The struggling West Virginia Mountaineers (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) make a trip to Manhattan to play the 24th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) as both teams try to build to a strong finish.
K-State is probably out of the Big 12 Championship picture after their third loss last week, but the Wildcats have pride to play for, as well as improving their bowl game destination.
Meanwhile, West Virginia is down but not out. They can become bowl eligible if they win out, which while difficult, isn’t impossible.
Last week the Wildcats made a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter, tying the game with 6:45 left, but they never got the ball back, as the Texas Longhorns burned the clock and kicked a field goal at the buzzer to win 27-24 in Austin.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers suffered a drubbing by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, losing 38-17 in Morgantown, extending their losing streak to five games.
K-State leads the series with West Virginia, 5-4, including a 4-3 mark in Big 12 play. As conference foes, the series has been one of streaks. K-State started won the first four match-ups in league play, while West Virginia has won the last three. The 2018 match-up was a one-sided affair, with West Virginia rolling 35-6.
Vegas Insider shows K-State favored by 13.5 points, with an over/under of 46. That forecasts a K-State win of approximately 30-16. Bettors have favored K-State and the under since the betting line first opened with K-State as 12-point favorites with an over/under of 48.
The game is scheduled for kickoff at 2:30 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan. The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 63 degrees today in Manhattan, so it should be good weather for the game.
Genuinely good seats are few and far between, but tickets are available from K-State for between $15 and $185.
ESPN will carry the game on TV, with Mark Jones (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), and Olivia Dekker (sidelines) calling the action.
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) will call the game for the K-State Sports Network on the radio. In addition to terrestrial radio, the game will be carried on Sirius channel 137, XM Channel 200, and the TuneIn app.
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