The college football bowl games will be kicking off on Saturday, Dec. 20, but we folks here in Los Angeles only care about two bowl games that feature our favorite schools: USC and UCLA.
The No. 14-ranked UCLA Bruins football team will face off against the No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Meanwhile, UCLA's crosstown rivals USC (No. 24) will be competing against the No. 25 Nebraska football team in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 27 in the Holiday Bowl.
Both programs had solid seasons, with the Bruins finishing 9-3 overall and the Trojans ending with a 8-4 record. However, do these teams stand a chance in their bowl games? Will both Los Angeles schools take home a trophy?
Here is what some of the experts are saying...
USC vs. NEBRASKA (HOLIDAY BOWL):
Bleacher Report, columnist Erin Sorensen - USC
"Ultimately, it's going to come down to whose defense can hold up. Both offenses will do their best to keep the game competitive, but the defenses could very well be the deciding factor in this matchup."
Sorensen continued, "Nebraska has experience at the Holiday Bowl, but it may not be enough. Cody Kessler will likely be problematic for the Huskers. Expect Nebraska to keep it close in the first three quarters, with USC taking the victory in the end."
ESPN, Mark Schlabach- USC
ESPN's prediction is that USC will beat Nebraska 38-27.
"It will be only the fourth meeting between the Cornhuskers and Trojans, who have never played each other in the postseason," wrote Schlabach. "USC is 3-0-1 against Nebraska, including convincing victories in 2006 and '07."
CFB 24/7 (NFL) - USC
The experts at the NFL's CFB 24/7, Gil Brandt, Buck Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah, Bryan Fisscher, Chase Goodbread and Mike Huguenin all agree that USC will come out on top.
UCLA vs. KANSAS STATE (ALAMO BOWL):
Bleacher Report, columnist Sean Frye - Kansas State
Frye wrote: "But this game will be K-State's to lose. UCLA's secondary won't be up to task to slow down Waters and Lockett, and that'll do them in.
The Wildcats' fans travel well, and they'll be closer geographically so that'll favor the Wildcats. And in a game where both teams look pretty equal on paper, it'll come down to coaching.
You got to take Bill Snyder over Jim Mora any day."
ESPN, Mark Schlabach - Kansas State
Again, this outlet has its money placed on the Wildcats, predicting they'll narrowly beat the Bruins 27-24.
"The Bruins can't be feeling good after their 31-10 loss to Stanford in the regular-season finale," wrote Schlabach, "which cost them the Pac-12 South title and a chance to play in the Pac-12 championship game. They'd probably love to send Hundley out with a bowl win."
CFB 24/7 (NFL) - ?
Two of the experts predict K-State will win, but three believe UCLA will walk away end up with a victory. Jeremiah predicts the Bruins will barely beat the Wildcats 21-20, but Goodbread believes UCLA will crush K-State 43-14!