Kansas St. Wildcats vs. Oklahoma Sooners
The Kansas State Wildcats look to remain undefeated as they host the Oklahoma Sooners in a Big 12 College Football showdown on Saturday. The Sooners are -13.5 favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 59.
Of all of the surprise teams in College Football this year it would be tough to find on more surprising than Bill Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats. No coach does more with less over the years than Snyder but maybe it was his roster that underestimated this season. QB Collin Klein may not be as flashy as most of the QB’s in the nation but the results merit Heisman consideration and while he’s completed 59.4 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and three interceptions he has also run for 670 tough yards and 14 touchdowns. When it isn’t Klein keeping it himself it’s been John Hubert who has 637 yards. The Cats don’t pass often but Chris Harper has 26 catches and three touchdowns and Tyler Lockett and Sheldon Smith each have 12 catches. The defense has been rock solid at KSU this season as they have 10 interceptions, five fumble recoveries, and 16 sacks. Transfer Arthur Brown has 53 tackles, David Garrett has 44, and Emmanuel Lamur has 34. A win against the once beaten but highly regarded Sooner could put Kansas State into the top 10.
The Oklahoma Sooners were in the driver’s seat and looked to be headed towards a trip to the BCS National Championship game but now barring some outside help it will be a trip to a BCS Bowl as a best case scenario for Bob Stoops’ team. Oklahoma fell and fell hard to Texas Tech last Saturday as the winning streak, the home winning streak, and control of their own destiny all were lost with game, a game which they were beaten from start to finish by the Red Raiders. QB Landry Jones may have been knocked out of the Heisman race but he’s completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,589 yards and 21 touchdowns. Dom Whaley has rushed for 627 yards and nine touchdowns and Roy Finch has a 6.4 yards per carry average. OU’s Ryan Boyles is the leading NCAA receiver of all time and he has 67 catches and nine touchdowns while Kenny Stills has 35 catches and seven touchdowns. The Oklahoma defense has seven interceptions, six fumble recoveries, and 27 sacks. Travis Lewis has 51 tackles, Aaron Colvin has 47, and Ronnell Lewis has 45 while Fran Alexander has 7.5 sacks. Will we see a fired up Sooners team looking for a second chance hoping someone in front of them stumbles or will they still not have recovered from the shocking loss?
Kansas State is 6-0 against the spread in their last six games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record. Oklahoma is 5-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 7-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games. The road team is 7-2-1 against the spread in the last 10 meetings of these two.
This is a lot of points to be getting for a team who despite being undefeated has been an underdog in just about every game this year. Oklahoma’s offense will get their points but they, like everyone else, will struggle to stop KSU for 60 minutes and if the Wildcats don’t pull out the outright win they will at least keep it entertaining.
Kansas St. Wildcats +13.5 Oklahoma Sooners