UCLA vs Kansas State Alamo Bowl College Football Lines Guide

Posted by D.Zamzack on Thursday,January 1, 2015 2:25, EST in

The final few bowl games held before the National Championship Game often involve smaller programs that just managed to become bowl eligible by the skin of their teeth. That is not the case with the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, where a pair of 9-3 teams will go head to head in what looks like a great match-up offering a great NCAA Football betting opportunity.

How To Bet The Bruins vs Wildcats Alamo Bowl NCAA Football Odds Match Up & Game Info

Date/Time: Friday, January 2nd, 6:45 PM
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

In any other year, Kansas State would have been more than good enough to win the Big 12, but this just happened to be the year when Baylor and TCU also excelled. The Wildcats lost to both of those teams, and also dropped a game to Auburn, so there is no real shame in any of their losses this year.

What was interesting about Kansas State this season was how they went about their business. This is a program that has long relied on a solid defense and a punishing run game, but they became a little pass happy with outstanding QB Jake Waters at the helm. This is an efficient team that can beat you in a number of different ways, and you can bet that they will be determined to get that 10th win of the season.

Many teams would love to say that they ended the season with a 9-3 record, but a lot more was expected from the UCLA Bruins. They frustrated fans time and again, but nothing can match the disaster that was their final game of the season. They only had to beat Stanford in order to get a shot at Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game, but the Cardinal blew them out of the water, beating them 31-10 and allowing Arizona to sneak in the back door. This is a team with a ton of talent, but one that doesn’t always live up to the expectations.

My Betting Odds Analysis and Preidction

UCLA: -1½-110, OV 59 ½ -110, ML -125
KANSAS STATE: +1½-110, UN 59 ½ -110, ML +105

UCLA have been installed as slight 1.5-point favorites for this one. The Bruins were a rather awful 4-8 ATS this season, and only 4-7 as a favorite. Furthermore, when they played non-conference opponents, they were an awful 0-3 ATS. The Kansas State Wildcats were a respectable 8-4 ATS on the season, which included being 4-2 ATS against teams with a winning record.

Kansas State were pretty consistent all year, which means we essentially know what we are going to get from them. We never seem to know what to expect from UCLA, and it’s that which makes them a dangerous bet. I like Kansas State to not only cover the football spread, but also win outright.