Oklahoma State is visiting Kansas this week after getting blown out pretty soundly last week against Kansas State. Kansas is coming off a bye but lost before the bye to Baylor. This will be an interesting matchup to help determine the pecking order of the Big 12. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Oklahoma State vs. Kansas Odds
Oklahoma State is a 2-point road favorite against Kansas and is also at -155 on the money line. The over/under is also at 65.5. Oklahoma State being a slight 2-point favorite here makes sense because while they did get blown out last week, they’ve still shown enough to be favored here even on the road against a better than expected Kansas team. The over/under makes a lot of sense here too. Even with it being at 65.5 it makes sense because both Oklahoma State and Kansas average points into the high 30s and 40s.
Oklahoma State vs. Kansas Prediction & Pick
The Pick: Oklahoma State -2
Oklahoma State had a very bad day last Saturday against Kansas State. When you lose 48-0 there’s nowhere to go, but up. The Cowboys have been winning games this year based on their offense, and this is the perfect game for them to get back on track. There’s a high possibility that this ends up being a shootout going back and forth between the two teams and in that situation Oklahoma State is the one to trust more. Spencer Sanders has easily been the Cowboys best player at quarterback especially with an inconsistent running game for Oklahoma State this year. The offense has been averaging 39 points and 436 total yards a game which is why it was so shocking about what happened last week.
Kansas, on the other hand, has been an amazing story this year even with them faltering a bit the last few weeks. They are another team that has been having defensive issues and are giving up 439 total yards and 31 points a game. Another huge factor working against the Jayhawks, is that Jalon Daniels injured his shoulder against TCU and hasn’t been back since. Jason Bean has filled in well for Daniels, but Daniels was and is the biggest leader for that team, and it takes an emotional toll without your leader there. Expect a shootout in Lawrence, Kansas and potentially take the over. Oklahoma State should escape here with a win because their quarterback is just more trustworthy.
Oklahoma State vs. Kansas Key Matchups
Can Kansas slow down Spencer Sanders at all? Will Oklahoma State be able to contain Jason Bean?
Spencer Sanders vs the Kansas Secondary
We’ve talked about this a lot but it’s true, Spencer Sanders has become the x-factor for Oklahoma State this year. His improvement has been almost night and day from last year to this year. The only issue is that he’s maybe been asked to do too much sometimes with the Cowboys running game being inconsistent from game to game. He has 2,177 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a 58% completion percentage on the year. He has a chance to do really well here because Kansas has allowed 278 passing yards a game. If Kansas can’t slow him down at all then it’ll be a long day for the Jayhawks.
Jason Bean vs the Oklahoma State Secondary
Jason Bean has been thrust into the starting job for the Kansas Jayhawks ever since Jalon Daniels got injured against TCU. The results have been okay at best, but Kansas has yet to win with him under center. He has 783 passing yards, nine passing touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 63% completion percentage on the year in the three games he’s played in. He could have a career game in this matchup against Oklahoma State’s passing defense because they are giving up 303 passing yards a game. Jason Bean will need to have a big game here for Kansas to have a chance here.