Texas vs. Kansas State Total Prediction
In what should be a low-scoring game, the Texas Longhorns head to Manhattan on Saturday afternoon to take on the Kansas State Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. ET. Is the under a safe play for bettors?
3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 29, 2018
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Longhorns are 8.5-point favorites to beat the Wildcats. The total, meanwhile, sits at 48.5 points. As of this writing, 62% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Longhorns.
Texas sophomore QB Sam Ehlinger completed 22-of-32 passes for 255 yards with two touchdowns and ran for a score on Saturday in a 31-16 victory over TCU. Ehlinger missed some throws in this one, but he was certainly clutch in the final 30 minutes. Trailing 16-10, he found wideout Collin Johnson for a score over the middle that gave the Longhorns a 17-16 lead late in the third quarter. The biggest play, however, was on a third-and-seven dart to Lil’Jordan Humphrey that Humphrey took into the end zone to give the Longhorns a two-score lead at 31-16. Ehlinger will frustrate at times with some silly throws, but the 6-foot-3, 235-pound quarterback certainly isn’t bereft of talent. He’ll look to build on this effort next Saturday against Kansas State.
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State junior QB Alex Delton is expected to start against Texas on Saturday. Here's an interesting one. Skylar Thompson drew the start against West Virginia over the weekend, but midway through the game, Wildcats HC Bill Snyder opted to swap him out for Delton. Neither quarterback saw this coming, leading to an awkward postgame in which Thompson was clearly irritated at Snyder's tact, while Delton admitted to being caught off-guard. Regardless, it looks like we may have a sea change, here, as Kellis Robinett is passing along that the junior signal-caller received the majority of first-team snaps on Monday as the team looks to move in his direction.
The under is 19-7 in the Longhorns’ last 26 road games.
The under is 4-1 in the Wildcats’ last five home games.
As long as the Longhorns figure out a way to slow down Wildcats receiver Isaiah Zuber, they should contain Kansas State’s putrid offense. Delton will likely start but even if it’s Skylar Thompson, it won’t matter. Snyder has no offense this year and the Longhorns are coming off a stellar defensive performance versus TCU last week. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams.
College Football Prediction: Texas/Kansas State under 48.5