Kansas State Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers – College Football, October 31, 2020
The Big 12 showdown in Morgantown should be a nail biter. The Mountaineers narrowly slid by the Wildcats last year in Manhattan, and now Chris Klieman’s group are the ones looking to return to the favor.
A Kansas State vs. West Virginia prediction is on its way, but let’s begin by peeking at the line. On paper, it may catch some of you off guard.
Kansas State vs. West Virginia Odds
The Wildcats are 4-0 in Big 12 play and ranked 16th in both polls (AP and Coaches). West Virginia is coming off a loss to the Red Raiders, and don’t forget that KSU already beat Texas Tech by 10 points on October 3rd.
Now for some betting data.
Kansas State not only arrives at Milan Puskar Stadium on a four-game winning streak, but they’ve also covered the spread in each instance. Meanwhile, WVU is 3-2 ATS, but here’s the kicker.
The Mountaineers failed to cover the spread in Stillwater or Lubbock, but they’re 3-0 ATS at home.
A Look at the Wildcats
No Skylar Thompson means true freshman Will Howard will continue guiding the Wildcats through their gauntlet of Big 12 games. After looking sharp in relief when initially called upon, Howard struggled mightily in his first start at TCU. He got better last weekend against Kansas but now faces his stiffest test.
While Howard is taking some time to get his feet underneath him, another freshman on offense has hit the ground running – quite literally.
Standing just 5’5” and weighing under 170 pounds, Deuce Vaughn has quickly proven that size is just a number.
Power Five yards after catch leaders in Wk 8— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 25, 2020
RB: Deuce Vaughn, K State – 79
WR: Amari Rodgers, Clemson – 97
TE: Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss – 54 pic.twitter.com/ozKVpCCHpf
Vaughn leads the team in rushing and receiving and has reached pay dirt five times. In a nutshell, he’s a “big-play” waiting to happen.
As for the other pass-catchers in the limelight, senior tight end Briley Moore is a reliable target in the middle of the field. Chabastin Taylor has the size and speed to be a sincere threat – specifically in the red-zone.
A Look at the Mountaineers
Averaging more than 460 yards of offense tells you that Neal Brown has plenty of weapons. None more explosive than Leddie Brown, his junior RB averaging 5.8 yards per rush. Brown has scored multiple touchdowns in four of the team’s five games and helps take the pressure off of Jarret Doege in the pocket.
The junior QB has done a nice job spreading the ball around (10 players with 5 or more receptions), and he’s got a sophomore wideout who’s enjoying a breakout season.
Coach Brown has been extolling Winston Wright not only for his incredible skill set, but for his eagerness to be coached and his appetite to improve in all facets of his game.
As productive as Brown and Wright have been, arguably the biggest asset for Brown and his staff is the front seven. The Mountaineers D has racked up 18 sacks through five games and is allowing a minuscule 261.8 yards per game – by far the fewest of anyone in the Big 12.
Kansas State vs. West Virginia Betting Pick
Buckle up for what should be a fantastic battle, hence why this matchup was highlighted as one of the best college football games to watch on Halloween.
If you’re wondering if there’s something fishy about the 16th-ranked team in the country getting 3.5 points versus an unranked team, you’re on the right track. Usually, when something sounds too good to be true when betting online, it’s because it is.
|Per Game Averages – Tale of the Tape|
|Kansas State||West Virginia|
|Passing Yards Allowed||268.8||152.6|
|Rushing Yards Allowed||159.0||109.2|
Now you tell me who is the better team.
I’ll happily back the Mountaineers at home in a Kansas State vs. West Virginia prediction.
How about you?
More College Football Picks on October 31
Halloween is full of action-packed college football games. Once you make a Kansas State vs. West Virginia pick, move right along into the rest of Saturday’s slate.
A couple of the other matchups that caught my eye are featured below.