In-state rivals clash on Thursday night as the Kansas Jayhawks play host to the Kansas State Wildcats. The Jayhawks come into the game with a 2-3 record (2-3 ATS), while the Wildcats are 4-1 (2-3 ATS). Game time is set for 7:30 PM EST.
Kansas State is coming into this game on a low after getting pounded 48-13 last week by Nebraska, ending their undefeated start to the season. The Wildcats were severely outgained in the game and did not look like the same team that opened the season up with 4 straight wins. The team ranks 26th in the nation in rushing the football, with 208.2 yards per game on the ground. They are led by tailback Daniel Thomas, who has 691 yards rushing, to go with 6 touchdowns. The team plays very well against the pass on defense. Kansas State is allowing just 150.2 yards per game through the air, which is good for 7th in the nation. However, the team is ranked 116th against the run, allowing opponents to pile up 246.6 yards per game rushing against them.
The Jayhawks haven’t played since October 2nd, and maybe that’s a good thing. They were pummelled on that day by Baylor, by a score of 55-7. They have alternated poor performances with strong ones so far this season under first year head coach Turner Gill. The team has not been particularly strong in any area on offense or defense this season. They are scoring just 19.2 points per game, which is 101st in the NCAA. On defense, things aren’t much better. The team is ranked 73rd or worse in in points allowed, rushing yards allowed and total yards allowed on a per game basis. QB Jordan Webb has been a bright spot with 796 passing yards and 6 touchdowns versus only 3 interceptions. Not too bad for a freshman.
Kansas State vs. Kansas Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Kansas State Wildcats -3
@ Kansas Jayhawks +3
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Kansas State vs. Kansas Prediction for Betting Week 7:
Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – With the teams being Big 12 rivals, there is a fair bit of history to draw on and some trends to look at prior to Thursday night’s matchup. The Wildcats have been the better team so far in this season, save for last week’s debacle against the Cornhuskers. In the last 15 meetings, Kansas State is 11-4 ATS versus Kansas. They are favored in this game, and the favorite has gone 12-3 in the last 15 games in the series. Take a look at K-State in this matchup.
Top Play Prediction: KANSAS STATE -3.
Game Total Prediction – Kansas State can put up some points with Daniel Thomas at tailback. In games where the Jayhawks have played well, they have done the same. In the last 4 matchups between the two teams in Kansas, the total has gone over in every one of them. The total has also gone over in 6 of the last 8 for Kansas. Look for a high scoring affair in this game. The Jayhawks don’t play much defense so it could be a field day for Thomas and company.
Prediction: OVER 50.5 points