Oklahoma State vs Kansas State Odds, Picks, Predictions (10/29/22)

Oklahoma State is coming off an emotional win against Texas last week, while Kansas State is coming off an emotional loss to TCU. This should be an interesting matchup for the Big 12 pecking order. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!

Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State Odds

Kansas State is a 1.5-point home favorite and is also at -120 on the money line. The over/under is also at 56.5. The only reason Kansas State is favored at all in this game is because the game is being played in Manhattan, Kansas. Oklahoma State kept pace in the Big 12 title picture last week with a win against Texas, while Kansas State lost to TCU. Kansas State also got very beat up at the quarterback position with two different quarterbacks losing in the game. That’s something to keep an eye on here. The over/under being at 56.5 makes sense because while Oklahoma State has a very good offense, Kansas State has the defense to be able to slow them down a bit. Expect this spread to move around a bit because of how close the spread is.

Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State Prediction & Pick

The Pick: Oklahoma State +1.5

Oklahoma State cemented itself as a contender in the Big 12 still, last week, with their win against Texas. The difference will be how far the Cowboys’ offense can take them. They average 45 points and 467 total yards a game on offense. The main catalyst behind it is Spencer Sanders at quarterback. He was very inconsistent last year, but this year he’s been very good. The one issue has been the lack of a consistent run game.

The defense has taken a step back after being very good last year, but they are still capable of making plays when needed. Kansas State has been a team built around its run game and defense. The star for the Wildcats is Deuce Vaughn in the run game. The offense has been good, but the defense has been the difference maker in a conference full of offense. They are giving up an average of 20 points and 375 total yards a game. The matchup between the Cowboy offense and the Wildcat defense is going to be the key in this game. The Cowboys have more to like in this game, even though it’s a road game, it’s hard to trust Kansas State without knowing how healthy they are at quarterback.

Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State Key Matchups

Can Kansas State slow down Spencer Sanders? Will Oklahoma State be able to contain Deuce Vaughn?

Spencer Sanders vs the Kansas State Secondary

Spencer Sanders has really come into his own this year for Oklahoma State. He has 2,030 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a 59% completion percentage on the year. The most passing yards he’s had in a game this year was 406 in Week 1, but he got close to passing that number last week against Texas. Kansas State has been decent against the pass this year, giving up 230 passing yards a game. This will be a huge key for Kansas State being able to stay in this game because Sanders has rarely struggled at all this year.

Deuce Vaughn vs the Oklahoma State Front Seven

Deuce Vaughn is the best small running back in the entire country. He has 132 carries, 744 rushing yards, and four rushing yards on the year. The most yards he’s rushed for in a game was 170 against Texas Tech. Oklahoma State has been okay against the run and is only allowing 146 rushing yards a game. They have been bad against the pass on the other hand. Deuce Vaughn is the key to the Wildcats offense and has been the engine that makes them go. If Oklahoma State can slow him down at all, then the Cowboys are going to have a much easier time in this game because Kansas State’s offense is so run-heavy.

Jake Faigus, a Phoenix native, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He also has written for the student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for Solid Verbal as well.

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