Image licensed from USA Today Sports
Saturday night at the college gridiron and we will see a couple of teams from the Big 12 Conference as the Kansa Jayhawks battle the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kansas enters this game at 1-6 this year, while the Cowboys enter at 6-1. These teams met a year ago and Oklahoma State won that away game with a score of 47-7.
The Jayhawks are a very bad team
I probably didn ‘t need to tell you that, though. Kansas started their season with just a three-point victory over an FCS school and it has been all the way downhill since then as they have lost their last six games in a row. Kansas allowed only 14 points in the win over South Dakota, but they have allowed 35 points or more in each of their last six games, allowing an average of 46.8 ppg over that stretch. The Jayhawks are 123rd in the nation in total defense, 66th against the pass, 127th against the race and 127th in allowed points, giving up 42.1 ppg per year. That said, they played very well in their last game, which was a 35-23 loss to Oklahoma. Kansas had a 10-0 lead at halftime in that game and they were dogs with 38 points. It was clearly their best fight against an FBS enemy this year.
The Jayhawks defeated Oklahoma 412-398 in the competition, but they allowed 220 yards to rush to the Sooners, and that could be a problem here as the Cowboys have a decent ground attack. There is no doubt that Kansas will give points in this one, but can they score enough to keep it close. Kansas had a good offensive performance last week, but they will take a very hard defense in this one. Kansas is 106th in passing and 79th in rushing, while only scoring 17.6 ppg, which is 123. Jason Bean threw for 246 yards and a TD against the Sooners and has now thrown for 1178 yards with six TDs and four INTs a year. He needs to have a big fight for Kansas to entertain thoughts of a upset at all. He has a chance as the Cowboys have been very average against the pass.
The Cowboys are suffering the first loss of the year
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have had a very good season so far, but their search for a perfect year ended last week when they lost 24-21 to Iowa State away. The Cowboys are now 6-1 on the year and they are still alive for a spot in the 12 major title games. One thing about this Oklahoma State team is that they have won ugly as not one of their victories has been decided by more than 10 points. That includes just a seven-point home win over Missouri State from FCS earlier this year. Despite the 6-1 record, their average victory margin is only 5.6 ppg, but they finally have a chance to break through winning an easy victory in this one. Still, can they cover the huge spread? Keep reading to find out.
The Cowboys have been led by their defense as they are 19th in total allowed yards, 60th against passing, 12th against runs and 30th in allowed points, giving just 20.1 ppg. Their passing defense is a little vulnerable, and if they fight in that division, then Kansas has a chance to keep the fight close. In their last game, they allowed the Iowa state to throw in 307 yards. They will try to fix this.
The offense for the Cowboys has been below average this year, and they had only 332 yards of total offense against a tough defense in Iowa State. They are not going to face a tough defense in this one as Kansas has the worst defense in the league. Spencer Sanders has thrown in 1184 yards with nine TDs and five INTs a year and he threw in 225 yards with three TDs and no INTs against Cyclones. Jaylen Warren (781 yards rushing, 6 TDs) had only 76 yards against the Cyclones, but he should have a better fight against a much weaker running defense. The Cowboys are in 84th place in the pass, 73rd in rushing and 87th place in scoring, with just 25.7 ppg.
Trends is courtesy of Covers.com Oklahoma State:
- 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game
- 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games against a team with a losing road record
- 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 games in October
- 20-45-1 ATS in their last 66 road games
- 3-15 ATS in their last 18 games as underdogs
- 2-12 ATS in their last 14 matches on the field