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Kansas State WildCats (10-2) vs Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2)
8:00 PM ET, January 6, 2012
Cowboys Stadium, ARLINGTON, TX

Saturday afternoon, the Cowboys Stadium will host the Cotton Bowl at 8:00 pm ET, where two top 10 ranked teams collide. The Kansas State Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks will jump into the field looking to get a win on their season’s final game to round up a great year for both teams. Be prepared to watch one of the best bowl games this year.

The Wildcats started the season with a 7 game winning streak which created a great expectation for their games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. But…the team got crushed against these top ranked rivals (Oklahoma #9 and Oklahoma State #3).  When they lost those games, the team had to bounce back to close the season with a 3 game winning streak to at least save face with their fans and the entire country after letting them down against the two Oklahoma teams. The team depends too much on their quarterback, Collin Klein, who leads the offense getting more touchdowns rushing than passing. He has 1745 total passing yards and 1099 total rushing yards on the season with 12 passing touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns.

The Razorbacks, had the same record as the Wildcats, but the main difference here is that they lost their two games on the season against #1 LSU and #3 Alabama.  There’s no way this team could have won those two having a much lower program than their powerful rivals.  If one thing is real about them, it is that they showed themselves that without big names or big scholarships, but rather with tons of work and commitment, can walk among the top teams nationwide. They have a great air game with their quarterback, Tyler Wilson, having a great season with 3422 total passing yards and 22 touchdowns, connecting half of those touchdowns with Jarius Wright, his favorite target this year.

For this game, the spread gives Arkansas the favorite tag by 7½ points and the moneyline is set on -300. If you compare these two teams, they are pretty close -  but the edge here goes in favor of the Razorbacks. They lost to higher qualified teams this year. Their game is more solid than Kansas State’s. If you are going to take the Razorbacks, buy them down to -6½ at least or take them on the moneyline, because this will be a pretty tight game, but they will walk off the field with the win in this bowl.

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