Kansas State Wildcats (2-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -14.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas State Wildcats and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Saturday in college football action at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Kansas State Wildcats take to the road for the first time this season and hope to get off to an impressive 3-1 start. The Kansas State Wildcats have won each of their last three road games. Skylar Thompson is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 360 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Thompson and Alex Delton have combined for three touchdown passes and three interceptions. Isaiah Zuber and Dalton Schoen have combined for 353 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Zach Reuter has five receptions. The Kansas State Wildcats ground game is averaging 177.6 yards per contest, and Alex Barnes leads the way with 228 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Kansas State is allowing 24 points and 390.7 yards per game. Duke Shelley leads the Kansas State Wildcats with 15 tackles, Reggie Walker has one sack and Wyatt Hubert has one interception.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have had an extra week to prepare after the game against NC State has been canceled, and they look for a 3-0 start for the third time in the last four years. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won six of their last eight home games. Will Grier is completing 76.7 percent of his passes for 761 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Grier has 13 touchdown passes in his last four games. Gary Jennings Jr. and David Sills V have combined for 383 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Marcus Simms has 10 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 203.5 yards per contest, and Leddie Brown leads the way with 148 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 15.5 points and 297 yards per game. David Long Jr. leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 23 tackles, Reese Donahue has one sack and Dravon Askew-Henry has one interception.
The Wildcats are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a bye week. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
I'm very high on the West Virginia Mountaineers, as I even locked in a future bet for them to win the national title. West Virginia has a chance to be this years Oklahoma, and Grier is a serious Heisman candidate. With that said, I always try to back Kansas State whenever I can get points, as Bill Snyder has his team as ready as any program in the country, and despite lacking elite talent, the Wildcats compete. West Virginia has won the last two meetings against Kansas State by a combined six points. The Kansas State Wildcats are also 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games when a double-digit underdog. I have to side with the points in this spot, even though West Virginia is a scoring machine and dangerous to bet against.