Kansas State vs Kansas Expert College Football Picks 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
Skylar Thompson and the Kansas State Wildcats are headed to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas opens this matchup as 6.5-point dogs. The Wildcats are 5-2-0 ATS and 3-4-0 when betting on the total. The Jayhawks are 5-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 4-4-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Kansas State Wildcats went up against the Oklahoma Sooners and notched a win by a score of 48-41. Running the show from under center for the Wildcats was Skylar Thompson who went 18/28 with 213 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He finished the game without throwing an interception. James Gilbert paced the team in rushing in the game. He had a long run of 26 yards and he ran for 1 TD during the game. He rushed for a total of 105 yards by way of 13 carries which meant he averaged 8.1 yards per run. Dalton Schoen was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 68 yards on 5 receptions. He had an average of 13.6 yards per catch in the game. The Wildcats ran the ball 45 times and generated 213 yards which earned them an average of 4.7 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, they ran 73 plays for a total of 426 yards. On the day, the Wildcats earned 24 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 36 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. When discussing the defense, Kansas State allowed 19 completions on 27 throws for a total of 395 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.4%. On the ground, the Wildcats allowed 102 yards on 26 tries which is an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For this contest, they allowed 497 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Wildcats head into this matchup 5-2 for the 2019 season. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 32.7 points per contest, ranking them 43rd in the country. As a team, they are averaging 202 yards on the ground per contest which is 5th in the Big 12 Conference. For total yardage, they sit in 9th in the Big 12 and 112th in the country with 2,658 yards. The Wildcats have one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing 21.9 points per contest ranking them 2nd in the Big 12 Conference. When it comes to rushing yards, Kansas State is giving up 181.9 yards per game which has them at 9th in the Big 12 Conference and 90th in the nation. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.6 yards per carry putting them 10th in the Big 12 and 123rd in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,273 yards rushing through 7 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Wildcats have conceded 1,244 yards. Opponents are completing 56.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.5 yards per attempt.
In their last game, the Kansas Jayhawks took on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and won by a score of 37-34. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Jayhawks was Carter Stanley who went 26/37 with 415 yards passing and threw 3 touchdowns. He tossed 1 pick during the game. Pooka Williams Jr. led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 22 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 69 yards by way of 21 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Stephon Robinson Jr. was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 186 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 31.0 yards per catch for the game. The Jayhawks rushed the ball a total of 32 times and earned 112 yards which had them averaging 3.5 yards per run. In all, they totaled 69 plays for a total of 527 yards. Overall, the Jayhawks racked up 22 1st downs and they had 8 infractions for 88 yards which is telling in terms of discipline. When it comes to their defensive performance, Kansas gave up 23 catches on 34 throws totaling 271 yards, and a completion percentage of 67.6%. Overall, they allowed 483 yards and forced 1 takeaway. On the ground, the Jayhawks gave up 212 yards on 45 carries which is an average of 4.7 yards per attempt allowed.
The Jayhawks head into this game 3-5. In discussing the offensive production, the Jayhawks have an offense that could be called mediocre in the country. Kansas has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 165.4 rushing yards per game, putting them 71st in the country. As a team, they have a total of 1,323 rushing yards through 8 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Jayhawks average 402.9 yards per contest overall ranking them 71st in college football and 8th in the Big 12. The Jayhawks are allowing 32.8 points per game which puts them at 9th in the conference and 106th in D-1. In terms of points allowed, they have allowed 262 total points. In regard to yards on the ground, they are allowing 222 yards per contest which puts them at 123rd in Division 1 and 10th in the conference. For this season, they have conceded 1,776 rushing yards and 16 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the middle of the road units in college football. They are conceding 251.5 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Jayhawks are currently ranked 7th in the Big 12.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Jayhawks NCAA football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Jayhawks +6.5
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