Kansas State at West Virginia: 10/31/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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West Virginia Mountaineers (3-2) vs Kansas State Wildcats (4-1)
Game Info: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Milan Puskar Stadium)
Betting Odds: West Virginia Mountaineers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 47 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The 16th ranked Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 16th ranked Kansas State Wildcats won their 4th straight game and improved to 4-1 (4-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks, 55-14, this past Saturday. Kansas State had no trouble taking care of business against their in-state rivals and cruised to victory after taking a 34-7 halftime lead. Kansas State outgained Kansas by a 381-320 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Will Howard who completed 17 of 24 passes for 243 yards & 2 TD’s.
On the season, Kansas State is averaging 35.2 ppg on 367.6 total yards per game (238.4 passing yds/g; 129.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kansas State has been led by backfield duo of Deuce Vaughn (61 att, 309 yards, 4 TD) and Harry Trotter (42 att, 122 yards, 3 TD). QB Will Howard (58.9 Comp %, 557 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; 25 att, 116 yards, TD) has done a nice job replacing Skylar Thompson who was lost for the season a few games ago due to a shoulder injury. The top receiving threats for the Wildcats have been Deuce Vaughn (13 rec, 360 yards, TD), Chabastin Taylor (14 rec, 237 yards, TD), Briley Moore (17 rec, 234 yards, 3 TD), and Phillip Brooks (6 rec, 63 yards, TD).
Defensively, Kansas State is allowing their opponents to an average of 23.8 ppg on 427.8 total yards per game (268.8 passing yds/g; 159.0 rushing yds/g).
The West Virginia Mountaineers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-2 (2-2 Big-12) on the season after being defeated by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 34-27, this past Saturday. In a tight back-and-forth game, Texas Tech was able to take the lead for good midway through the 4th quarter on a 56-yard fumble return TD by the Red Raiders Zech McPhearson. West Virginia outgained Texas Tech by a 438-348 margin and committed one turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was QB Jarret Doege who completed 32 of 50 passes for 347 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, West Virginia is averaging 32.2 ppg on 460.8 total yards per game (291.2 passing yds/g; 169.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, West Virginia has been led by RB Leddie Brown who has 592 rushing yards & 7 TD’s on 102 carries while also hauling in 19 receptions for 138 yards & 2 TD’s. In the backfield with Brown has also been RB Alec Sinkfield who has 216 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 48 carries. QB Jarret Doege has completed 64.1% of his passes for 1,389 yards, 9 TD, & 3 INT. The top receivers for the Mountaineers have been Winston Wright Jr. (28 rec, 360 yards, TD), Sam James (23 rec, 224 yards, 2 TD), and Bryce Ford-Wheaton (13 rec, 197 yards, 3 TD).
Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 21.8 ppg on 261.8 total yards per game (152.6 passing yds/g; 109.2 rushing yds/g).
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS on the season and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 conference games. The Mountaineers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 3-0 ATS at home on the season.
Kansas State is a solid team which I imagine the public will be heavily on as their getting points in this one, however, I am not solid on the Wildcats, especially after losing Skylar Thompson for the season. West Virginia, I think matches up well agianst the Wildcats as I think that Jarret Doege and the offensive will have success putting up points at home, I am taking West Virginia to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!