Kansas State Wildcats (7-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 20, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +1 -- Over/Under:
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The Kansas State Wildcats and West Virginia Mountaineers play Thursday night at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Kansas State Wildcats look to bounce back from their loss to the TCU Horned Frogs a couple of weeks ago that eliminated them from the playoffs. Jake Waters is completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Waters has four touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Kansas State has 21 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton have combined for more than 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Deante Burton has four of his 16 receptions in his last two games. Kansas State’s ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, as Charles Jones and Waters have combined for more than 800 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Kansas State is undefeated when Jones scores at least twice. Defensively, the Kansas State Wildcats are allowing 21.1 points, 346.8 yards, and they’ve forced 14 sacks and 13 turnovers. Jonathan Truman leads KSU with 85 tackles and Dakorey Johnson has seven tackles for loss.
The West Virginia Mountaineers look to snap their two-game skid and secure a decent bowl game. WVU is led by Clint Trickett, who is completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Trickett has three touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and West Virginia has 30 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Kevin White and Mario Alford have combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, while Jordan Thompson has five or more catches in three straight games. West Virginia’s ground game is averaging four yards per carry, and Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell have combined for eight touchdowns. West Virginia has run the ball at least 40 times in nine straight games. Defensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 26.4 points, 385.2 yards, and they’ve forced 15 sacks and nine turnovers. Nick Kwiatkoski leads WVU with 79 tackles and Shaquille Riddick has five sacks.
The Wildcats are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mountaineers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 conference games and 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
I've said it allyear, winning in Morgantown, especially night, is one of the harder things to do in college football. Give me West Virignia and the point, as this line is a steal in my eyes.