The Thursday night game (7:00 pm ET) game of the week features another pair of Big 12 teams in a week 13 meeting that has plenty of conference and national implications. The 12th ranked Kansas St. Wildcats (7-2) travel to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV to take on the host West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4) in nationally televised matchup. The Wildcats had a bye last week, and lost 41-20 on the road to TCU their last time out to end a five-game winning streak that began after they suffered a 20-14 Thursday night loss at home against Auburn in week 4. K-State has defeated Texas Tech, OKlahoma and Oklahoma St. among others in Big 12 play this season. West Virginia also had a bye last week, and the Mountaineers have lost their last two games to TCU (31-30) and Texas (33-16). WVU owns wins over Baylor and Oklahoma St. in BIg 12 play this season.
Kansas St. is ranked 19th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 36.2 points per game and 54th among FBS teams in total offense with 422.6 yards per contest. K-State features two of the top receivers in the Big 12 in Tyler Lockett (60 receptions, 14.6 yards per catch, 6 TDs) and Curry Sexton (53 receptions, 13.6 YPC, 4 TDs). QB Jake Waters (63.6 completion rate, 13 TDs, 4 INTs) is a dual-threat who has run for 406 yards this season. The Wildcats rank 21st nationally in points allowed with 20.2 per game and 30th in total defense 346.8 YPG allowed.
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West Virginia is ranked 33rd nationally in scoring offense with an average of 34.1 PPG scored and 12th among FBS teams in total offense with 502.2 YPG. QB Clint Trickett is having an excellent season with a 68.3 completion rate and 18 TDs against 8 INTs. His top target wide receiver Kevin White, who has 91 catches (second in the nation) for 1,207 yards (third) and 8 TDs, is having a superb season. The Mountaineers rank 61st nationally in points allowed with 26.4 per game and 56th in total defense 385.2 YPG allowed.
Kansas St. vs. West Virginia Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Kansas St. Wildcats +2
@ West Virginia Mountaineers -2
Over 58 (-110)
Under 58 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Kansas St. vs West Virginia Pick
The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a bye week, 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games following a loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mountaineers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a bye week. The over is 38-15 in the Wildcats’ last 53 games in November, 7-3 in their last 10 conference games and 37-18 in their last 55 road games. The under is 6-0 in the Mountaineers last 6 games overall, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 6-0 in their last 6 Big 12 games.
The Wildcats are one of the top defensive teams in the nation, but the Mountaineers have a very productive, fast-paced attack that has had success despite playing some the top programs in the country including Alabama and Oklahoma. The Mountaineers put up 23 on Alabama and 33 on Oklahoma, so they should not be too intimidated by playing the Wildcats, especially at home. The Mountaineers are not strong on defense, however and K-State can put points up as well ranking in top 20 nationally in scoring offense. This game is a toss-up against the spread, but there should be plenty of scoring here. Take the OVER in this one.