The West Virginia Mountaineers (3-6) travel to Manhattan, Kansas this weekend for a BIG 12 showdown with the Kansas State Wildcats (6-3). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on November 16th at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 12 college football odds, K-State opened as a 14.5-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread has come down by half a point after early betting, as the Wildcats are currently available at -14. The total for the game is sitting at 47 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Kansas State vs WVU
West Virginia lost their fifth straight game last weekend, falling 38-17 at home against Texas Tech to drop to 3-6 on the season overall. The Mountaineers gave up five touchdowns in the first half and couldn’t find a way to get back into the game despite holding the Red Raiders to just a single field goal over the final two quarters. QB Austin Kendall wasn’t at his best, going 26/43 for 355 passing yards while also throwing two interceptions. The offense never got anything going on the ground, combining for only 51 net rushing yards. Sam James was pretty much the only bright spot offensively, as he torched the secondary for 223 receiving yards on 14 catches. Overall, WVU gained well over 500 total yards despite coming up well short on the scoreboard.
The Mountaineers didn’t have a great outing on the other side of the ball against Texas Tech, giving up almost 500 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. West Virginia had no answer for Red Raiders WR Dalton Rigdon, as he exploded for 106 yards and a touchdown on only three catches.
Kansas State couldn’t find a way to keep their momentum rolling last weekend against #22 overall Texas, coming up just short on the road in a tough 27-24 loss. The Wildcats jumped out to an early 14-0 lead but couldn’t find a way to hold on down the stretch, getting outscored 20-10 over the final two quarters en route to a three-point defeat. QB Skylar Thompson went 17/27 for 253 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB Tyler Burns could only muster 26 rushing yards on a team-high eight carries on the ground. Malik Knowles led the way on the ground, hauling in three receptions for 94 yards and a score. As a whole, Kansas State generated just over 300 total yards of offense in a surprisingly low-scoring game.
The Wildcats were average at best defensively against Texas, surrendering almost 500 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. Kansas State couldn’t find a way to contain Longhorns RB Keaontay Ingram on the ground, as he rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Kansas State -14
I think that the Wildcats offer pretty decent value in this BIG 12 clash, as they should have no problem rebounding after a tough Week 11 loss to Texas against a West Virginia squad that is only 3-6 against the spread so far this season. Kansas State has also performed extremely well at home this year, covering the number in four out of their last five outings at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Their offense has been pretty impressive over the last several weeks as well, scoring at least 38 points in two out of their last three games. The same certainly can’t be said about the Mountaineers, as they have been held to 17 points or less in four consecutive outings.
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West Virginia has really been struggling against the spread over the past month or so, going only 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Mountaineers are also a brutal 0-5 outright over their last five games against BIG 12 opponents as well. It is also important to note that K-State has absolutely dominated this matchup over the past couple of years, covering the number in five out of the last seven meetings between these two BIG 12 rivals. I’m going to lay the two touchdowns and roll with the home favorite on Saturday afternoon – give me the Wildcats to cover!