College Football Picks 'Over' for Oklahoma St. vs. Kansas St.

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2:54 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 2:54 PM GMT

Kansas State and Oklahoma State have put together a powerful betting trend of going OVER the total in recent years, which will continue Saturday in Manhattan.

Extend Drives
Oklahoma State has averaged just 15.3 points and 323 yards in its last three games, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds, especially since the offense ranks 97th in the country in converting on third down.

Cowboys signal-caller Daxx Garman has been under center since Sept. 8 due to J.W. Walsh’s injury, and he should be able to extend drives in this matchup, with Kansas State allowing foes to pick up first downs 41.1 percent of the time.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS as underdogs, with the OVER going 4-3 in that situation.

 

Important Games Ahead
Kansas State could certainly look past Oklahoma State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 10 college football picks, as its enjoying a 4-0 SUATS run.

The Wildcats occupy the ninth spot in the first installment of the playoff rankings, and they’ll head out on the road to take No. 7 TCU next Saturday.

Since the start of the 2012 campaign, the program is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (5-5 Over/Under).

 

Special Teams Play
The Cowboys and Wildcats have been known to have some of the best special-teams units in the Big 12 Conference under longtime head coaches Mike Gundy and Bill Snyder respectively.

Oklahoma State’s Tyreek Hill is one of the more important players to handicap in this matchup, as he averages 150.2 all-purpose yards per game, while he’s tied for the national league with two kickoff return touchdowns.

 

Throwing the Football
The Wildcats aren’t known as a pass-first offense, but they’ve demonstrated the ability to move the football in that way, with dual-threat quarterback Jake Waters completing 66 percent of his passes in conference play.

Kansas State has thrown the ball for 713 combined yards in the last three meetings in this series, with each of those going above the total.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their Big 12 football picks, as the OVER is 36-15 in the Wildcats’ last 51 games in November.

College Football Pick:  Over 51.5 at Bookmaker

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