The first official college playoff rankings were released this week, and Kansas State were one of the teams who ended up ranking better there than they did in the AP Poll. They were ranked #11 by AP, but the Playoff Ranking committee believes that they are actually a #9. They will have a chance to impress them a little more this weekend when they play host to 5-3 Oklahoma State, and judging by the college football betting odds, they will give the Cowboys a hard time of the field this coming Saturday.
Broadcast on ABC
The Kansas State Wildcats are one of those not quite so glamorous teams who really don’t get very much in the way of attention, but they have been quietly going about their business this season. Their only loss so far was in a tight one against Auburn, and we all know how good they are. They have a nice road win against Oklahoma under their belts s a 7-point dog, and a pretty balanced offense that is sure to keep opposing defenses guessing.
College Football Playoff selection panels chief ready for debate and criticism … http://t.co/7tYP6a7tiI
— KSU Wildcats News (@KSUWildcatsPro) October 28, 2014
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have seen their season take a nosedive, losing their last two games to TCU and West Virginia, respectively. It wasn’t so much the losses in those games, as much as it was the manner in which they were taken down. They were underdogs in both, but not hugely so, yet they lost by a combined 57 points. Perhaps even more distressing was their inability to stop the run game in both those outings, giving up over 200 yards in each.
It is perhaps the performance of the Cowboys over the past two weeks that has played a part in the Wildcats being installed as 14-point favorites. They have covered the spread in their last 5 games, while Oklahoma State has failed to cover for 3 straight. These two teams have met once previously in the past three seasons, and it was Kansas State who won straight up and covered in the process.
OKLAHOMA STATE: +14-110
KANSAS STATE: -14-110
Sports at any level requires confidence to be successful. The Kansas State Wildcats are riding high, and are sure to be feeling good about their ranking, while the Cowboys are probably about as low as they have been all season in terms of confidence. That all adds up to Kansas State winning big, or at least that’s how I see it playing out.