The Kansas State Wildcats may have blown their shot at a national championship, but they can still win the Big 12 championship, if they can get by the Texas Longhorns Saturday night in Manhattan (8 p.m. ET, ABC).
As of Saturday, most online sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com were listing K State as a 10-point favorite for this game, with a total dipping down to 60.
Kansas State went off this season as a 15/1 shot to win the Big 12 title. The Wildcats then proceeded to win their first 10 games, knocking off, along the way, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
But two weeks ago, after amazingly rising to the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings, K-State fell at Baylor 52-24, as the Bears racked up 580 yards of offense on a befuddled 'Cats defense.
With the loss the Wildcats dropped to No. 6 in the BCS rankings.
Texas, meanwhile, went off this season as the second choice on most Big 12 championship betting boards at 4/1. The Longhorns then began this season 4-0, including a win over Oklahoma State.
But UT then lost a wild one to West Virginia, and then gave up 63 points in a Red River rivalry loss to the Sooners.
The 'Horns then won four straight, knocking off Baylor and Texas Tech along the way, but last Thursday fell to TCU 20-13, thanks to four turnovers.
So at 5-3 in conference play Texas has been relegated to the role of spoiler.
On the season Kansas State out-rushed opponents by a 201-121 YPG margin.
The Longhorns, meanwhile, got out-rushed this year by a 202-187 margin.
Texas also has to make another quarterback change for this game, as Case McCoy goes back in for the injured David Ash.
Kansas State could win the Big 12 before it even takes the field Saturday night, if Oklahoma loses to TCU during the afternoon.
K-State has won the last four games in this series. Last year the 'Cats beat the 'Horns 17-13 in Austin, even though K-State managed just 121 yards of offense.
Free Pick: The Wildcats have had an extra week to get over their loss to Baylor; on the other side of this matchup Texas is a bit banged up. So while 10 points can be a lot, we'll go with K State minus the points. (courtesy of PickShark.com)
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