Fri, Jan 2, 2015
|5:45 PM CT
||(14) UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12)||at||(11) Kansas State (9-3, 7-2 Big 12)|
The calendar's flipping over, and that means it's time to get ready for our last hurrah for 2014. The teams are already gearing up, San Antonio is hoppin', and we've got all the info you need to properly enjoy the 2015 Alamo Bowl right here.
The game: Kansas State takes on the UCLA Bruins in the 2015 Alamo Bowl. The all-time series between the two teams is tied at one win apiece; K-State won 31-22 in Manhattan in 2010, while UCLA won 23-9 in Pasadena the year prior.
Odds: Although betting opened with K-State as 3.5 point favorites, UCLA is now favored by a single point. K-State has been designated as the visiting team, meaning they'll be decked out in purple and call the coin flip, and will occupy the west side of the facility -- opposite the press box and camera bays.
Kickoff: Friday, January 2 at 5:45pm CT, The Alamodome (65,000) in San Antonio, Texas.
Tickets: Some first-sale tickets are apparently still available from Ticketmaster, ranging anywhere from $25 for upper level end-zone seats to $295 for lower level sideline tickets. However, and since you're presumably a K-State fan you'll be glad to hear this, there are very, very few first-sale seats left on the K-State side of the field. For that, you may have to hit the secondary market, and prices are soaring as high as $400.
Television: ESPN, with Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard, and Shannon Spake.
Radio: K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters. Also available nationally and on Sirius/XM 83 is ESPN Radio's broadcast, with Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen, and Quint Kessenich. If you're a SoCal Cat fan and you need radio, you can also pick up UCLA's radio broadcast, featuring Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens, and Wayne Cook.
Other stuff: Because it's bowl time, the athletic department has released a new version of the media guide, available in PDF format for your perusal and/or digital collection.
Headed to the game? There's lots of things to do. Wednesday afternoon at 5pm, there's a free pep rally for both teams at the Arneson River Theatre, sponsored by the Alamo Bowl and Rudy's BBQ.
At 11:30am on Thursday, the Primesport Kickoff Luncheon will be held at the Marriott RiverCenter, hosted by the ESPN broadcast crew. Tickets for that event will run you $75, though. At 7pm in the same location is the Valero Alamo Bowl Bash, which is basically the bowl's game-eve party; that's free.
On gameday, the Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Zone opens at noon at Sunset Station, a block north of the Alamodome. Admission is free, and there will be music, food, and games. At 2:30, the Alumni Association's pre-game party kicks off at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This event is only open to folks who got their tickets through an Association travel package or have otherwise already purchased tickets to the event, however.
Stats to watch: Curry Sexton has 955 receiving yards on the year. If he can pick up 45 against the Bruins, he and Tyler Lockett will become the first K-State duo to each reach the 1000-yard mark together in one season. With only 27 passing yards, K-State will set a school record for passing yards in one season, surpassing 2007's 3,425 yards.
If Jake Waters reaches 191 passing yards, he'll claim the school's season individual record as well. Waters is also trying to maintain his hold on some records he's already got in hand: the school's best season and career completion percentage marks and the career yards-per-attempt mark. A big day could find him atop the season passing touchdown list as well; he's four short of that record. If he completely goes off and throws six, he'll tie Josh Freeman's career record.
Lockett would need a huge game, but if he manages 255 yards receiving, he'd tie Jordy Nelson's season record. Darren Sproles' season all-purpose yards record is likely out of his reach, but Lockett is only 50 yards shy of second on that list. And a single kickoff return for a touchdown would tie both the K-State and Big 12 career marks held by Brandon Banks (jointly with Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, as far as the Big 12 record goes).
Finally: Readers who attend the game are absolutely encouraged to share photos and stories after the weekend via fanpost! Go Wildcats!