Cactus Bowl: Kansas State vs UCLA

When: Tuesday December 26th, 9:00, ESPN

Current spread: KSU -2, O/U 64

All-time series: UCLA 2-1

Injuries. That single word sums up both seasons here. The ‘could’ve been’ factor is on the minds of fans of both teams. How this game plays out is anyone’s guess.

It looks like the Wildcats are going with Skylar Thompson at QB after announcing that Jesse Ertz is out for the season. Thompson put up 662 passing yards with 5 TDs and rushed for 263 yards and 3 TDs. WRs Isaiah Zuber (51-510-4) and Byron Pringle (28-705-6) will be relied upon to help him out. Pringle, a big play guy, is also dangerous on special teams. RB Alex Barnes (702 yds, 6 TDs) is effective out of the backfield.

Josh Rosen (3,717 yds, 26 TDs) can beat you with his arm on any given day. He needs to stay away from bad decisions that have haunted him though. Star WR Darren Andrews (60-773-10) is out with an ACL injury. But Jordan Lasley (61-1,136-8) is a huge playmaker for the Bruins. UCLA uses 2 RBs efficiently. Bolu Olorunfunmi (542 yds, 5 TDs) and Soso Jamabo (447 yds, 6 TDs) will ensure that they have fresh legs in the backfield.

How these teams respond to adversity is the biggest key to this game. I think UCLA has a slight edge, so I’d take the points. The O/U seems high for 2 teams that may or may not be out of sync.

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