The #12 Kansas State Wildcats (8-3) can put a bow on an impressive 2022 regular season with a win over in-state rival the Kansas Jayhawks (6-5) on Saturday night. Both teams are bowl eligible, but KSU can clinch their spot in the Big 12 Championship Game against #4 TCU with a victory in Manhattan.
Kansas vs Kansas State odds has the Wildcats a double-digit favorite at home, looking for their 14th straight win in the head-to-head series. Oddsmakers also expect this to be a high-scoring game with a betting total in the lower 60s.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats Odds
The Wildcats are -11.5 favorites in the Kansas vs Kansas State odds for this weekend’s college football point spreads. That number doesn’t seem exceptionally high, considering KSU has won the last three over Kansas, all by at least 25 points. The O/U is 62.5, so we’re looking at some points expected to be scored here.
Kansas State has been dominant in the head-to-head series, with the Jayhawks not having a win since 2008. Overall, K-State has won 13 in a row as well as 25 of the last 29 vs. Kansas meaning this isn’t much of a rivalry at all.
The Wildcats have plenty to play for on Saturday night, with a win getting them into the Big 12 Championship Game for the first time since 2003. A K-State loss combined with a Texas win over Baylor would put the Longhorns into the title game since they hold the tiebreaker in the NCAAF standings.
Kansas vs. Kansas State Betting Preview
The Kansas Jayhawks record was impressive, with a 5-0 start that included wins over West Virginia, Houston, and Iowa State, but they are just 1-5 since then. KU is bowl eligible at 6-5, but they are limping into the postseason, which is why they are double-digit underdogs in Kansas vs Kansas State odds.
Kansas did get QB Jalon Daniels back last weekend after he had missed over a month with a shoulder injury, but the results were the same in a 55-14 loss at home against Texas. Daniels was 17/26 for 230 yards with two TDs which isn’t a bad showing after having so much time off.
The Kansas Jayhawks are 2-3 on the road this season and lost 55-14 in their last trip to Manhattan back in 2020.
Martinez has been in and out of the lineup this season – something that happens when you’re a dual-threat running QB, and he will miss the Kansas game. That is the only major injury for the Wildcats.
Kansas State has covered the number in 10 of its last 13 meetings with Kansas, including seven of the last ten at home. K-State is 7-3-1 ATS this season, but so are the Jayhawks as well.
K-State RB Deuce Vaughn has to be licking his chops to get a chance to go up against a Jayhawks defense that allowed 427 rush yards to Texas last week, including 243 and four TDs to Longhorns back Bijan Robinson. Vaughn has broken the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight season (1,148) and looks set to top last year’s mark of 1,258.
Vaughn will get a bulk of the workload on Saturday night, but QB Will Howard has filled in admirably for the oft-injured Adrian Martinez, throwing 11 TDs to just two INTs on the season. Howard has multiple TD passes in all four games he’s played this season, including 296 yards and four TDs against Oklahoma State in his only home contest.
Kansas vs. Kansas State Betting Preview and Picks
It’s definitely looking like a win for the home team in Kansas State Wildcats predictions considering they’ve won three straight in the head-to-head series, all by at least 25 points. The Wildcats have taken care of business the last two weeks on the road, 31-3 at Baylor and 48-31 at West Virginia, and now they get to close out the regular season in front of the home fans.
Martinez has been in and out of the lineup this season – something that happens when you’re a dual-threat running QB -and he will miss the Kansas game. That is the only major injury for the Wildcats.
At the very least, Kansas State should get the outright win here. They’re 4-2 at home this season, with both defeats coming by just one score against solid teams in Tulane and Texas.
K-State isn’t going to take any chances here because if they win, they’re in the Big 12 Championship Game. It’s looking like a fourth straight blowout victory in this ‘rivalry’ matchup.
Pick: Kansas State -11.5