When: December 26, 2017 - 10:15pm ET / ESPN
Where: Chase Field Phoenix, AZ
Who: Kansas State Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins
A great drinking game for the day after Christmas: Drink every time the name "Chip Kelly" comes up during the broadcast of the Cactus Bowl. You'll probably be sloshed by halftime.
UCLA is rightfully really excited about the Kelly era starting as soon as this game is over with. He's a home run hire to replace Jim Mora Jr., and it might even be enough to convince Josh Rosen to stay in school one more year, especially if he isn't being evaluated as the top pick in the NFL Draft.
The Bruins still have some business to tend to at the Cactus Bowl, though, and this game has the potential to not be all that pretty even if it is Rosen's last game. UCLA flat out can't stop the run, allowing 282.7 rushing yards per game. The team was hammered this year by Memphis, Stanford, Arizona, Washington and Utah, and the only reason it was able to reach a bowl game at all was due to a narrow escape over Cal the last week of the season.
Kansas State was predictably a thorn in the side of all of the Big XII teams this year. Though the Wildcats ultimately lost to Texas, TCU, Oklahoma and West Virginia, it was close in all but the game against the Horned Frogs. KSU's moment of brilliance this year was the upset of Oklahoma State the week before Thanksgiving, a win that assured it would be in a bowl for an eighth straight season.
Bill Snyder's team won the Texas Bowl last year, but that was K-State's first win in a bowl game since 2013.
Rosen is playing in his second career bowl game after losing the Foster Farms Bowl two years ago. Should the Bruins lose this one, it will be the fifth time since 2007 they finished below .500.
Opening Line: Pick 'Em
Preview: The Chip Kelly era at UCLA will begin soon, but not until after the Cactus Bowl, as the UCLA Bruins take on the Kansas State Wildcats on Tuesday, December 26 on ESPN. Kelly was named the UCLA coach last month but he will not be coaching the bowl game, as it will be interim coach Jeff Fisch in charge. The Bruins will be getting back quarterback Josh Rosen who missed the second half of their regular season finale against California due to injury. The Bruins are slight underdogs in the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State. Continue...
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The Cactus Bowl game currently draws its competitors from the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences and is one of the best non-BCS bowls will take place in Chase Field Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 10:15 pm ET, and will be televised by the fine folks at ESPN.
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This game originated as the Copper Bowl on Dec. 31, 1989. From 1989 to 1999, the game was played in Tucson's Arizona Stadium. The Cactus Bowl as we know it today, formerly Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012-2013), and before that it was named the Insight Bowl (2002-2011), that had been played in Tempe, Arizona.
The bowl always featured a WAC team until 1998, when it offered a matchup between the Big East and the Big 12.
The partnership with the Big 12 and Big Ten conferences will provide the opportunity to make the Insight Bowl one of the region's most successful sports betting events. Since 2000, the games have been played at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, now known as Chase Field. Starting in 2006, the bowl has moved to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Sun Devil Stadium is no stranger to big games. It has hosted a Super Bowl, several NCAA National Championship games and was the home of the Fiesta Bowl for 25 years.
The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has a unique trophy. The trophy is about 3 feet tall and in the shape of a tree on a base. The main tree trunk splits in half with a completely round silver ball in the middle.
Coming of the top of one side of the trunk is a large fruit like object.
This fruit is shaped at one end like a football. The other end is elongated beyond the end of the football, and decorated with brown squares and shapes that relate to Insight and Arizona.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|28 Dec. 2013||Kansas State||31||Michigan||14|
|29 Dec. 2012||Michigan State||17||TCU||16|
|30 Dec. 2011||Oklahoma||31||Iowa||14|
|28 Dec. 2010||Iowa||27||Missouri||24|
|31 Dec. 2009||Iowa State||14||Minnesota||13|
|31 Dec. 2008||Kansas||42||Minnesota||21|
|31 Dec. 2007||Oklahoma State||49||Indiana||33|
|29 Dec. 2006||Texas Tech||44||Minnesota||41|
|27 Dec. 2005||Arizona State||45||Rutgers||40|
|28 Dec. 2004||Oregon State||38||Notre Dame||21|
|26 Dec. 2003||California||52||Virginia Tech||49|
|26 Dec. 2002||Pittsburgh||38||Oregon State||13|
|29 Dec. 2001||Syracuse||26||Kansas State||3|
|28 Dec. 2000||Iowa State||37||Pittsburgh||29|
|31 Dec. 1999||Colorado||62||Boston College||28|
|26 Dec. 1998||Missouri||34||West Virginia||31|
|27 Dec. 1997||Arizona||20||New Mexico||14|
|27 Dec. 1996||Wisconsin||38||Utah||10|
|27 Dec. 1995||Texas Tech||55||Air Force||41|
|29 Dec. 1994||BYU||31||Oklahoma||6|
|29 Dec. 1993||Kansas State||52||Wyoming||17|
|31 Dec. 1992||Washington State||31||Utah||28|
|31 Dec. 1991||Indiana||24||Baylor||0|
|31 Dec. 1990||California||17||Wyoming||15|
|31 Dec. 1989||Arizona||17||NC State||10|
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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