#15 Kansas St Wildcats at #6 Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:50 pm Eastern, TV: Fox
Oklahoma Memorial Stadium – Norman, Oklahoma
Opening Line: Oklahoma -14 1/2
Current Line: Oklahoma -14
Opening Total: 58 1/2
Current Total: 57 1/2
Opening Money Line: Oklahoma -500 / Kansas St +400
Current Money Line: Oklahoma -550 / Kansas St +425
The #6 Oklahoma Sooners and #15 Kansas St Wildcats meet for the 93rd time Saturday in Norman. It is the Big 12 opener for both teams. Oklahoma leads the series 71-17-4, including 35-6-3 in Norman. The Sooners have won 5 straight and 8 of the last 9 against the Wildcats. Oklahoma won 58-17 last year in Manhattan.
Kansas St is 3-0 this season under coach Bill Snyder. The Wildcats opened with home wins over Missouri St 51-9, Miami (FL) 52-13, and North Texas 35-21. Kansas St is averaging 454.7 yards per game, including 203 passing yards and 251.7 rushing yards. On defense, K-State is allowing 344.3 yards per game, including 251 passing yards and 93.3 rushing yards per game. The Wildcats are outscoring opponents 46-14.3 this season. Kansas St is 2-1 ATS and the total is 2-0 this season.
Last week Kansas St was a 27 point favorite at home against North Texas, and the total was 55. North Texas took an early 7-0 lead, but K-State came back to take a 14-7 lead at halftime. The Mean Green pulled to within 14-13 in the third quarter, but a missed PAT prevented them from tying it up. The Wildcats then scored 21 unanswered points to take control of the game 35-13. North Texas scored a late touchdown and a two point conversion, to make it 35-21. It didn’t affect the spread, but it did send the game over the 55 point total.
Kansas St had 373 total yards including 230 passing yards. Quarterback Collin Klein completed 15 of 20 passes with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also had 11 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. Kansas St had 2 turnovers in the game. North Texas had 353 total yards including 208 passing yards. The Mean Green had one turnover.
Klein has completed 43 of 59 passes (72.9%) for 609 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He has 46 carries for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns. Running back John Hubert has 43 carries for 296 yards and 3 touchdowns, along with 6 catches for 24 yards. Daniel Sams has 10 carries for 127 yards and 3 touchdowns. Receiver Tramaine Thompson has 13 catches, 211 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Chris Harper has 9 catches, 115 yards and a touchdown.
Oklahoma is 2-0 this season under coach Bob Stoops with a 24-7 win at UTEP, and a 69-13 rout of Florida A&M at home. The Sooners were off last week. Oklahoma is averaging 544.5 yards per game, including 267.5 passing yards and 277 rushing yards per game. The Sooners are allowing 245 yards per game on defense, including 111 passing yards and 134 rushing yards. The Sooners are outscoring teams 46.5-10 this season. Oklahoma is in the top 10 nationally in all defensive categories except against the run. The Sooners are 1-1 ATS and the total is 0-1 this season.
Oklahoma was a 55 point favorite at home against Florida A&M two weeks ago, and there was no total. The Sooners were coming off a lackluster win at UTEP to open the season. The Sooners jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead. Oklahoma expanded their lead to 35-10 at halftime. Oklahoma would cruise to a 69-13 win, and they covered the huge number by a point.
The Sooners had 662 total yards, including 349 rushing yards. Quarterback Landry Jones completed 19 of 28 passes for 252 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Receiver Kenny Stills had 10 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Running back Damien Williams had 10 carries for 156 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Sooners had 8 rushing touchdowns against the way overmatched Rattlers. Oklahoma had 8 penalties for 80 yards and 2 turnovers. The Sooners held FAMU to 235 total yards including just 61 rushing yards, and just 9 first downs. The Rattlers had 6 penalties and 1 turnover.
Jones has completed 40 of 64 passes (62.5%) for 474 yards with 4 touchdowns and an interception. Williams has 20 carries, 259 yards and 5 touchdowns. Dominique Whaley has 21 carries, 117 yards, and a touchdown. Brennan Clay has 14 catches, 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. Stills has 16 catches for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns. Justin Brown and Trey Metoyer will also get significant catches.
Kansas St is 5-1 ATS in road games, 9-2 in road games against teams with winning home records, 4-1 in September, 7-2 in Big 12 games, and 11-4 overall. The Wildcats are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Norman.The road team is 8-2-1 ATS in this series recently.
Oklahoma is 6-2 ATS after a straight up win of 20 points or more, 10-4 at home, 20-8 after rushing for more than 200 yards, 10-4 after passing for more than 280 yards, 5-2 after a bye week, 7-3 on grass, 15-7-1 in September, 2-5 in conference games, 3-9 after allowing less than 275 yards, and 0-5 after allowing less than 100 yards rushing. The last 4 Oklahoma games against Kansas St have gone over the total.
Oklahoma has won seven straight in this series. Though the Sooners are 2-0 they passing game hasn’t been as explosive as many thought it would be. Part of the reason is Jones is breaking in a bunch of new receivers and has to build chemistry with them. Stills is the only veteran receiver, and he has more than double the catches of any other receiver. Kansas St is trying to improve their passing game, but Klein is a much better runner than a passer. I think Oklahoma’s secondary can shut down the passing game and make the Wildcats offense one dimensional. I like the Sooners to win, but I think the Wildcats stay within the points.
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