Baylor hit its first road block to the Championship Football Playoff in their last game. Baylor’s Heisman Trophy candidate QB, Seth Russell, fractured a bone in his neck. He had to get neck surgery and is out for the season.
The college football week 10 betting line favors Baylor by 17.5-points to beat K-State. Can the Bears win with their back-up quarterback facing a hungry Wildcats squad?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 2 Baylor Bears vs Kansas State Wildcats College Football Week 10 Line
What: No. 2 Baylor Bears (7-0) at Kansas State Wildcats (3-4)
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Manhattan, KS
Stadium: Bill Snyder Family Stadium
Weather: 67° F | Scattered Storms Late
Spread: Baylor -17.5
Moneyline: Baylor -900 vs Kansas State +600
Game Total: 69.5
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Why Bet On #2 Baylor (-17.5) to Beat Kansas State
The Baylor Bears are the second-best odds to win it all in January.
Freshman QB Jarrett Stidham has received rave reviews from both the coaching staff at Baylor as well as football analysts studying the impact of Russell’s injury. Either Stidham is going to take the place of Russell or he isn’t.
Stidham is as tall as Russell at 6’3” but he has a slighter frame. Stidham is only 210 lbs according to his profile. Russell weighs 220 lbs. Will those extra pounds that Russell had affect how Baylor runs their offense with Stidham? The answer is probably no. Stidham has all of the tools, and the weapons on offense, to be as good as Seth Russell was when he was under center. Plus, Stidham has had a chance to learn the system while backing up Russell this season. It’s the same thing that Russell did last season when backing up Bryce Petty.
Why Bet On Kansas State to Beat #2 Baylor (-17.5)
Baylor coach Art Briles has a lot of respect for K-State and made it clear to his team that they can’t expect to just waltz into Manhattan and win.
Baylor has way too many weapons on offense for Kansas State’s defense. Baylor is going to score points on K-State. The only way for K-State to win this game is to dominate the time of possession and keep the Bears from running up and down the field and scoring touchdowns.
Kansas State’s offense is going to have to utilize the game clock and hold down the Bears’ possessions. You don’t average over 60 points a game without getting a lot of possessions. If K-State’s rushing attack isn’t effective, Baylor will blow out the Wildcats.
That’s the likeliest outcome. Baylor should destroy the Wildcats this Thursday. My final score predictions is Baylor 59, Kansas State 21.