Big 12 Favorite Oklahoma Ready for Another Action-Packed Kansas State Game
Those who love hard-fought defensive struggles, this might not be the matchup for you. In the last five games between Big 12 rivals Kansas State and Oklahoma, an average of 74.4 points have been scored.
When looking at the Kansas State vs Oklahoma betting odds, this is the seventh straight time that Oklahoma is favored by double digits.
Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with 13 plays from scrimmage of at least 30 yards. Kansas State’s defense has allowed just two offensive plays of at least 30 yards. The only Big 12 school to top that mark happens to be Oklahoma.
Oklahoma (+165) is the favorite to win the Big 12 title. Kansas State is fifth at +1000, according to the sportsbook.
The Sooners (+4000) are seventh in the odds to win the national championship. Kansas State is well back in the odds, priced at +50000.
Oklahoma did remain sixth in both the Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association polls.
Kansas State vs Oklahoma Game Information
Kansas State Wildcats
Veteran running back Deuce Vaughn has hit the ground running. Vaughn leads the Big 12 with 352 rushing yards. He has managed just 86 yards in just previous games against Oklahoma.
Quarterback Adrian Martinez has 150 rushing yards, but just 304 yards through the air. Those struggles have played a role in the Wildcats being the underdog in the Kansas State vs Oklahoma betting odds.
Vaughn and Malik Knowles each have 10 catches, but those receptions have gone for only 128 yards. Kansas State is just 11 for 42 on third down conversions in 2022.
Kansas State’s defense has been impressive in the first three games, allowing just 4.1 yards per play and 276 yards per contest.
Austin Moore and Felix Anudike-Uzomah have combined for eight tackles for loss and 3½ sacks. Moore is also the team leader with 19 tackles.
Kansas State has covered against the NCAAF odds in six of its last nine games.
So how will Oklahoma replace Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler, who each spent time as Heisman Trophy candidates a season ago before heading off to Southern California and South Carolina? Well, former UCF QB Dillion Gabriel is doing just fine, thank you very much!
According to the NCAA football odds, Gabriel is currently fifth in the Heisman Trophy projections and he is a reason why the Kansas State vs Oklahoma betting odds favor the host Sooners. He has thrown for 759 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has two TD runs.
Marvin Mims is the top pass catcher with 310 yards on 14 catches with two scores. Among players with at least 10 receptions, Mims is third nationally with an average of 22.1 yards per reception.
Eric Gray leads the running game with 286 yards while averaging 7.7 yards per carry. Marcus Major and Jovantae Barnes have combined for 250 yards and four scores.
Defensive lineman Reggie Grimes leads the defense with six tackles for loss and four sacks. as the Sooners lead the nation with 32 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Something worth noting: Oklahoma is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six games.
Kansas State vs Oklahoma Injury Report
Kansas State linebackers Will Honas and Shawn Robinson as well as defensive back Josh Hayes are questionable while offensive lineman Taylor Poitier (knee) is out for the season.
Oklahoma seems to be in pretty good shape health wise.
Kansas State vs Oklahoma Head-to-Head
Oklahoma snapped a two-game losing streak against Kansas State with a 37-31 road win a season ago as a 12½-point favorite. Many of the stars for Oklahoma in the win have moved on although Marvin Mims did lead the Sooners with 71 receiving yards.
Kansas State won thrillers in 2019 and 2020, taking the first game at home 48-41 as a 23.5-point underdog and winning on the road 38-35 with Oklahoma favored by 27.5 points.
Four of the last five matchups have been decided by seven points or less.
Kansas State vs Oklahoma Betting Preview
This will be the first time Brent Venables faces Kansas State as a head coach. It will be fun to watch what he draws up against a Kansas State team that has struggled to throw the ball. If the Sooners can slow Vaughn, things could be ugly. Oklahoma has made Vaughn’s life difficult in the 2020 and 2021 matchups.
Recent history suggests that the Wildcats will find a way to stay with the favored Sooners. Oklahoma has won 14 of its last 16 games against Big 12 competition.
Kansas State has covered in four of the last five games against Oklahoma and are 4-2 against the spread in its last six games played in Norman. It might be tempting to call for another wild affair between the Wildcats and Sooners, however, seeing that Kansas State held to just 10 points against Tulane is a little troubling.Follow us on Twitter