It’s a potential trap game on Saturday for Kansas State as the Wildcats host a Kansas team they should easily handle, but KSU could be due for a letdown after its big upset of Oklahoma. K-State is a 24-point favorite on WagerWeb.com.
KSU was off last week after shocking the Sooners 24-19 in Norman on Sept. 22. John Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble and returned it for a score in the upset. Collin Klein picked up 228 yards of total offense and ran for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter in a solid performance that outshined and error-filled night by Sooners quarterback Landry Jones. K-State coach Bill Snyder got just his second win vs. Bob Stoops. His only other win head-to-head had come in the 2003 Big 12 championship game, with the Wildcats losing in the other eight meetings.
The fumble return for a touchdown was one of three turnovers forced by the Wildcats vs. OU. It was the first time a K-State team forced three or more turnovers against Oklahoma since at least 2001.
K-State was 3-of-3 in the red zone on Saturday night with two touchdowns and a field goal. The Wildcats are 18-of-20 in the red zone this season. Of the last 80 red zone chances dating back to last season, K-State has scored 71 times, including 54 touchdowns. Over the last 14 regular season games, K-State is 63-of-70 in the red zone with 52 touchdowns. In the last six wins, K-State is 29-of-31 in the red zone with 23 touchdowns.
Kansas also had last week off. The Jayhawks last took the field Sept. 22 and lost 30-23 at Northern Illinois to drop to 1-3 in Charlie Weis’ first season. Northern Illinois running back Leighton Settle scored on a 2-yard run with 4:33 left to cap a 53-yard drive and the Huskies’ 17-point fourth quarter. The short field was set up when Huskies defensive back Joe Windsor sacked Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist. KU has now lost 16 straight road games.
The Jayhawks lead the all-time series with the Wildcats, 65-39-5, but have lost three-straight to KSU entering the 2012 contest. Kansas owns a 28-23-3 advantage in games played in Manhattan and picked up a 30-24 win over the Wildcats in 2007.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Kansas State. Favorite is 14-3 ATS in their last 17 meetings. Jayhawks are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 meetings. Jayhawks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Kansas State.