Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Accepts Invitation to Play UCLA in Alamo Bowl in January

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Accepts Invitation to Play UCLA in Alamo Bowl in January

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There will be plenty of time over the next three weeks for Kansas State to become familiar with UCLA before the two football teams meet in the Alamo Bowl, but Wildcats coach Bill Snyder already had a pretty good handle on the Bruins shortly after the bowl match-up was announced Sunday.

"Having the opportunity to play against UCLA and a Jim Mora- coached football team is a great challenge for us and one I'm sure our youngsters will be excited to get invested in," Snyder said.

"I think they've won 27 ballgames in the last three years. It's a program going in an extremely positive direction. I understand from a conference call I was just on that they have only six seniors they will lose out of their two-deep so they are having success right now and have a great future to look forward to."

The Alamo Bowl selected the Big 12 Wildcats to face the Pac-12 Bruins on Jan. 2 at 5:45 p.m. at the Alamodome.

"I know our 12,000 alums in Texas are looking forward to having us down that way," said John Currie, K-State athletics director.

K-State, 9-3 after a 38-27 loss at Baylor on Saturday, was No. 11 in the College Football Playoff and Associated Press rankings released Sunday. UCLA, also 9-3, was ranked No. 14 in both polls.

K-State is the highest-ranked team left out of the six College Football Playoff bowls, with No. 12 Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl and No. 20 Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

"We were very close," Currie said of getting into one of the New Year's bowls. "Where the committee had us finish at 11th, we were the next one out, essentially. It is what it is. I think our team has proven itself with a lot of great victories this year. We played five road games in our league, which is something very few teams do, and accounted ourselves very well. …

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