K-State’s Bid For Redemption Highlights Thursday Action


The Kansas State Wildcats were nothing but disappointing in their last game against TCU. But they still have an opportunity to claim at least a share of the Big 12 title, and they take a step toward that as they take the field on Thursday night (7:30 PM ET) against the West Virginia Mountaineers. At America’s Bookie, West Virginia is a 2.5-point favorite in the college football betting odds.

Thankfully for Kansas State, the team had a bye week after the beatdown suffered at the hands of TCU, which held the Wildcats to 34 yards rushing. It appears that Bill Snyder’s team was overwhelmed with speed in that game. And he is concerned about the psychological state of his team at the moment. West Virginia is not the kind of team you want to go to sleep on; Clint Trickett has made a lot of progress since last year at quarterback in Dana Holgorsen’s offense. And the Mountaineers have played both Alabama (33-23) and TCU (31-30) extremely tough. Admittedly they may have been looking ahead to this game as they lost to Texas last time out, but they have had a week off as well, as they look for revenge for last year’s 35-12 loss at Little Manhattan.

Kansas state Jake Waters was very steady in last season’s meeting, completing 10 of 13 passes with three touchdowns. And he has an extremely capable receiver corps to throw to, including Tyler Lockett, who was caught 60 passes for 878 yards. In Snyder’s second tenure as head coach at K-State, he has been extremely potent when getting points, compiling a 23-10 ATS record.

Don’t look now, but the Duke Blue Devils may be on their way to a rematch with Florida State for the ACC championship. This time around, it may not turn out any better for them, but it has nonetheless been remarkable what David Cutcliffe has done at the helm. Can they win against archrival North Carolina? The Tar Heels have had a very up-and-down season, and it has been punctuated by a massive academic scandal. However, they can still salvage bowl eligibility with a victory here, and they’re coming off a win over Pittsburgh in which they gained 502 yards. Duke is the #25 team in the country, but their defense probably hasn’t encountered many quarterbacks quite like Marquise Williams, who scored three times on the ground against the Pitt Panthers. At stake here is the Victory Bell, which goes to the winner, and which Duke will be trying to emerge victorious for the third time in a row. In the college football betting odds posted on this game at America’s Bookie, Duke is a six-point favorite, and the total in the game is 66 points.

In a 9:30 PM Eastern time start, two Sun Belt representatives get together, as the Arkansas State Red Wolves pay a visit to the Texas State Bobcats. Arkansas State, in Blake Anderson’s first year as head coach, have compiled a 6-4 straight-up record, but they had a very dissatisfying result last week as they blew a two-touchdown lead against Appalachian State. Prior to that, they had scored 181 points over a four-game stretch. Obviously they would be bowl eligible right now with six victories, and Texas State can get there as well, with one victory in either of the last two games (although this does not necessarily guarantee a bowl bid). Fredi Knighton is the man to watch in this game. He is an excellent dual-threat quarterback for the Red Wolves who has just four interceptions on the season and has run for 582 yards. Last year Arkansas State easily won a 38-21 decision at home behind 328 rushing yards. This year they are laying six points on the road in the latest college football odds at America’s Bookie.

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