In what has all the ingredients for a classic bowl matchup, Kansas State and Arkansas will meet in Cowboys Stadium for this year’s Cotton Bowl Classic. This bowl had many great pairs in the past, and if these two teams play as well as they have all year, you’re in for a treat.
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No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) vs. No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 SEC), 8 p.m. [FOX]
At 37.4 points per game, the Arkansas offense is one of the most entertaining to watch in college football. They won seven games in a row in the middle of the year and won 10 of 11 to start the year. They rank 13th in the country with 307.8 passing yards per game — their aerial attack can carve up your defense if you’re not careful.
Arkansas only lost to LSU and Alabama, the top two teams in the country. Kansas State lost to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, who were both ranked in the top two at some point in the season. So while these two teams weren’t ready to ascend into the upper echelon of the country’s best teams, they took care of business against everyone else.
Keep an eye on Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who is definitely a dual threat. He passed for 1,745 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he was also the leading rusher for the Wildcats, running for 1,099 yards (a KSU quarterback record). Klein also scored 26 times on the ground, a school record for anyone at any position.
I’m unsure of K-State’s ability to keep up with Arkansas’ offense, though. The Razorbacks are a nine-point favorite, and I think it has a lot to do with quarterback Tyler Wilson. He led the SEC with 3,422 passing yards and 22 touchdowns, while only throwing six interceptions.
Arkansas is 3-7-1 in the Cotton Bowl, but I feel their offense is going to be the reason why that record improves on Friday night.
My prediction: Arkansas 41, Kansas State 27