Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl predictions

December, 27, 2012
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UCLA faces Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Thursday (9:45 ET, ESPN). Kevin and Ted both were wrong about the Las Vegas Bowl after picking Washington to win over Boise State, so they both fall to 67-26 on season.

Kevin Gemmell: The Holiday Bowl has a tradition of being a high-scoring affair, though the last couple of years it's been down offensively. This year's edition should right that. Both offenses are great. But I think the fact that UCLA -- specifically Anthony Barr, Datone Jones and Co. -- can get to Nick Florence will be the difference. It's time to stop calling UCLA young on offense, because 13 games and a division title later, they are a veteran group. They'll go blow for blow with Baylor and make the stops when they have to on defense. UCLA 48, Baylor 41.

Ted Miller: Kevin's take is about mine. I see a game with plenty of momentum swings that will extend into the fourth quarter. I feel strongly that turnovers will be key because wasted possessions in what should be a high-scoring game could prove critical. I like the Bruins chances to pressure Florence more than he's accustomed to, but the first order of business is slowing down resurgent Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk. If he can gash the Bruins, it could be a long night. Still, I think UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin hoists the game MVP trophy in a Bruins win. UCLA 42, Baylor 40.

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