College football - Missouri at Kansas State - 11-14-2009

Nov 14, 2009 3:52 PM
by GT Staff |

College football:

Missouri Tigers -2.5 at Kansas State: This is a key game in the Big 12 North conference race, and Kansas State – unbelievably – is sitting in the driver seat. Unbelievable because the Wildcats were picked to finish last in the conference race at the start of the season. But coach Bill Snyder, in his second stint at KSU, has worked his magic once again, building a contending team out of an also-ran. Kansas State is 4-2 in Big 12 action (6-4 overall) and in control of their destiny in the North Division race. But with Nebraska on deck in their season finale, the Wildcats need this game against Missouri. The line originally opened with K-State as the 2-point favorite, but heavy betting on the Tigers moved the line to the other side – Missouri is now the slight favorite. Missouri has won three straight against Kansas State, by an average of 17 points. However, the Wildcats have beaten Missouri four of the last five meetings in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats have the better defense of the two teams, and, in fact, the Mizzou defense has been abysmal lately, allowing huge chunks of yardage, along with way too many points. The wrong side is favored in this match-up and Kansas State, with a nice win, might finally start getting some respect. Kansas State +2½.

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