25* 2011-12 Bowl GAME OF THE YEAR on Kansas State +8.5
Kansas State vs. Arkansas,
01/06/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 16 - 29
Point Spread: +9½/-105 Kansas State
Kansas State represents my strongest play for the entire 2011-12 bowl season Friday. This team has been underrated all year, and once again the Wildcats are not getting the respect they deserve from oddsmakers. This line has certainly been inflated.
The Wildcats were picked to finish eighth in the conference this season, but head coach Bill Snyder led them to their most wins since an 11-4 finish in 2003 and was the runaway pick for Big 12 coach of the year. K-State went 10-2 SU & 9-3 ATS in all game this season. Their 75% winning percentage against the spread just shows how underrated they have been all year.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein should have been a Heisman Trophy finalist with the numbers he put up this season. Klein led the team with 1,099 rushing yards and his 26 rushing touchdowns were the second-most in the FBS. He also threw for 1,745 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. John Hubert is a solid running back who rushed for 933 yards and three scores.
The Wildcats are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, including a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0 points. The Razorbacks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games. These three trends make for a 17-1 system backing the Wildcats tonight. Bet Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl Friday.