Kansas State is a slight favorite over West Virginia on Saturday, but that isn’t stopping Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen from rolling with the Mountaineers.
Niesen picked West Virginia as a part of her ‘upset watch’ this weekend, stating she can easily see West Virginia routing Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.
“These teams have lurked around the fringe of the top 25 this season, and even unranked, they’re both a fun watch,” Nisen wrote. “Kansas State is a 2.5-point favorite at home, but it’s not hard to imagine the Mountaineers running away with this one.
“Last week, West Virginia finished with 524 yards of total offense against an Iowa State defense that went into the matchup ranked No. 32 in total defense. Kansas State, meanwhile, is the No. 94 defense, allowing opponents an average of more than 400 yards per game—a number West Virginia’s productive offense could easily top on Saturday. ”
Niesen expects a shootout between the two schools, and West Virginia’s offense should have the edge in that department. The Mountaineers definitely can’t afford to rely on its defense to come up with stops.
Every game is important for West Virginia if it wants to sneak back into the Big 12 championship game. It did a fine job putting an end to Iowa State’s win streak last week, which keeps them in contention.
The Mountaineers and Wildcats are set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN 2.
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