TCU vs. Kansas State - 11/3/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (3-5) at TCU Horned Frogs (3-5)
College Football: Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Amon Carter Stadium)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Amon G. Carter Stadium to take on the TCU Horned Frogs this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Kansas State Wildcats dropped to 3-5 (1-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 8th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 51-14, this past Saturday. Kansas State had no answers on either side of the football for agianst the Sooners and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 34-7 margin at halftime. Kansas State was outgained by Oklahoma by a 702-245 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Skylar Thompson who completed 13 of 21 passes for 108 yards while also adding 54 yards and a TD on the ground. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 22.1 ppg on 443.1 total yards per game (251.5 passing yds/g; 191.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kansas State has been led by RB Alex Barnes who has 9 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 102 rushing yds/g on 18.9 att/g. QB Skylar Thompson has completed 56.2% of his passes for 5 TD & 3 INT while averaging 123.5 passing yds/g. Thompson is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Wildcats as he has 4 rushing TD’s while averaging 44.9 rushing yds/g on 10.0 att/g. The top receivers for the Wildcats have been Isaiah Zuber (5.1 rec/g; 62.0 yds/g; 3 TD) and Dalton Schoen (2.9 rec/g; 48.3 yds/g; 2 TD). Defensively, Kansas State is allowing their opponents to average 28.3 ppg on 443.1 total yards per game (251.5 passing yds/g; 191.6 rushing yds/g).
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The TCU Horned Frogs lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-5 (1-4 Big 12) on the season after being upset by the Kansas Jayhawks, 27-26, this past Saturday. TCU was able to move the ball on the offensive end as expected, however, couldn’t come with points when they needed them after Kansas took a 27-24 lead with 6:13 left in regulation on a 28 yard TD reception by Pooka Williams Jr. TCU outgained Kansas by a 504-307 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was WR Jalen Reagor who had 177 receiving yards and a TD on 8 receptions. On the season, TCU is averaging 28.1 ppg on 408.0 total yards per game (242.9 passing yds/g; 165.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, TCU recently lost best offensive weapon in QB Shawn Robinson due to a shoulder injury and now will hope Michael Collins can help the Horned Frogs turn their season around. Collins was solid in a great match-up against Kansas in his first start of the season as he completed 23 of 33 passes for 351 yards, 1 TD, and a INT. The top receiving threats for TCU this season have been Jalen Reagor (5.8 rec/g; 80.3 yds/g; 5 TD) and Taye Barber (2.6 rec/g; 27.1 yds/g; 2 TD). Leading the way for the Horned Grogs has been the duo of Darius Anderson (11.34 att/g; 60.3 yds/g; 2 TD) and Sewo Olonilua (10.4 att/g; 44.0 yds/g; TD). Defensively, TCU is allowing their opponents to average 25.0 ppg on 339.3 total yards per game (194.3 passing yds/g; 145.0 rushing yds/g).
The Wildcats are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Horned Frogs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a losing record and just 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Both of these teams are having disappointing seasons and know that this game is almost a must win if they want to make it to a bowl game this season. Kansas State recently had an impressive 31-12 win at home against Oklahoma State however, the Wildcats have really struggled on the road this season as they’ve lost by an average of 23 ppg. TCU had a rough week last week as not only did they loss to a Kansas team that hadn’t won a game in October in this decade, they lost QB Shane Robinson to injury while also dismissing their best playmaker in KaVontae Turpin. TCU is always a tough place to play, however, their program looks a bit in shambles at the moment as Kansas State has at least looked competitive recently in their games at Baylor and at home against Oklahoma State, I’m taking Kansas State and the points in this one.