Holiday Bowl 2021

Holiday Bowl: UCLA vs. (18) NC State

I hear they dump a vat of eggnog on the winning coach...

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: Petco Park (San Diego)

Time: Dec. 28, 8 p.m. EST on Fox

Teams: UCLA (8–4) versus No. 18 NC State (9–3)

Line: NC State -1.5

Summary

This matchup screams NC State. They boast a much better defense than UCLA along with a quarterback in Devin Leary who threw for 35 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards this season. They could have had an even better bowl showing if not for close losses to Wake Forest and Miami, but they're well-rounded enough to keep Dorian Thompson-Robinson and the rest of the UCLA offense in check to finish the season off strong.

Side note: Does anyone else want to see Chip Kelly back at Oregon? No? Just me? Alright then.

Our Pick

NC State lights up the Bruins. Leary is going to be the star of the game, but the Wolfpack defense for their part will algo get it done on their side and prevent this bowl from even getting close.

The Score: NC State, 35-21

Bowls

Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.