Kansas State at Kansas Prediction - College Football Picks 11/18/23
Kansas Jayhawks (7-3) vs Kansas State Wildcats (7-3)
Game Info: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Kivisto Field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium)
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The Kansas State Wildcats will make the in-state trip to Lawrence to face the Kansas Jayhawks this weekend in Big 12 play from David Booth Stadium on FS1. Kansas hasn’t won this matchup since Mark Mancini and Todd Reesing graced the sidelines, as KState has won 14 straight meetings, but KU still leads the all-time series, 65-50-6.
Kansas State Wildcats Preview
Kansas State moved to 7-3 after defeating Baylor at home, 59-25. The Wildcats had their best offensive effort of the season, and they’ll look to keep rolling here against KU. The KState offense is scoring 36.9 ppg, while passing for 242.0 ypg, rushing for 232.7 ypg, and converting 52.6% of their third downs.
KState Player Notes
Will Howard played well in the blowout victory over TCU, finishing 206 yards and three touchdown tosses. The veteran quarterback looks like he’s put the loss to Oklahoma State behind him, and he’ll look to lead KState to a third straight victory this weekend. Howard has passed for 1,464 yards, with 12 touchdowns to seven interceptions, and he’s rushed for 289 yards and six scores thru seven games.
Sophomore back DJ Giddens scored in the win over TCU, and he leads the team in rushing yards (626).
FSU transfer Treshaun Ward led the way with 89 yards on the ground, and he’s up to 426 yards rushing for the season.
Senior wideout Phillip Brooks has caught four passes or more in five of seven games this season, and he leads KSU in receptions (34) for 354 receiving yards.
The KSU defense has allowed 18.1 points per game.
Kansas Jayhawks Preview
Kansas moved to 7-3 after losing to Texas Tech at home, 16-13. The Jayhawks nearly rallied back in the fourth after being held scoreless all game, and they’ll look to regroup here in this rivalry matchup. The Kansas offense is scoring 34.9 ppg, while passing for 235.9 ypg, rushing for 198.1 ypg, and converting 49% of their third downs.
Kansas Player Notes
Jason Bean and Jalon Daniels are set to miss this game, after the former went down in the loss to TCU. Freshman QB Cole Ballard will likely get the call again, and he struggled last week with TTU, going 9/20 for 124 yards with a pick.
Junior back Devin Neal has scored in consecutive contests, and he leads KU in rushing yards (828) and touchdowns (9) through nine games.
Sophomore RB Daniel Hinshaw has scored in six of the six games, and he’s second on the team with splits of 89/517/8.
Third-year wideout Lawrence Arnold went for a season-high 112 yards in the win over ISU, and he leads the team in receptions (31) and receiving yards (515).
The KU defense has allowed 27.3 points per game.
Kansas State vs Kansas Trends
KSTATE is 8-2 against the spread, with a 6-4 O/U record.
KU is 5-5 ATS, with a 5-4-1 over/under record.
Corey’s Free Pick
Kansas missing both of their starting quarterbacks really alters what this home spot could’ve been for them, but I still feel like Lance Leipold gets his team ready to play this weekend. This one usually means more, and with both schools sitting at 7-3, there’s motivation for both schools, as state bragging rights will be on the line. Let’s spot Kansas the points at home for this year’s Sunflower Showdown.