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Kansas State Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/18/14

Auburn Tigers (2-0) at Kansas State Wildcats (2-0)

College Football: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Snyder Family Stadium)

The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Auburn Tigers and Kansas State Wildcats meet Thursday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The Auburn Tigers have had a week to prepare for this game and it’ll be their first true test of the season with wins over Arkansas and San Jose State. Auburn has shown no signs of missing Tre Mason at all, as Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant have helped the Tigers average 6.7 yards per carry and rank seventh in the country with an average of 330 rushing yards per game. The running success has taken a ton of pressure off quarterback Nick Marshall, who is completing just 56 percent of his passes for 151 yards and one touchdown. Eventually the Auburn Tigers will have to show more balance offensively in order to seriously make another run for an SEC title. Defensively, Auburn has forced four turnovers, sacked the quarterback five times and is allowing 323.5 yards per game. Cassanova McKinzy leads the Auburn Tigers with 16 tackles and Jermaine Whitehead has an interception in each of the first two games this season.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/18/14

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The Kansas State Wildcats have also had an extra week to prepare after wins over SF Austin and Iowa State. Kansas State is more of a one-man offense relying heavily on quarterback Jake Waters, who is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns, while leading the Wildcats with 193 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Charles Jones has chipped in four touchdowns and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry, but the Kansas State Wildcats are really going to go as far as Waters takes them. Kansas State does have four receivers with at least five receptions, including Tyler Lockett who leads the team with 145 receiving yards. Defensively, the Kansas State Wildcats have forced two turnovers, sacked the quarterback five times and is allowing 306.5 yards per game. Jonathan Truman leads Kansas State with 15 tackles and Ryan Mueller has three tackles for loss.

The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week and 18-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

I love my home underdogs on Thursday night, because the crowd seems to always bring a little something extra. Kansas State seems to be that team that’s doubted every year but continues to prove people wrong. I see no reason why the Kansas State Wildcats can’t keep this game within single digits.

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