Saturday, November 7, 2020, Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas, 4 p.m. ET
Cowboys at Wildcats Betting Preview: Cowboys (-12.5), Wildcats (+12.5)
Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Preview
Running back Chubba Hubbard’s Heisman hopes have faded, but he still remains a key factor for the No. 14 Cowboys (4-1, 3-1 Big 12). Hubbard has 550 yards (4.6 yards per carry) through five games this year after rushing for 2,094 yards in 2019.
Kansas State coach Chris Klieman still is concerned with Hubbard’s big play potential and his dominating performance against the Wildcats last year.
“We gave up the explosive play via the run last year; we cannot do that and be successful,” Klieman said. “We have to limit those explosive plays. We need to tackle better; we need to fit things better. We didn’t fit things very well in the run game last year. That’s been a point of emphasis and will continue to be throughout the week.”
The Cowboys have added some other weapons this year with Spencer Sanders passing for nearly 220 yards a game despite an earlier injury and LD Brown rushing for 262 yards on just 45 carries (5.8 average).
Coach Mike Gundy is not concerned about a carryover effect from the overtime loss to Texas that knocked his Cowboys from the unbeaten ranks.
“We had a good showing of leadership,” Gundy said of the team’s usual Sunday meeting.
Gundy added that offensive linemen Josh Sills, receiver Tylan Wallace (35 catches, 588 yards), Sanders are “doing well.”
“We have a number of players who have stepped up and are doing a really good job with leading our team,” he said.
The Cowboys ranks fourth in total offense (442 yards a game) and second in rushing offense (199.0 yards per game) in the Big 12. Oklahoma State is rated second in total defense (299.8 yards per game) and first in scoring defense (17.8 points per game).
“We have quite a bit of experience and we have decent and quality depth on defense,” Gundy said. “This is the first year in a number of years that we’ve been in that situation. That’s helping our players get quality reps.”
Kansas State Wildcats Betting Preview
After losing their opener to Arkansas State, the Wildcats (4-2, 4-1 Big 12) won their next four games to establish themselves as contenders in the conference, but they ran into a buzzsaw last week at Morgantown and lost 37-10 to West Virginia.
The Wildcats rushed for only 41 yards on 23 carries and freshman Will Howard, thrown into the starting role with the injury to Skylar Thompson, passed for only 184 yards on 19 completions in 37 attempts. Howard was 17 of 24 for 243 yards the previous week in a 55-14 rout of Kansas.
“You have to realize that this kid is a true freshman that’s playing high level football and learning on the run,” Klieman said. “More than anything, I like the way he handles things and like the way he handles himself. He’s leading our offense whether it’s a 55-14 or a 37-10.”
Deuce Vaughn leads the Wildcats in rushing with 331 yards but had only 22 on nine carries at West Virginia after being limited in practice the week before for undisclosed reasons.
“He was fine,” Klieman said. “He didn’t practice a bunch last week because of an issue, but he was healthy for the game. Once again, as talented as that young man is, you have to find ways to take him away. West Virginia did that.”
Defensive back AJ Parker did not make the trip to Morgantown after injuring his ankle the week before but was back at practice Monday. But Briley Moore (19 catches, 271 yards) injured his back in the second quarter and did not practice.
Cowboys at Wildcats Betting Pick for November 7, 2020
The Cowboys have won seven of the last 11 meetings with the Wildcats but have split the last two games in Manhattan. Chubba Hubbard had a monstrous game for the Cowboys last year, rushing for 296 yards and a touchdown in OSU’s 26-13 win in Stillwater.
Cowboys at Wildcats Betting Pick:
Cowboys 35, Wildcats 20
Cowboys at Wildcats Best Bet for November 7, 2020
The Cowboys outgained Texas with 530 yards in total offense to 287 in last week’s loss to the Longhorns. The Wildcats got spanked 37-10 by West Virginia on the road their last outing.
Cowboys at Wildcats Best Bet: OVER 49.5