Kansas State at Stanford - 9/2/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (6-7) at Stanford Cardinal (12-2)
College Football: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Stanford Stadium)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -14.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas State Wildcats and Stanford Cardinal open the season Friday night at Stanford Stadium on FS1.
The Kansas State Wildcats hope to bounce back after a shaky 6-7 record last season under Bill Snyder. Jesse Ertz will lead the KSU offense after not throwing a single pass his first two seasons. Deante Burton and Dominique Heath return at wide receiver after combining for more than 800 yards and seven touchdowns while Winston Dimel had eight receptions. The Kansas State Wildcats ground game averaged 157.6 yards per contest last season and Charles Jones returns after leading the way with 696 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, KSU allowed 31.5 points and 452 yards per game. Elijah Lee returns after 80 tackles, Jordan Willis had 15 tackles for loss and Duke Shelley had seven pass deflections.
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The Stanford Cardinal look for a strong start after winning double-digit games three of the last four years. Keller Chryst will have the large task of replacing Kevin Hogan at quarterback. Francis Owusu and Trenton Irwin return at wide receiver after combining for more than 300 yards and one touchdown while Dalton Schultz had 10 receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game averaged 223 yards per contest last season and Christian McCaffrey returns after leading the way with 2,019 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Stanford allowed 22.6 points and 368 yards per game. Peter Kalambayi returns after 52 tackles, Solomon Thomas had 10.5 tackles for loss and Quenton Meeks had three interceptions.
The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pac-12. The Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 38-18 ATS in their last 56 home games.
Stanford has a new quarterback and some key guys missing on the defensive side of the ball, so not sure what's up with the big line. Also, KSU is one of the more well coached teams in the league with Bill Snyder calling the shots. When Kansas State looks outmatched, it usually still finds ways to hang around.
I don't love this game, but I respect Snyder and usually take the points with him when I can get them. That doesn't change here.