Kansas State Wildcats vs. TCU Horned Frogs: Big 12 Conference Football Preview and Predictions

Kansas State Wildcats at TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday, 11/10/12, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  FOX
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas State -7.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas State -7
Opening Total:  60.5
Current Total:  57.5
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The Kansas State Wildcats lead the nation in turnover margin

Kansas State is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in Big 12 Conference play for the third time under Bill Snyder, as it comes off a 44-30 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys as seven-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for a second consecutive week.  The Wildcats are hopeful that quarterback Collin Klein is able to take the field in this affair, as he’s listed as probable with a head injury.  A huge part of the team’s success is leading the nation with a plus-20 turnover margin.  Kansas State is 2-2 ATS as a road favorite the last two-plus years, with the OVER going 4-1 in that situation.

The Wildcats also have a dangerous option in the backfield with John Hubert, who has scored 12 touchdowns in nine games, while ranking second in the conference in averaging 84.4 rushing yards per game.  Kansas State ranks 21st nationally in giving up just north of 18 points per game, while holding opponents to 99.2 yards per game on the ground.

TCU will look to continue its momentum from last week’s 39-38 double-overtime win over the West Virginia Mountaineers as four-point road underdogs, while going OVER the total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Horned Frogs have been very happy with redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin since taking over for the suspended Casey Pachall, as he has thrown for 1,302 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions in his four starts.  TCU is 1-3 ATS after a two-game road trip since 2010.

The Horned Frogs have a three-game win streak versus teams ranked in the top five, while also going 4-1 in that situation in their last five tries.  TCU has also compiled a respectable 13-8 record against ranked opponents under the direction of head coach Gary Patterson.  The program may hit its stride in its final three games, considering it has had 20 players making their first career starts, which is fourth nationally in that category.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 7-1-1 ATS mark on the road, while the Horned Frogs are 0-6 ATS at home versus winning road teams.

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