Kansas State Oklahoma Odds
This Saturday the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners will host the No. 15 Kansas State Wildcats in a huge Big 12 showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:50 EST at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. Oklahoma has completely dominated this series. They have won 62 of the last 70 games played between these two teams. Last year, Oklahoma went into Manhattan and crushed the Wildcats 58-17 behind a school record 505 passing yards from quarterback Landry Jones.
For those of you looking to wager on the game this Saturday, oddsmakers currently have Oklahoma favored by 14-points over Kansas State with the total set at 58.5 points.
The Wildcats have got off to a 3-0 start under head coach Bill Snyder, but this will without question be their toughest game of the 2012 season. It will also be the Wildcats first road game of the year. They opened up with a couple impressive wins over Missouri State (51-9) and Miami (52-13), but managed just a 35-21 win over North Texas as a 27.5-point favorite.
Kansas State has featured a very balanced offensive attack behind senior quarterback Collin Klein. They come in averaging 251.7 ypg on the ground and another 203.0 ypg through the air. Klein has been extremely efficient in the early portion of the year. He has completed 43 of 59 pass attempts for 609 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing for 210 yards and four scores on the ground.
While Klein was able to rush for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Sooners a season ago, he was just 8 of 16 passing for 58 yards. For the Wildcats to have any chance of knocking off Oklahoma, Klein will have to be a bigger factor throwing the ball this time around. That won’t be an easy task to accomplish, as the Sooners come in with the 4th best pass defense in the country, yielding just 111 yards/game.
The Wildcats will also need big time performances out of running back John Hubert and wide out Tramaine Thompson. Hubert leads the team with 296 yards on the ground, while Thompson has a team-high 13 catches for 211 yards and three scores.
The Sooners opened up the season with a less than impressive effort against UTEP, beating the Miners by a final of just 24-7 as a 29.5 point favorite. They quickly got things going in the right direction, crushing Florida A&M 69-13 at home the following week. Oklahoma is coming off a bye week which should only benefit them this Saturday. The Sooners are a respectable 5-2 over their last 7 games following a bye week.
Jones has got off to a strong start throwing the ball against a couple of inferior opponents. He has completed 62.5% of his attempts for 474 yards with four touchdowns to just one interception. He has had a field day throwing the ball to junior wide out Kenny Stills, who has 16 receptions for 241 yards and two scores. With what Jones did to Kansas State last year and the fact that the Wildcats come in allowing 251.0 ypg through the air, I look for him to have another monster performance in this one.
Oklahoma has also got a ton of production out of junior college transfer running back Damien Williams, who leads the team with 259 yards and five touchdowns on just 20 carries. Last year the Sooners put up 170 yards on the ground behind a team-best 73 yards from Roy Finch. This year Finch has taken a back seat, rushing just five times in two games.
Oklahoma is a good team to follow at home. They are 10-4 ATS over their last 14 games played at Memorial Stadium. They are also 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games in September and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. The only real concern with laying the points is how well Kansas State has been on the road. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and -2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.