Kansas State will look to build on the momentum from some solid seasons of late. Bettors will certainly keep an eye on the Wildcats to see if they can keep it rolling.
Kansas State Wildcats History
The Wildcats’ football history dates back to the early 1900s, when the school participated as an independent. One year after its inaugural season, Kansas State joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
In 1928, the program became a member of the Big 6 Conference (now the Big 12). For decades, the Wildcats fought to get out of the football abyss and climb into mediocrity. A litany of sub-.500 seasons along the way made it difficult, but the team finally cracked the AP Top 25 in 1969.
It received its first pre-season AP ranking the following year in 1970, but the team finished just 6-5. It would be more than 20 years until the Wildcats were a recognized contender again.
Longtime head coach Bill Snyder arrived in 1989 and, while success wasn’t immediate, he brought life to a program that had been dormant for practically its entire existence.
Kansas State appeared in the AP poll every year from 1993-2004 and finished ranked inside the top-25 10 times. Snyder and company reached #2 in the polls on a couple occasions, including the 2001 season during which the Wildcats won the Cotton Bowl.
Snyder retired after the 2005 season but came back to coach the team from 2009-2018. After the 2018 season, he officially retired, and Chris Klieman took over.
In this hypothetical matchup between in-state rivals, the Wildcats enter as a 6.5-point favorite over the Jayhawks. If Kansas State wins by at least 7 points, bettors who took them at -6.5 would cash their wagers.
If Kansas State wins by fewer than 7, or loses, bettors who took them at -6.5 would lose their wagers because Kansas would cover the spread.