week’s opening numbers were posted Kansas State has climbed to two-point favorites for the Chase Field affair. The total sits at 63.
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