Six weeks ago, both Kansas St. and Oregon were looking at playing each other in the national title game. Both teams went down on Black Saturday, November 17, leaving Alabama and Notre Dame fighting for the title. This game, however, remains one of the more interesting matchups in the bowl season. Oregon opened up as nine point favorites with a total of 73.5.
Kansas St. has some history to fight tonight. The Wildcats have lost four consecutive bowl games dating back to the 2002 Holiday Bowl during coach Bill Snyder’s first stint at the school. Klein is a run/throw threat with 2,490 yards and 15 passing touchdowns to go with 890 yards and 22 scores on the ground. Junior John Hubert is his top back, rushing for 15 touchdowns to go with a team-leading 892 rushing yards. Kansas State gives up only 99.3 rushing yards per game and boasts big-time talent in senior middle linebacker Arthur Brown, junior free safety Ty Zimmerman, and senior defensive end Meshak Williams. Senior cornerback Allen Chapman and senior cornerback Nigel Malone also have five interceptions apiece.
The Ducks are likely playing their final game under coach Chip Kelly as rumors swirl that he is headed to the NFL. Kelly has three NFL interviews lined up for Friday. Freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota runs Kelly’s progressive system, completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 2,511 yards and 30 touchdowns. Defensive end Dion Jordan is the leader of the defense with 10.5 tackles for losses. Taylor Hart has a team high eight sacks while cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has developed into a huge playmaker.
Sharp players seem to be on Kansas St. Handicapper Bob Balfe says this about the Wildcats: “they will come into this game more focused with a coach who has been in this for many decades going against a coach that could be in the NFL in 24 hours. Kansas State has the best turnover margin in all of College Football. They also have the best punt and kick return numbers and they control the clock which is huge when limiting Oregon’s possessions. This is a very good run defense and Oregon will be without one of their top lineman tonight due to academics”
The public, however, is backing Oregon. 68% of all bets made are on the Ducks, although the Kansas St. sharp money has dropped the line down to 7.5
* Oregon is 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games.
* Kansas St. is 0-4 ATS in their last four bowl games.
* Under is 5-2 in Ducks’ last seven bowl games.
* Over is 5-2 in Kansas St.’s last seven non-conference games.