Oklahoma State Cowboys
(6-1, 5-2 ATS)
Kansas State Wildcats
(5-2, 4-3 ATS)
Last week, both the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas State Wildcats lost in NCAA football betting action to teams from the opposite side of the Big XII. Now, they’re get a chance to take on someone from the other half once again, as the two meet up in a critical duel in Manhattan.
The Pokes are still going to control their own destiny in the Big XII South one way or the other whether this game is won or not, but they are certainly going to want to prove that they belong still in the discussion of the best teams in this conference even after losing to the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home last week. What really hasn’t been proven is that the Cowboys can play on the road, though they do have an away victory against Texas Tech to their credit this year. WR Justin Blackmon’s DUI on Tuesday morning will take him out of this college football betting showdown on Saturday, which will take away arguably the best receiver in the nation from QB Brandon Weeden. Instead, the running game might get a shot in the arm once again from RB Kendall Hunter, who has the numbers of a Heisman Trophy candidate. Unfortunately for the senior, no one is really taking notice of the fact that he just ran for 201 yards and two scores on the Nebraska Cornhuskers, or that he has four straight 100+ yard games, or that he has 12 total TDs and is one of four men with at least 1,000 yards on the ground this year… What we found out last week about Okie State is that it is good enough to score on anyone in the country. What we also found out is that the right offense can tear this ‘D’ apart.
It’ll be up to RB Daniel Thomas to get it going on the ground on Saturday to take care of the Pokes in the Little Apple. Thomas is pacing the nation’s No. 25 ranked rushing attack at 205.1 yards per game, and he is going to get to the 1,000 yard mark on the ground for the season with just 105 yards in this one. QB Carson Coffman is going to need to get something going though, whether it be with his arm or his legs, as the defense isn’t going to be able to hold down this offense for very long even if Blackmon isn’t playing. Coffman has thrown for 1,145 yards this year and rushed for 128 more, accounting for 15 total touchdowns against just four INTs. That defense that we just spoke of ranks No. 118 in the nation in rushing defense at 230.7 yards per game and No. 100 overall at 428.3 yards per game. Needless to say, Weeden, Hunter, and the gang are licking their chops at the prospects of going against this unit.
Though the Pokes were blown out at home last weekend, they showed us something that Kansas State just hasn’t shown us this year. The Wildcats only have iffy wins against iffy teams. At least the Cowboys have stuck around with some of the best in the conference. KSU’s loss last week to the Baylor Bears really exposed this defense, and things are only getting worse on Saturday with the Cowboys in town.
College Football Free Picks: Oklahoma State Cowboys -5