NCAA Football – Week 14
The 2012 Big XII Championship could be handed out on Saturday night in the “Little Apple,” where the Kansas State Wildcats hope to hold on as heavy favorites on the college football betting odds against the Texas Longhorns.
Texas has really had a tale of a few seasons this year. The team started off winning games in solid fashion, and then it hit a midseason lull that was capped off by a dismal 63-21 loss to the hated Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry. The Horns played well for some time after that and were right back on the verge of going to the BCS, but ultimately, they were trounced last week at home by the TCU Horned Frogs. The one consistent has been Head Coach Mack Brown’s inability to want to stick with just one quarterback. QB David Ash had the job for the mass majority of the year, and his season numbers don’t suggest that he has struggled that much. However, at every turn, it felt like QB Case McCoy was there to take over, and now, McCoy is going to get the starting nod. More than ever, it is the Texas defense that is going to have to really step up to contain Kansas State if this is even remotely going to be a game.
Doesn’t it feel like forever ago that the Wildcats were the favorites to win the National Championship? They were the No. 1 team in the country two weeks ago when they were beaten by the Baylor Bears on the road. Now, their chances of playing for the title are shot, and if the aforementioned Sooners win earlier in the day, the only hope likely of getting into the BCS is by winning this game. A victory or an Oklahoma loss would send Kansas State to the Fiesta Bowl, while a loss would send them to goodness knows where. The BCS isn’t out of the question, but it isn’t a guarantee by any stretch of the imagination. The other item at hand of course, is the Heisman Trophy. QB Collin Klein is likely a finalist right now, and he could still ultimately do anything from win the award with an outstanding game on Saturday to falling clear out of the race and out of the finalist position as well with a terrible showing in this one. Klein is a dual threat of course, and he is going to be a threat every time he gets the ball in his hands both as a passer, where he has 14 TDs, and a rusher, where he has 787 yards and 20 trips to the end zone.
This is a whole heck of a lot of points to be giving to Texas in this one. Sure, McCoy is rather raw, but he still has a team around him that is a heck of an outfit. We’re not saying that this one is going to end in an upset, but there is a real chance that it could be a lot closer than the oddsmakers are suggesting. Kansas State 37 – Texas 31