The Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats will both be looking for a Big 12 conference victory when they play this Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kansas enters this contest after losing five of its last six games including a 27-3 defeat at the hands of Iowa State last week. Kansas State enters this game also having lost five of its last six games including a tough 14-13 loss against TCU last week.
Kansas State Loses Heartbreaker To TCU
Kansas State entered the season with the hopes of competing in the Big 12. However, this season has been a colossal failure for the program as the team is 3-6 and will most likely fail to qualify for a bowl game. The Wildcats have struggled particularly on the offensive side of the ball as the team simply cannot score enough points to remain competitive in the conference. The Wildcats have switched quarterbacks multiple times this season as Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton have each started multiple games this season. This season, Thompson has thrown for 995 passing yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for four touchdowns. Delton has thrown for 428 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for one touchdown.
Kansas State’s offense currently averages 21.1 points per game this season which ranks 122nd in the nation. The team has struggled throwing the ball throughout the season and it shows when it comes to passing yards per game. Kansas State has averaged 158.1 passing yards per game which ranks 116th.
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Last week, Kansas State was locked in an extremely competitive contest against conference rival TCU. In that game, Kansas State never led but were within a touchdown for the entirety of the contest. However, the loss turned out to be excruciating for the Wildcats when one realizes that the team’s one point defeat was due to a missed extra point in the middle of the fourth quarter. Leading the Wildcats was quarterback Alex Delton who has two total touchdowns while also losing a fumble. Delton will look to build off of last week’s quality performance and lead the Wildcats to a victory against the Jayhawks.
Kansas Struggling To Win Games
Last season, the Kansas Jayhawks lost 11 of the team’s 12 games with its only win coming against an FCS opponent. Kansas hoped that this season might be different but that clearly has not been the case. Kansas has managed to beat three FBS opponents this season in Central Michigan, Rutgers and TCU but the team is still 3-6 overall and will most likely finish the season with a losing record. The team’s offense has been awful this season but it has looked slightly better since the Jayhawks decided to fire their offensive coordinator in the middle of the season. Despite the team’s unimpressive record, the team has looked better this season than it has in recent seasons and that is hopefully a good sign of things to come in the program’s future.
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Leading Kansas’ offense is senior quarterback Peyton Bender who has looked extremely solid as the team’s starting quarterback. In eight games, Bender has thrown for over 1,300 passing yards with ten passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. Bender has thrown not turned the ball over in his last two games and will look to continue that trend this Saturday against Kansas State.
Kansas’ offense currently only scores 23.6 points per game this season which ranks 112th in the nation. The team has also been average at best when it comes to passing yards per game and rushing yards per game. Kansas has averaged 193.3 passing yards per game which ranks 101st and 144.8 rushing yards per game which ranks 96th.
- Wildcats are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Jayhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
- Jayhawks are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I simply believe that Kansas State just is not good enough to be 12 point favorites in any contest this season. This is an in-state rivalry game and Kansas has to win out in order to reach a bowl game. Although Kansas will most likely fail to do that, the team will still be extremely motivated to get a consolation victory by defeating a huge rival. With Kansas getting 12 points, I think that there is too much value and I will gladly side with the Jayhawks in this contest.
Prediction: Kansas +12
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect this rivalry game to be extremely competitive as both teams have struggled offensively throughout the course of the season. I expect points to come at a premium as their defenses should be able to maintain the opposing offenses. The under between these two teams seems like a quality play and I expect this game to land in the low 40s.
Prediction: Under 46