Houston Cougars (3-4) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (5-2)
Houston Cougars vs. Kansas State Wildcats 10/28/23 – As the ninth week of the NCAAF season fast approaches, NCAAF game day insights highlight an impending exhilarating battle between the Houston Cougars and the Kansas State Wildcats set for October 28, 2023. Despite Houston’s challenges, evidenced by their 3-4 record, they are gearing up to face the formidable Kansas State Wildcats, who have carved an impressive 5-2 standing for themselves. This matchup doesn’t merely affect the conference rankings; it’s also a golden opportunity for both teams to showcase their mettle and prowess on the grand stage.
Houston Cougars fans have seen much praise directed their way thanks to RB Parker Jenkins and WR Samuel Brown’s dynamic duo of running back (RB) Parker Jenkins and receiving (WR) Samuel Brown. Jenkins has managed 57 attempts rushing for 265 yards at an average of 4.7 per attempt, while Brown has collected 41 receptions totaling 629 yards for an average reception distance of 15.3, underscoring their strength and depth as an offensive team.
Kansas State Wildcats’ offense has been consistently impressive this season thanks to the outstanding play of running back DJ Giddens and receiver Phillip Brooks. Giddens has amassed 626 yards from 103 attempts averaging an impressive 6.1 yards per rush while Brooks has reeled in 34 receptions totaling 354 yards for an average catch of 10.4 yards per catch – this tandem’s collaboration has been at the core of their success, which should play a vital role in Saturday’s match-up against Houston Cougars.
Houston Cougars vs. Kansas State Wildcats 10/28/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Bill Snyder Family Stadium|
Donovan Smith QB vs. Will Howard QB
Donovan Smith, the Houston Cougars’ quarterback, boasts compelling statistics for this season. With 177 completions out of 265 passing attempts, he’s accumulated 1979 passing yards, marking a 66.8% completion rate. His deep throws are evident with a 53-yard longest pass and a commendable 16 passing touchdowns. While Smith’s strengths lie in his impeccable accuracy and strong arm, he’s been under pressure with 18 total sacks leading to a loss of 110 yards. His style of play, combined with adept decision-making skills, will be tested against the Wildcats’ defense.
On the other end, the Kansas State Wildcats have been rallying behind the arm of Will Howard. Completing 122 out of 198 passing attempts, Howard has tallied 1464 passing yards, representing a 61.6% completion rate. He’s shown capability with a 61-yard longest pass and 12 passing touchdowns. However, Howard’s seven interceptions this season might be a point of concern. His composed style, matched with quick decision-making under pressure, will be pivotal in steering the Wildcats towards another win.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Kansas State Wildcats -1000, Total Odds: 59.5
The current betting odds indicate a clear inclination towards the Kansas State Wildcats. With such a prominent money line for the Wildcats, it seems the odds makers are expecting a dominant performance.
Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Cougars’ recent trends show an inclination towards high-scoring games, with totals going OVER in 4 of their last 6 encounters. Their 2-4 SU in the last 6 games and a 1-9 SU against Big 12 conference opponents underscores some consistency issues. However, the Cougars have a positive October record with 8-1 SU and have outperformed odds with a 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in week 9.
Kansas State Wildcats Betting Trends
The Wildcats exhibit a favorable 9-3 ATS in their recent 12 outings, suggesting a good alignment with the bookmakers’ expectations. Trends indicate that 4 of their last 6 games have seen the total go OVER. The Wildcats’ exceptional home game record stands out, being 5-0 ATS. However, they’ve had a challenging time against teams from the American Athletic Conference with a 1-7 ATS.
Houston Cougars vs. Kansas State Wildcats 10/28/23 Betting Picks
Considering the current form, statistics, and betting trends, the match is poised for an electrifying showdown. While the Cougars have showcased glimpses of brilliance, their inconsistency, especially against Big 12 opponents, is worrisome.
On the other hand, the Wildcats’ solid home game performance and impressive ATS stats make them the stronger pick for this encounter. For those seeking handicappers’ picks and tips, a bet on Kansas State covering the spread and the game total leaning towards the OVER might be worth considering.
Free Pick and Prediction: Kansas State Wildcats 35, Houston Cougars 20.