2022 Kansas State Wildcats Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions
2022 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS BETTING ODDS, PREDICTIONS, PREVIEW
Chris Klieman has shown us that someone other than Bill Snyder can win in the Little Apple. It wasn’t easy to follow in the footsteps of the man that made Kansas State respectable, but Klieman has led the Wildcats to eight wins in two of his three seasons. Kansas State loses Skylar Thompson this season, yet the Wildcats could still compete for the Big 12 title with Nebraska transfer Adrian Martinez and Second Team All-Big 12 running back Deuce Vaughn.
Martinez is projected to start over Will Howard. He is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in college football, as he was a four-year starter with the Cornhuskers. Nebraska was unable to do much with Martinez under center, but he is a great runner that accumulated at least 500 rushing yards every season in Lincoln, and he ran for 35 touchdowns over four seasons. Martinez is also coming off his best season as a passer, as he averaged 9.4 YPA and nearly threw for 3,000 yards in 2021. New offensive coordinator Collin Klein has raved about Martinez in the spring, yet health is always a concern for Martinez because he has averaged 127 carries per year.
Kansas State has one of the best running backs in the nation in 5’6 Deuce Vaughn. He has showcased immense maneuverability as a rusher and receiver, reminding many of former Wildcats’ running back Darren Sproles. Vaughn ran for 1,404 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2021 while averaging 6.0 YPC, and he also had 49 receptions for 468 yards and four scores. There is a very good chance that Vaughn finishes with over 2,000 total yards from scrimmage in this new up-tempo offense.
The Wildcats return their three top receivers from 2021. We’ve already discussed Vaughn, but Kansas State also welcomes back big play threat Malik Knowles and Phillip Brooks. Knowles and Brooks could see more action this season as the Wildcats are going to run a more fast-paced offense under Klein that will emphasize the passing game more than we saw in the past.
The interior of the offensive line is the biggest concern on offense. The tackles are solid as Cooper Beebe was a First Team All-Big 12 selection, and Christian Duffie has 21 career starts. However, Taylor Poitier is coming off a season-ending injury, and the other two projected starters are unproven.
Felix Anudike-Uzomah is the leader of this defense. Anudike-Uzomah was a First Team All-Big 12 choice last year after racking up 11 sacks and forcing six fumbles. Daniel Green is an excellent run stuffer that doesn’t get the credit he deserves, and nose guard Eli Huggins does a good job of getting pressure with a three-man front.
The linebackers aside from Green are unknowns. Will Honas transferred in from Nebraska, and Shawn Robinson transferred in Missouri. However, the biggest worries are in the secondary despite the return of three starters from last season. The Wildcats’ defensive backs missed a lot of tackles, and that needs to change if this team is going to take the next step.
This win total should be a full win higher given the schedule and what Klieman has done with Kansas State. The Wildcats have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, and they should go 3-0 in non-conference play with home games against FCS South Dakota, Missouri, and Tulane. Kansas State also hosts Big 12 bottom feeders Texas Tech and Kansas, so that should be five pretty easy wins.
Best Bet: Over 6.5 Wins (-125)
2022 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS SCHEDULE
- Sat., Sept. 3 - vs. South Dakota
- Sat., Sept. 10 - vs. Missouri
- Sat., Sept. 17 - vs. Tulane
- Sat., Sept. 24 - at Oklahoma
- Sat., Oct. 1 - vs. Texas Tech
- Sat., Oct. 8 - at Iowa State
- Sat., Oct. 22 - at TCU
- Sat., Oct. 29 - vs. Oklahoma State
- Sat., Nov. 5 - vs. Texas
- Sat., Nov. 12 - at Baylor
- Sat., Nov. 19 - at West Virginia
- Sat., Nov. 26 - vs. Kansas
WIN TOTAL ODDS
- Over 6.5 (-125)
- Under 6.5 (-105)
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS ODDS TO WIN BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
There is serious value in Kansas State at 15-1 to win the Big 12. Martinez could be just what the doctor ordered for the Wildcats, and he has the potential to lead Kansas State past Oklahoma on September 24. If the Wildcats can go into Norman and beat Oklahoma, they have a great chance of starting the season 7-0.
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
This is worth a lottery ticket too. Kansas State has come close to competing for a national title a couple times over the past few decades, and the Wildcats do play in a Power Five conference.
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS 2022 HEISMAN CONTENDERS & ODDS
Deuce Vaughn (RB) +10000
Adrian Martinez (QB) +12500
Jake Rubley (QB) +25000
Deuce Vaughn might be worth a couple bucks at 100-1 to win the Heisman Trophy. Vaughn has the potential to put up very big numbers in this offense if he stays healthy. Martinez has no value though, and neither does Jake Rubley though he is someone to watch next year. Rubley is the highest-rated recruit that Kansas State has signed in 15 years.
2021 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS BETTING RESULTS
- SU: 8-5
- ATS: 7-5-1
- O/U: 6-7
- ATS-Home: 6-3
- ATS-Road: 1-2-1
- ATS-Favorite: 5-2-1
- ATS-Underdog: 2-3
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