West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas St. Wildcats
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas State Wildcats face off on Saturday in Morgantown in a game between contrasting styles in the Big 12. The Mountaineers are -5 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 74.
The West Virginia Mountaineers looked to be off to the races putting up big numbers every game and lighting up the scoreboard but it all came to a crashing halt last Saturday in Lubbock as WVU fell to Texas Tech in a game that wasn’t close. Geno Smith was looking like a sure fire Heisman Trophy winner and he still may be as he has completed 75.3 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and he hasn’t thrown an interception. Andrew Buie is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and he has scored five touchdowns. The WVU receivers are led by Tavon Austin with 67 catches and eight touchdowns and Stedman Bailey with 55 catches and 14 touchdowns. Defensively is where the Mountaineers have trouble as they allow 37.3 points per game, 131.3 rushing yards, and 367.2 passing yards with five interceptions and 15 sacks. Isaiah Bruce has 57 tackles, Karl Joseph has 43 tackles, and Terence Garvin has four sacks. West Virginia was embarrassed last week and will need to forget about it in a hurry.
The Kansas State Wildcats control their own destiny and could be the Big 12 Champion this year and are still very much in the race for a spot in the National Championship game. Collin Klein is a Heisman contender as well completing 66.9 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and two interceptions and rushing for 510 yards and 10 touchdowns. John Hubert carries the load in the KSU backfield ripping of runs and averaging 6.2 yards per carry with eight touchdowns. Chris Harper has 19 catches and a touchdown, Tramaine Thompson has 17 catches and three touchdowns, and Tyler Lockett has 13 catches and a touchdown. Defensively Kansas State allows 16.5 points per game, 101.2 rushing yards per game, and 238.5 passing yards per game with six interceptions and 14 sacks. Arthur Brown has 47 tackles, Jarard Milo has 38 catches, and Ty Zimmerman has three interceptions. Kansas State doesn’t make it look exciting but it definitely works on the field.
West Virginia is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 6-2 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, and 2-11 against the spread in their last 13 home games against a team with a winning road record. Kansas State is 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight road games, 10-2-1 against the spread in their last 13 road games against a team with a winning home record, and 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
We are going to see scoring here and I see this one going over the total.