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Life Without Russell Begins for Baylor

Baylor Bears Jarrett Stidham

Baylor’s offense has been damn near unstoppable this season with Seth Russell at the helm, but a season-ending neck injury has thrust true freshman Jarrett Stidham into the starting role. Baylor, who has faced an average closing spread of -34.9 this season, will start their life without Russell this Thursday when they host Kansas State.

Shark Bites
  • The home team is 7-1 SU in the last eight game between these teams.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Baylor’s past eight games.
  • Kansas State has scored just one touchdown in the past two games.

Stidham has appeared in every game this season for Baylor, but it was always in garbage time when the Bears have run up their lead to ridiculous margins. However, Baylor is more about the system than the quarterback and with a wealth of offensive weapons and a great offensive line, Baylor’s coaching staff is not expecting much of a change.

Kansas State can empathize with injuries with the team losing their starting quarterback and two members of the secondary this season. The Wildcats have not won a game since opening the season 3-0.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Baylor Bears were listed as -18.5-point favorites on the opening NCAA football line at BetOnline and most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark. As of Thursday afternoon, the line moved to -17 with a total of 67. Check out our odds pages or Bovada for updates.

A 50-16 result in favor of the Bears is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Baylor Bears vs Kansas State Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Kansas State will face the 7-0 Baylor Bears, who own a 4-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Kansas State Wildcats are 4-3 so far this season while the Bears are 5-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas State vs Baylor injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Kansas State Wildcats at No. 74 and the Baylor Bears at No. 2 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Kansas State's No. 81-ranked offense, averaging 27.29 PPG, against a Baylor defense that ranks No. 59 this week at 25.14 PPG. The Kansas State aerial game is averaging 157.29 yards per game, less than the Baylor Bears secondary allows through the air, 231.14 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Baylor Bears feature the league's No. 24-rated road run defense, allowing 126 yards per game. Kansas State, meanwhile, ranks No. 88 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Baylor got a 145-yard performance from Mike Warren as a key part of its 45-27 win over Iowa State.

 

Johnathan Gray ran through the Texas defense for 103 yards in Kansas State's last game, but the Wildcats still lost a 23-9 decision at Memorial Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Baylor is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Baylor is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Baylor's last 8 games
  • Baylor is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Kansas State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Kansas State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas State's last 5 games
  • Kansas State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Baylor home to Oklahoma, Saturday, November 14th
Kansas State at Texas Tech, Saturday, November 14th

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