Normally, the Kansas-Kansas State showdown is a lot bigger news on the basketball court than on the football field, but the Wildcats still have a shot at the Big 12 Championship, and Kansas football is playing its best since 2008 – which is also the last time the Jayhawks actually won in the Sunflower Showdown. Jayhawks quarterback Jason Bean suffered a head injury in last week’s setback against Texas Tech and remains questionable; his status is key to the chances that Kansas has to win at home, and his injury is one reason why this line opened at Kansas State -3 and has jumped up five points. Let’s break down this Big 12 showdown between Kansas State vs Kansas as you plan your weekend of NCAAF betting.
College Football #25 Kansas State Wildcats at Kansas Jayhawks Betting Odds
When: Saturday, November 18, 2023, 7:00 pm ET
Where: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: Hulu
Why should you bet on the Kansas State Wildcats?
Kansas State steamrolled the Baylor Bears last week, turning a 35-13 lead into a 59-25 laugher. Quarterback Will Howard threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns, one of which went to Ben Sinnott, who had three catches for 68 yards on the day. Tailback D.J. Giddens led the running attack with 115 yards. The Wildcats now average 38.6 points per game and have stacked up 47 total touchdowns in their first nine games. They average 204.2 rushing yards and 248.4 passing yards per game, giving them a nice balance. Howard has a solid 21:8 TD:INT ratio.
Kansas State has managed to turn things up in November, historically. They are 17-1 in their last 18 games in November when favored to beat an unranked team, and they have a six-game winning streak against the spread when favored against unranked teams. In Big 12 play, they have won the first half in 15 of their last 18 games, which makes the victory much easier.
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Why should you put your money on the Kansas Jayhawks?
Kansas started the season 7-2 with an offense that put up 35.3 points per game. They also have solid balance, averaging 198.1 yards per game on the ground and 235.9 yards per game through the air. The quarterbacks have posted a 15:5 TD:INT ratio, with the team scoring 22 times on the ground. Against Texas Tech, Kansas trailed 13-0 going into the fourth quarter before mounting a terrific comeback, falling just short in a 16-13 loss. Devin Neal pounded the ball for 137 yards and a score on 19 attempts.
In Kansas’ last five games, the underdog has covered the spread each time, and Kansas has played Big 12 opponents at home well recently, winning the first quarter in three of their last four contests. The offense struggled last week without Bean, only picking up 137 passing yards. Whether the team can cover or even win here will really depend on Bean’s status, so I wouldn’t put much down on this game until his status is clarified.
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Without Bean, the Jayhawks had a hard time moving the ball against Texas Tech, which is not an elite defensive team, until the fourth quarter. Kansas State is a tough Big 12 contender and has beaten Jayhawks by double figures in all but two of their meetings since 2008. If Bean is out, I predict a final score of Kansas State 37, Kansas 13.
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