2024 Kansas vs. Kansas State Matchup Will Be Epic

2024 Kansas vs. Kansas State Matchup Will Be Epic

Numerous College Football Betting rivalries will draw plenty of attention and TV eyeballs in 2024. The Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas has history and branding. Also, there is The Game between Ohio State and Michigan. Of course, the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama will have added meaning and intensity this year with the retirement of Nick Saban. But there is one rivalry that, while not as celebrated, may offer the most excitement. Kansas vs. Kansas State offers passion, intensity, and high stakes found anywhere on the 2024 college football schedule.

2024 College Football National Championship Future Odds

Georgia Bulldogs+325
Ohio State Buckeyes+450
Texas Longhorns+800
Oregon Ducks+1000
Alabama Crimson Tide+1100
Ole Miss Rebels+1400
LSU Tigers+1200
Florida State Seminoles+1800
Penn State Nittany Lions+2200
Notre Dame Fighting Irish+2500
Michigan Wolverines+1400
Missouri Tigers+4000
Tennessee Volunteers+4000
Clemson Tigers+2500
Texas A&M Aggies+3300
Oklahoma Sooners+4000
USC Trojans+3300
All Other Teams+5000 or higher

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2024 Sunflower Showdown

The Sunflower Showdown between the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats is reaching a climatic sportsbook confrontation. Following years of domination by the Wildcats, the Jayhawks have everything necessary to beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2008. But K-State has the mental advantage that comes with such a dominant history over its intrastate rival.

Kansas State is the co-favorite with the Utah Utes to win the Big 12 championship. But Kansas is a highly popular third selection on the futures market. Both teams have elite coaches and two of the most exciting quarterbacks in college football.

On Saturday, October 26, 2024, Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, will have an overflow crowd and electric atmosphere. Also, it stands a good chance to determine who plays in the Big 12 championship game and College Football Playoff.

The 2023 College Football Betting season served as a confirmation that head coach Lance Leipold is building an impressive program. Leipold has used no quick fixes or gimmicks and is methodically building a program with fundamentals, depth, and substance. Last year, the Jayhawks went 9-4, winning the Guaranteed Rate Bowl and finishing with a final ranking of 23rd. Leipold’s Jayhawks return 30 seniors. And the majority of those players return from a nine-win team that was within just a few plays of two or three more victories.

Of course, the big offseason news was that quarterback Jalon Daniels rejected other outside offers and returned to Kansas. The fact that Daniels’ spurned opportunities (and bags) elsewhere is the ultimate tribute to Leipold’s culture and the seriousness of the KU program. Defensively, the Jayhawks improved in 2023. Although not in K-State’s class, the defense was no longer a liability. More improvement is expected in 2024.

Head coach Chris Klieman continues to prove that he is the perfect choice to replace the legendary program GOAT Bill Snyder. Klieman took over in 2019 and has produced four bowl games in five years with a Big 12 championship. Last year, Kansas State finished 9-4 with a win in the Pop-Tarts Bowl. This year brings plenty of changes with a new offensive coordinator and starting quarterback. But that is a testament to Klieman’s success. He was glad to let QB Will Howard transfer to Ohio State, knowing that Avery Johnson would be even better.

Defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman has kept Kansas State among the best units in the Big 12. The pass rush should be dominant and deep with strong linebacking, too. The defense could be the best one the Wildcats have fielded in the Klieman era.

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