Coach Synder has his Kansas State Wildcats on the prowl again, off to a 5-0 start and ranked No. 6 in the latest AP poll.
K-State shoots for 6-0 when it visits Ames to take on 4-1 Iowa State in a Big 12 Conference bout Saturday afternoon (noon ET, FX). They were favored by 6.5 points Friday, according to the college football lines at most online and Vegas shops.
The total was sitting around 47.5 at Bovada, and a majority of the betting action was on the OVER. Indeed, the past six times the Wildcats were favored, the result was an OVER bet.
K-State opened its season with a 51-9 victory over FCS Missouri State, trounced Miami 52-13 and beat North Texas 35-21. The 'Cats then picked up a season-signature victory, going into Norman and upsetting Oklahoma 24-19.
Then, after an off-week, K-State spotted Kansas the first touchdown of the game before roaring back for a 56-16 romp. With their five victories the Wildcats have moved from No. 22 in the pre-season AP poll all the way to No. 6 this week.
Iowa State, meanwhile, if off to its best start in a decade. The Cyclones opened their season with a 38-23 win over Tulsa, then won at Iowa, 9-6. The Cyclones then disposed of FCS Western Illinois, 37-3, but lost at home to Texas Tech, 24-13. ISU then last week went to Fort Worth and upset TCU, 37-23.
Statistically speaking K-State has scored 26 touchdowns this year, allowed eight TDs, and has outrushed opponents, on average, by a 263-110 YPG margin. Iowa State, on the other hand, has scored 16 touchdowns, allowed eight, and outrushed foes 159-116.
Kansas State has won the last four games in this series, winning last year's contest 30-23.
As of Friday AM most online books were listing the Wildcats as seven-point favorites for Saturday's game, with an OVER/UNDER of 49.
Free Pick: It's nice to see Iowa State have some success, and the 'Clones have already pulled a couple of upsets this season. But Coach Snyder always has his troops ready to go, so we'll take K-State and give the points for Saturday. (courtesy of PickShark.com)
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