West Virginia vs. Kansas State Prediction, Game Preview

    West Virginia vs. Kansas State prediction and game preview. The Mountaineers try to finish the regular season 8-4 as they take on the Wildcats in Manhattan.

    November 30, 2015


    West Virginia (7-4) already has a bowl bid locked up, and thanks to its good APR – Academic Progress Report – Kansas State (5-6) might get an open bowl slot even at 5-7. The Wildcats can take care of business and earn a bowl invite on their own with a win. Check out the West Virginia vs. Kansas State prediction and game preview.

    West Virginia vs. Kansas State Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, December 5
    Game Time: 4:30 pm
    Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS

    Network: Fox Sports 1

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    Why You Need To Care

    Kansas State managed to pull up out of the nosedive. It helped that Iowa State and Kansas finally came up on the schedule at the end of the dance, but at least the wins started coming after an ugly 0-6 start to the Big 12 season. There’s a three-overtime win over Louisiana Tech on the resume, but that’s in in terms of doing anything interesting.

    Beating West Virginia wouldn’t just be a terrific end to the regular season, but it would finally provide a little bit of validation that the season wasn’t a total trainwreck. Bowl game or not at 5-7, the program has been too good in Bill Snyder’s second go-round to be pleased with anything less than at least one decent conference win.

    West Virginia has been one of the better teams no one has paid attention to. All four losses came in October to the four best teams in the league, but now the Mountaineers are on a four-game winning streak including dominant performances over Kansas and Iowa State over the last two weeks by a combined score of 69-6.

    Two wins – Georgia Southern and Texas Tech – have come against teams with bowl eligible records, and while beating Kansas State wouldn’t move the needle in terms of national attention, it would mean a solid eight-win regular season. It’s not fantastic, but it would be the program’s best year since 2011.

    Why West Virginia Will Win

    This is where the passing game kicks in. The ground attack has been strong and consistent over the current four-game winning streak, but it also helped to go against a few miserable defensive fronts. The air show hasn’t been ignored, but it hasn’t had to do too much outside of be along for the ride. It’s been inefficient and hasn’t been accurate enough with six of the last seven games hitting the 50% mark or under, but this week there shouldn’t be a problem against a secondary that’s getting ripped to shreds. The Wildcats are allowing quarterbacks to hit 66% of their throws and have just one pick in the last six games.

    Why Kansas State Will Win

    There’s a chance the Wildcats just grind this game out. Outside of too many penalties, West Virginia actually does Kansas State better than Kansas State – great on turnover margin, excellent ground game, good special teams – but there have been times when the Wildcat offense gets rolling and it takes control of games. This isn’t a vintage KSU offense when it comes to running the ball, but it always comes up with points when it has the chance and the offensive line is just good enough to take things to another level in the final home game of the year.

    Player Who Matters

    It’s asking too much for Kansas State QB Joe Hubener to do everything, but he’s going to have to do everything for Kansas State. There’s not enough of a passing game, and Charles Jones and the running backs have been just okay. Hubener has done his part with a few brilliant games – running for 111 yards and four scores against TCU and 153 yards and two scores against Baylor, but now he’s going to have to pound out around five yards per pop, keep the chains moving, and keep the Mountaineer offense off the field. He’ll be the one the focus is on this offseason, and it would help to go out with a bang – and with one more game to play this season.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    West Virginia will be solid enough offensively to take Kansas State out of its comfort zone, but at home, the Wildcat offense will get the job done with one of its more effective performances. The Mountaineers are far better, but they won’t look like it.

    West Virginia vs. Kansas State Prediction

    Final Score: Kansas State 31, West Virginia 27, Line: West Virginia -6.5, o/u: 58

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