Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Texas -2.5
- Over/Under: 54.5
- Moneyline: Texas -140; Kansas State +120
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
A matchup that could have Big 12 championship implications for one team is a top 25 game thanks to the College Football Playoff rankings, not the AP or Coaches Poll. Our standard for picking non-SEC games is that each team just has to be the in the top 25 of one major poll to warrant being picked.
The Texas Longhorns met that by coming in at No. 23 in the CFP rankings. Steve Sarkisian’s team is one spot out of the AP Poll and three spots out of the Coaches Poll. They are coming off a bye but most recently lost a heartbreaker to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
On the other side, the Kansas State Wildcats just shocked the world. After losing a game to the TCU Horned Frogs they should’ve won, a game that could’ve helped guarantee Tennessee football a spot in the CFP with one more undefeated Power Five team knocked off, they beat that OSU team 48-0 on the road. They are No. 13 in the CFP and AP Polls and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll.
Chris Kleiman adjusted to life without Adrian Martinez, and now Texas doesn’t know who to prepare for. That neutralizes their advantage off the bye, and playing in Manhattan, the Wildcats will pull out a ball control victory with their pass rush and run game. Take K-State, but the over/under is a crapshoot. It just seems a bit low, so go the over if you have to choose.
Kansas State: 31 Texas: 28 (Kansas State +2.5; Over 54.5)