Kansas State Wildcats (2-1) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)
The 2022 college football season goes on with Week 4 matchups including the Big 12 Conference showdown at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, so we bring you the best Kansas State vs. Oklahoma betting pick and odds for Saturday, September 24, 2022.
Kansas State heads to Norman as a 13-point underdog, searching for its fourth straight ATS victory over the Sooners. Last year, the Wildcats lost 37-31 to the Sooners, who played as 12.5-point road favorites with a total of 53.0 points. The totals sit at 54.0 this time around, so let’s take a closer look.
The Wildcats laid an egg in Week 3The Kansas State Wildcats suffered their first defeat of the season this past Saturday. They lost to the Tulane Green Wave 17-10, playing as firm 13.5-point home favorites. Interestingly, both teams finished with 336 total yards, while Kansas State failed to score in the second half and blew a three-point lead. The Wildcats won the turnover battle 2-0, but their offense just couldn’t find the right rhythm.
For the first time in nine games, junior RB Deuce Vaughn was held to fewer than 100 yards rushing. Vaughn accounted for 81 yards on 20 totes and failed to find the end zone for the first time in ten outings.
"Teams are going to key on Deuce because he's a special player," Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman said. "We've got to ways to get the ball to Malik (Knowles) and Phil (Brooks) and Kade (Warner) and those guys, and let them have opportunities with the ball in space. We've got to be more efficient."
Senior QB Adrian Martinez completed 21 of his 31 passing attempts for 150 yards and a touchdown and ran 13 times for 59 yards in Week 3. It was his first TD pass in 2022 which tells you a lot about the Wildcats’ approach. K-State is tallying 239.3 rushing yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry, while Martinez has thrown for 304 yards through three games.
The Sooners hammered Nebraska for their second ATS victoryThe No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners had no problems beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 49-14 in Week 3. After allowing an early TD, the Sooners put 49 straight points on the scoreboard and easily covered a 10.5-point spread. Oklahoma outgained Nebraska 580-327 in total yards, posting a thumping 312 rushing yards on 54 carries.
"We've not done anything but win our first road game," first-year OU coach Brent Venables said. "No one here is beating their chest. Today was a good, strong win and I think we improved today in lots of different ways."
Junior QB Dillon Gabriel, a transfer from UCF, tossed for 230 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a career-long 61-yard TD. Through his first three games with the Sooners, Gabriel has thrown for 759 yards and seven touchdowns while scoring a couple of times on his own.
The Sooners started their 2022 campaign with a 45-13 victory to the UTEP Miners, covering a 31-point spread at home. They routed the Kent State Golden Flashes 33-3 at home in Week 2 but narrowly failed to beat a 33-point line. Oklahoma is racking up 235.0 rushing yards per game and 5.5 per carry, while running backs Eric Gray and Marcus Major have combined for six rushing touchdowns.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
From 2004 to 2011, Brent Venables served as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma, and this Sooners team look ready to dominate its opponents on the defensive side of the ball. OU will be all over Deuce Vaughn, and the Wildcats will struggle to move the chains. The Sooners are allowing just 2.8 yards per carry in 2022.
I’m going with Oklahoma who will be able to take advantage of some Kansas State offensive mistakes and turn them into points on the offensive end. They'll have no problem coverint the big number.
Full-Game Total Pick
I’m expecting a proper defensive battle in Norman. Both teams will look to run the ball as much as possible, so give me the under on the totals even though the over is 7-1-1 in the last nine encounters between Kansas State and Oklahoma.
The Wildcats will have to bring their best game if they want to stand a chance, and that means slowing down the Sooners’ dynamic offense and controlling the clock. Eight of K-State’s last ten contests have gone under the total, and only one of those ten games has produced more than 52 points in total. On the other side, the under is 4-2-1 in Oklahoma’s last seven outings in front of the home fans.