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Kansas State Texas Betting: Kansas State And Texas Vie For Big 12 Positioning

Posted by Blake Frazier on 11/16/2011 6:11:11 PM
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The Kansas State Wildcats and the Texas Longhorns won’t win the Big 12 championship this year, but they can both take a big step toward a better bowl game by winning this Saturday.

Kansas State Wildcats @ Texas Longhorns - Saturday, November 19

Sports betting line: Texas -9.5

Why Kansas State Will Win

The college football betting  experts who are looking at this game are wondering how Texas can possibly be favored by nine points. Sure, Texas is playing at home, but can that one fact enable the Longhorns to not only win this game, but claim it by more than one score? The Longhorns will be playing without star running back Fozzy Whittaker, who suffered a gruesome injury last week in a road loss at Missouri. Whittaker kept defenses honest – he forced a defensive front seven, especially linebackers, to stay near the tackle box and focus on Texas’s ground game. Without him, it will be much harder for the Longhorns to establish the kind of run-pass balance they want. It’s true that quarterback David Ash showed surprising speed and a heightened degree of precision against Texas Tech a few weeks ago, but one must realize that Texas Tech is in the midst of a tremendous tailspin. Texas’ offense is simply lacking the weapons it needs to keep up with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who has become a one-man playmaking machine in the Big 12 this season. Klein has topped 1,500 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. He’s accounted for 34 touchdowns, 10 in the air and a whopping 24 on the ground. Klein’s throwing mechanics aren’t textbook perfect, but he is absolutely fearless. He bounces off tacklers at the first point of contact and knows his way around a football field. The fact that Klein can make plays in multiple ways makes KSU’s offense less predictable than Texas’ offense. The more you contemplate this game, the more you realize this should be something close to a pick-‘em game, not a nine-point spread for the Longhorns.

Why Texas Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you need to realize that a few weeks ago, a lot of people were incredulous that Texas could be posted as an 11-point favorite against a Texas Tech team that had beaten Oklahoma a few weeks before. However, Texas’ offense flourished in a thorough demolition of the Red Raiders. This is another game in which the spread might seemingly be way too large, but one needs to notice that as long as the Longhorns are playing at home, they stand a good chance of performing well on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback David Ash is steadily learning how to play the position; he struggled last week at Missouri, but his poor performance in a 17-5 loss was largely due to the fact that his teammate, star running back Fozzy Whittaker, got injured in the first half. Texas had to absorb a difficult blow, and it was hard for the Longhorns to adjust on the fly, both mentally and tactically. Now, Texas has had a week to regroup, giving offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin a chance to formulate the right game plan. Texas has made considerable strides on offense from September, when it looked horrible. The Longhorns can easily surprise people in this contest.

Who Will Win

It’s going to be a dogfight down to the wire, but one thing’s very likely: Kansas State is going to cover the spread. Texas might win the game outright, but KSU will stay close because of Klein’s playmaking ability and the injury to Whittaker. Too many factors play in Kansas State’s favor on Saturday. Take the Wildcats.



College Football Betting Pick: Kansas State

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