Kansas State Betting Odds Preview
The Kansas State Wildcats were far and away the best team in the Big 12 last season, putting together a sensational 11-2 SU and 10-3 ATS campaign to win the Big 12 crown. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, many key pieces from last year’s team need to be replaced, making a repeat performance a longshot.
If not for a shocking loss to Baylor last season, the Kansas State Wildcats would have been playing in the BCS National Championship Game, and QB Colin Klein may have been the Heisman Trophy winner. But despite the disappointing loss and the one that followed in the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon, Kansas State’s 11-2 SU and 10-3 ATS campaign was nothing short of outstanding.
The loss of Klein is devastating to this offense. Klein passed for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 920 yards and 23 touchdowns. Not only was Klein the team’s emotional leader on the field, he was also the entire centerpiece of the offense. Sophomore Daniel Sams has the physical tools as a talented dual-threat quarterback to run the offense, but won’t likely be able to play the mistake-free football Klein played right out of the gate. Senior running back John Hubert returns, and should help lighten the load as Sams learns the ropes.
Even if the offense is able to keep on chugging without Klein, the defense figures to take a huge step backwards this year. The entire front seven needs to be replaced, as do two key members of the secondary. Head coach Bill Snyder always manages to get the most out of his recruits and JUCO transfers, but learning on the job is difficult, especially in a conference loaded with powerhouse offenses like the Big 12.
In all likelihood, this will be a rebuilding year for the Kansas State Wildcats. Bill Snyder has worked miracles before, but competing for a conference title with this makeshift defense and a new quarterback under center would be taking it to another level.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 10
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500