South Dakota Coyotes (0-0) at Kansas State Wildcats (0-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 5, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -36 -- Over/Under:
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The Kansas State Wildcats host FCS squad the South Dakota Coyotes in the season opener for both schools.
The South Dakota Coyotes suffered through a dismal 2014 with a 2-10 record that was easily explained by the scoreboard where opponents outscored them 35-19. The Coyotes struggled to pass and might again this year with Ryan Saeger winning the job in the spring after throwing for 632 yards a year ago. Eric Shufford (47-632) and Riley Donovan (32-396) return as his top options with TE Aaron Ramsey snagging 12 balls for 225 yards as a freshman. The rushing attack put up top 60 numbers but leading runner Trevor Bouma (106-524) is still recovering from a broken arm and sophomore Khorey Kilgore (46-196) was sidelined in the spring with an injury. The defense will need some points to work with as they were gouged on the ground to the tune of 235 yards.
Bill Snyder guided the Kansas State Wildcats to a 9-4 mark a season ago although he has to fill quite a few spots at the skill positions to match last year’s level of success. Quarterback Joe Hubener has 235 passing yards and 142 rushing yards to his credit with Jake Waters taking 658 yards on the ground alone to graduation and 3,500 passing yards with him as well so the void under center looks substantial. The receiving corps lost over 2,50 yards in Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton so right off the bat the offense is likely to take a step backwards. Charles Jones (133-540) will be running behind an experienced line but with numerous losses offensively the Wildcats will likely be leaning on their defense more then ever.
The over is 6-0 in Coyotes last 6 road games and is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 games on fieldturf while going 6-0 in Coyotes last 6 non-conference games. The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and are 37-17 ATS in their last 54 games on fieldturf while going 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. This is one of those games where I think the heavy favorite either covers or just wants to move on and stay healthy…