The No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats (6-2) host the Texas Longhorns (5-3) on Saturday, November 5 with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. ET. Kansas State is coming off of an absolute thrashing of Oklahoma State, winning 48-0. Backup quarterback Will Howard threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns, but will he be starting again this week if Adrian Martinez is healthy again?
The Longhorns are on the hunt for bowl eligibility after a few close losses derailed their season. While they had a bye last weekend, their most recent game was a loss against the same Oklahoma State team that the Wildcats crushed.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Texas: No. 6 overall, No. 13 offense, No. 16 defense
Kansas State: No. 14 overall, No. 37 offense, No. 8 defense
QB Adrian Martinez - GTD (lower body)
Against The Spread
Texas: 5-3 ATS
Kansas State: 5-2-1 ATS
Texas: Over 3-5
Kansas State: Over 3-5
Overall Talent from 247Sports
Texas: No. 7 overall, No. 3 offense, No. 6 defense
Kansas State: No. 66 overall, No. 65 offense, No. 64 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Texas -2.5
Moneyline: Texas -135, Kansas State +115
Opening line: Texas -1
Opening total: 54
Kansas State ML
This is a conditional pick: I’m taking Wildcats moneyline all day as long as Will Howard is starting. I think that the Kansas State defense will be able to stifle Texas’ offense, if not limit them as entirely as they did the Cowboys, but their offensive production may hinge on the Howard vs. Martinez starter debate.
If they start Martinez and put a block in the offensive momentum this team was clearly feeling with Howard, I’m not so sure about this ML, and may even take Texas to cover the 2.5-point spread in that situation.