Kansas State Wildcats at West Virginia Mountaineers - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (2-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to play the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 conference matchup this weekend.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 3-0 this season after beating BYU in their last game by a score of 35-32. West Virginia was outgained in total yards in this game, but was able to take advantage of some BYU turnovers to get the win. The West Virginia offense is averaging 33 points per game with 208.3 rushing yards and 324.7 passing yards per game. Skyler Howard is completing 68.5% of his passes for 974 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for West Virginia. Justin Crawford has rushed for 227 yards and 1 touchdown, while Rushel Shell has rushed for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Mountaineers. Daikiel Shorts has caught 19 passes for 246 yards and 2 scores, while Shelton Gibson has caught 16 passes for 354 yards and 2 touchdowns for West Virginia. The West Virginia defense is giving up 21.3 points per game with 215 rushing yards and 247.7 passing yards per game. Rasul Douglas has led the Mountaineers defense with 20 tackles and 1 interception, while Justin Arndt has added 18 tackles and 1 sack. Mike Molina has gone 5-6 on field goals for West Virginia, with a long of 33 yards.
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The Kansas State Wildcats are 2-1 this season after beating Missouri State in their last game by a score of 35-0. Kansas State scored 35 first half points, then the game was called, giving the Wildcats an easy victory. The Kansas State offense is averaging 37 points per game with 197.7 rushing yards and 169 passing yards per game. Jesse Ertz is completing 56.4% of his passes for 418 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Kansas State. Jesse Ertz has rushed for 145 yards and 1 touchdown, while Charles Jones has rushed for 106 yards and 1 touchdown for the Wildcats. Dominique Heath has caught 8 passes for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Deante Burton has hauled in 6 passes for 84 yards for Kansas State. The Kansas State defense is giving up 11 points per game with 72.3 rushing yards and 106.7 passing yards per game. Elijah Lee has led the Kansas State defense with 19 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, while Jordan Willis has added 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Matt McCrane has gone 2-4 on field goals for Kansas State this season, with a long of 30 yards.
Kansas State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. The over is 5-2 in Kansas State’s last 7 games on turf. West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 conference games. The under is 14-3 in West Virginia’s last 17 conference games. The under is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 meetings.
West Virginia has started the season strong and has a high-powered offense. Kansas State plays some of the better defense in the Big 12, but hasn’t faced an offense like West Virginia’s yet this season. The Kansas State offense has been an issue in recent years and still doesn’t look great. I think they will be able to score a little bit on the Mountaineers defense, but they don’t have the offense to hang with them. I like West Virginia here.