Kansas State Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Odds - Free Point Spread Pick
Kansas State comes off a bye this Thursday night to square-off against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium in a big matchup in the Big 12 title race. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1.
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The Wildcats may have faded from the national playoff picture with their disappointing 41-20 loss to TCU their last time out as 6.5-point road favorites, but they remain in the thick of the Big 12 title race with a 5-1 straight-up record in conference play. They went into last week's bye with an overall record of 7-2 SU and they are 6-3 against the spread this season. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four games as well as in all three previous road games this year.
The 41 points that Kansas State gave-up against TCU was just the fourth time this season that an opponent had scored more than 20 points on this defense. Overall, this unit is ranked 21st in the nation in points allowed (21.1). The Wildcats' offense is putting up an average of 36.2 points a game, which is ranked 20th in the country. Jake Walters has led the way in the passing game with 2,169 yards and 13 touchdown throws and his favorite target has been Tyler Lockett, with 60 receptions for 878 yards and six scores. Waters is also second on the team in rushing with 406 yards and seven touchdowns on 102 carries.
West Virginia also fell prey to TCU this season in a tight last-second 31-30 loss as a 3.5-point home underdog on Nov. 1. The Mountaineers stumbled again their last time out with a stunning 33-16 loss to Texas two weeks ago as three-point road favorites. This two-game slide as dropped them to 6-4 both SU and ATS. The total stayed UNDER the 51-point closing line against the Longhorns and it has now stayed UNDER in their last six games.
The Mountaineers' defense has struggled with consistency all season long and, coming off their bye week, this unit is ranked 62nd in the country in points allowed (26.4). The have been able to outpace this average behind an offense that is scoring 34.1 points a game. This is going to have to be the recipe for success to pull-out a win in this Thursday night's matchup. West Virginia's passing offense is ranked 12th in the nation in yards per game (318.0) with Clint Trickett running the show. He has passed for 3,173 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing an impressive 68.3 percent of his 394 attempts.
The Wildcats are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 road games including a 17-5 ATS record on the road in their last 22 conference games. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six road games.
The Mountaineers are 2-5 both SU and ATS in their last seven home games in Big 12 play and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games played at home.
These two have met the past two seasons with Kansas State winning both games SU and ATS. The total stayed UNDER in both contests.
Free Kansas State vs. West Virginia Point Spread Pick
There is much more on the line for the Wildcats in this matchup and playing at home has not really been much of an advantage for West Virginia lately. Stick with Kansas State as one of this week's "best bets" to bounce-back from the costly loss to TCU with a strong showing this Thursday night that leads to a SU win on the road.