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Fearless prediction: Cotton Bowl
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 6 Arkansas (-7.5), 8 p.m.: This is a BCS-worthy match up. Kansas State’s two losses have come against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Arkansas has lost to LSU and Alabama. Kansas State, behind head coach Bill Snyder, has been a surprise team this season, winning seven straight to start the season, then losing two straight and winning the final three games to get to 10 wins. The Wildcats have been a gritty bunch this season. Among the noteworthy wins: a four-point win at Miami (Fla.), a one-point win over Robert Griffin III and Baylor, a seven-point loss at Oklahoma State, a win in four overtimes over Texas A&M and a four-point win over Texas. Quarterback Collin Klein has been the leader of this year’s team. Klein has passed for 1,745 yards and 12 touchdowns and has rushed for 1,099 yards and 26 touchdowns. The troubling area is defense. Kansas State ranked 74th nationally in total defense during the regular season (399 yards per game). The Wildcats give up 28 points per game (69th nationally during the regular season). The pass defense allows 267 yards per game (105th nationally during the regular season). This should be good news for the Arkansas offense and quarterback Tyler Wilson. Wilson has thrown for 3,422 yards and 22 touchdowns, with a completion percentage of 63.1. Arkansas has the overall talent advantage. Kansas State relies on controlling the ball (third nationally with 33:57 per game) and protecting the football (the Wildcats are +13 in turnover margin). Kansas State has been a tough team to play this season, especially with Klein spearheading the attack. However, look for the Arkansas talent to be the difference. Arkansas 31, Kansas State 27