West Virginia and Kansas State just left their week off following very difficult defeats on the road, and live betting services know that on Thursday night both teams are ready to face each other in Morgantown in a very important game of the key Big 12. The Mountaineers are looking to bounce back after losing 33-16 against the Texas Longhorns as the road favorites by three points. The Wildcats want to make a comeback after being defeated 41-20 by the TCU Horned Frogs as the favorites on the road by 6.5 points.
Many sportsbooks opened this game’s betting line as a pick’em.
Even though two consecutive games were lost by the Mountaineers, they were able to cover three games in a row, which include a massive win at home of 41-27 when they faced the Baylor Bears as the dogs by eight points a bit over a month back. West Virginia proved that they’re able to throw very well when taking on good opponents, and a great example of that would be the win against Baylor.
They almost took out the Horned Frogs on the 1st of November, but then they ended up coming short in a loss of 31-30. During that time, West Virginia QB Cole Trickett is leaving his season’s worst two displays in consecutive meetings with three interceptions made and just a single TD. The QB impressed when the Mountaineers took on the Bears, with three TD’s and 322 yards, and now he will look to leave a mark in his last game at home.
Before their bye week they lost to TCU on the road, but the Wildcats did a great job while playing away from home with a mark of ATS 13-2 in their last 15 meetings that they played as road dogs. In their last 24 games on the road, Kansas State are also 18-6 ATS, and in the last 22 games that they played as visitors against teams in the conference, they’re 17-5-1 ATS.
Last year the Wildcats also beat the Mountaineers at home 35-12, and a couple of years ago they took them out 55-14 the last time that they visited them, and were able to cover in both of the meetings with 2-0 as the under. In the game last season, the star of the show was Wildcats WR Tyler Lockett, catching the ball eight times for 111 yards and three TD’s.
The Mountaineers have outperformed preseason expectations this season yet have still not played well at home against Big 12 foes, dropping five of their last seven games there under that scenario both straight up (SU) and ATS.
Considering the great record ATS on the road that Kansas State has, and how much West Virginia should improve their game, many live betting services believe that the Wildcats will win this meeting as the small underdogs on the road.