College Football Week 14 Picks: Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Jeff GrantContributor INovember 29, 2012

College Football Week 14 Picks: Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Case McCoy will be under center on Saturday night as the Texas Longhorns (8-3) take on the Kansas State Wildcats (10-1) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

    The Longhorns are currently 10.5-point road underdogs in the Week 14 college football betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the point total stands at 63.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big 12 Conference rivalry game from a betting perspective, while providing a college football prediction along the way.

Texas Longhorns

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    The Texas Longhorns have lost four consecutive games against the Kansas State Wildcats, including a 17-13 setback as 7.5-point home favorites a year ago.

    Sports bettors will want to be careful in opposing this proud program on Saturday, considering it has been favored by an average of 9.8 points per game in the last five meetings in this series.

Kansas State Wildcats

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    Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is still a likely candidate to be named a 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist next month, but he has committed four turnovers in the past two games.

    The Wildcats will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season to the Baylor Bears, which is certainly possible, considering head coach Bill Snyder is 12-0 against the spread coming off a loss of 21 or more points to a conference opponent.

Las Vegas Perspective

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    I reached out to Jimmy Vaccaro earlier this week about this high-profile affair. He serves as the public relations director for William Hill U.S., and here's what he had to say:

    "Kansas State might have some of that 'lost season' mentality at this point, suffering its first loss so late then going right into a bye. I wouldn't be surprised if Texas won this game outright."

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the UNDER in this contest, as the Texas Longhorns have limited the Kansas State Wildcats to 391 combined yards of total offense in the last two meetings.

    College Football Week 14 Pick: Under 63.5

     

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