On Saturday January 2nd the Kansas State Wildcats take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis Tennessee. This game will be very interesting for both teams; each one has something to prove in different ways.
Kansas State is horrible in bowl games, so it would be great for them to get a win. The Cats are coming off of three wins to end the season-which gave them bowl eligibility (thank goodness Iowa State and KU were two of the teams to fall to the Cats). The Wildcats have struggled all season with their quarterback situation. Joe Hubener’s accuracy isn’t there. Against West Virginia, he only completed 32% of his passes, but there have been enough big moments to overcome defenses cheating up to stop the run.
Kansas State’s running game has also been struggling compared to past Wildcat running games. However, when they hone in and control the tempo, they can stay in games. The Wildcats shouldn’t let this bowl get into a shootout, but if it happens, they are used to playing in games like that this season.
This will be a new battle for the Cats. Arkansas has transformed into the type of team that can throw at will. The Hogs will try running the ball early with Alex Collins and their impressive running game. The passing side for Arkansas cranked up more than 400 yards in two of the last four games.
Winners of five of their last six games, Arkansas is doing really well on offense while their run defense is good enough to make it a large margin win. It should be an easy game for the Razorbacks, but the effort and focus need to be there for Arkansas which was a problem for them early in the season. Arkansas’ pass defense has been a huge issue for the Hogs, but it probably won’t be a big factor since Kansas State is not that good at throwing the call. Arkansas is also third in the nation in time of possession-keeping the ball for over 34 minutes.
I think Arkansas will win 42-28.
But GO CATS!!
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