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Cactus Bowl Odds - NCAA Wildcats vs Bruins Football Prediction

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Cactus Bowl Odds - Kansas State Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins Prediction


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.

Cactus Bowl Prediction - Kansas State Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins

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...

Cactus Bowl Sports Betting Odds

Who will win the NCAA Cactus Bowl Classic in 2017?

The NCAA Cactus Bowl betting has been a fine example of what College bowl betting should be. No doubt there will be some sort of commemorative activity at half-time of the game, which will only be a bonus for Cactus Bowl betting fans.

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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Cactus Bowl Betting Tips

One of the first things to look for when examining the college football bowl odds is the current form of the teams. Some teams are coming into the bowl game playing very well, while others are coming in flat or disappointed.

Motivation is a big key factor when it comes to looking at college football bowl betting lines, we also have to look at other things.

Schedule strength, turnovers, recent form, and overall team power ratings are things to consider as the bowl games begin. You also want to take the individual game odds into consideration.

History of the Cactus Bowl

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.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Trophy

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.

Cactus Bowl winners and scores

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

Listed below are links to each NCAA Football Bowl Game

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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