West Virginia-Kansas State is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 11, with West Virginia’s slim hopes of making the Big 12 title game still on the line. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
Check back often during the game for all kinds of information on today’s critical game. West Virginia must win the game to keep alive its slim hopes for qualifying for the Big 12 title game. Kansas State needs the triumph to become bowl eligible.
West Virginia-Kansas State live updates, score
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West Virginia football picks for Kansas State game
Odds: Kansas State is favored by 2.5 points. The Wildcats were favored by 1.5 points when the line opener earlier this week.
Over/Under: 62.5 points, where it opened earlier this week.
Oddsshark.com: Kansas State 36, West Virginia 31.
College Football News: West Virginia 38, Kansas State 30.
Athlon Sports: West Virginia 38, Kansas State 31.
ESPN (Jake Trotter): Kansas State 26, West Virginia 24.
ESPN (Sam Kahn): West Virginia 34, Kansas State 20.
USA TODAY: 5 of 6 writers picked West Virginia.
Associated Press writer Ralph D. Russo: West Virginia 28, Kansas State 21
Oklahoma football game time vs. Oklahoma State
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 11, in Manhattan, Kan. .
3 keys to the game
1. Contain Kansas State’s running game
The Wildcats are most effective when their running game is clicking, producing at least 200 yards in five games this season. Potent RB Alex Barnes has averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored 5 TDs this season. West Virginia’s rush defense ranks ninth in the Big 12, allowing 4.74 yards per carry and ninth with an average of 193.1 yards per game.
But the Mountaineers came on to stifle Iowa State last week, limiting the Cyclones to 101 rushing yards for their best effort of the season. And in their last 3 games, WVU opponents have averaged 158 yards per game and 3.7 yards per game after permitting 210.7 yards and 5.3 yards per carry in the first 6 games.
The Mountaineers’ hopes of snatching a road upset will be greatly improved if they can negate Kansas State’s rushing attack and force whoever the Wildcats’ quarterback will be into long-yardage situations.
2. Get David Sills V back on track
The Mountaineers’ prime receiver continues to lead the nation with 16 touchdown receptions, although he has produced only one TD catch over the last two seasons.
It would behoove Sills to return to his form he exhibited earlier in the season.
He has slumped noticeably in the last two games, producing 2.5 receptions, 28 yards and and 11.2 yards per catch.
Sills was one of the nation’s most potent deep threats earlier this season. The converted quarterback produced averages of 6.6 receptions, 105.3 yards, 15 touchdown grabs and an average of 16.0 yards per catch in West Virginia’s first seven games.
Gary Jennings, Ka’Raun White and Marcus Simms all have stepped up to provide increases in the last two games. But a return to form from Sills should enable the Mountaineers exploit Kansas State’s league-worst pass defense (295.8 ypg).
3. Special teams success
As usual, Bill Snyder’s special teams are strong. Kicker Matt McCrane is the Big 12’s best kicker and the Wildcats lead the conference in kickoff returns, are second on punt returns and are third in kickoff coverage.
West Virginia has sputtered at times with special teams. Marcus Simms leads the conference in kickoff returns, but their kicking is spotty with Mike Molina with the fewest field goals in the conference. Their return game has been an adventure with a league-low 3.8 yards per return as Simms has produced only 2 returns of longer than 10 yards this season.
In a tight game where field position and turnovers will be crucial, playing the Wildcats to a standstill in special teams will be critical for West Virginia.
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