Oklahoma State Cowboys: -14 ½
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Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh has had a solid year, but he picked a poor time to put forth his first stinker of the season. Last Saturday against West Virginia, Walsh threw for 321 yards, but a pair of interceptions proved to be costly, as the Cowboys were upset. Walsh must recover quickly, as NCAAF gambling sharks are eager to see if this team is a contender or pretender.
The Cowboys still rank among the nation’s best teams in terms of passing offense, and Walsh has a lot to do with that. They should be able to have some success against a K-State defense that has struggled this year, especially with big-play offenses. It helps Walsh to have a running back such as Jeremy Smith, who adds a potent rushing attack to what the QB can do with both his arms and legs.
For the Wildcats and the NCAAF gamblers who support them, this game is a big test for several reasons. After the loss to Texas and a bye week, head coach Bill Snyder’s team must prove it still can compete for the Big 12 title, which it won last year. Kansas State doesn’t really have a dominant offense of any kind, but must be able to mix in both runs and throws in order to move the ball down the field. Three of KSU’s four games this year have gone ‘under’ the projected point total.
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series between the two schools 36-23, and the Cowboys have won three of the past four. Kansas State won last year, covering the point spread in the process.
Free pick: Both teams need this as a bounce back game. Good thing then for Oklahoma State that they are the better team and playing at home. The Cowboys rarely lose outright at Boone Pickens Stadium, and Walsh should play better in his comfortable surroundings. Take OSU to win and cover the NCAAF gambling spread. However, bet the ‘under’ as well, as Kansas State won’t have enough to match what the Cowboys put on the scoreboard.
Oklahoma State recovers from their loss with a big win over Kansas State