[3:30 PM] Kansas State @ West Virginia

Who will WIN this matchup?

Kansas State Wildcats (2-1)

@ West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0)


Current odds:

Kansas State Wildcats: (+146)

West Virginia Mountaineers: (-165)


ESPN simulations have West Virginia as 66% favorites to win the game.

54% of sports bets are currently on Kansas State to win as (+146) favorites.

West Virginia ranks No. 13 nationally in total offense and has used victories over Missouri and BYU to open at 3-0 for the second straight season. Kansas State, which has won two straight since opening with a 26-13 loss to No. 6 Stanford, yields a nation-fewest 179 yards per game.

The Wildcats have allowed only 33 points in three games, although last week’s 35-0 victory over Missouri State was called at halftime because of lightning. The defense – led by linebacker Elijah Lee (19 tackles) and defensive end Jordan Willis (two sacks) – has forced seven turnovers in 10 quarters and is also ranked No. 1 nationally in passing yards allowed (106.7).

Quarterback Skylar Howard threw for 974 yards and six touchdowns against an early-season schedule that included two teams (Missouri and BYU) with defenses ranked in the top 60. Top targets are Daikiel Shorts Jr. (19 receptions, 246 yards, two TDs) and Shelton Gibson (16, 354, 2), while Justin Crawford (227 rushing yards) and Rushel Shell III (209) anchor the run game.

West Virginia has won eight of its last nine games, with the loss 24-23 at Kansas State on Dec. 5, 2015.

Kansas State is 4-0 against West Virginia as Big 12 foes and 5-1 all-time.


StreakSmarts Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick