Kickoff Saturday is at 12:35 PM Eastern and the game can be seen on FSN. SBG opened with Kansas State as a 7-point home favorite and with an over/under of 45.
Clawing Back to the Top
The “second coming” of head coach Bill Snyder is proving to be the exact fix for the Kansas State Wildcats as they have opened the season 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread while being considered for national rankings. This is Snyder’s second season back on the job after he took 3 years off in retirement. Almost from the start K-State has improved measurably with their old coach and they could very well be a top bargain value with the college football lines this year. Last week Kansas State scored a 27-20 win over Iowa State as 3.5-point favorites at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Wildcats are a top shelf rushing team that ranks 12th in the country for total rushing yards. Senior Daniel Thomas leads the attack with 552 yards and 6.7 yards per carry average with 6 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Carson Coffman has been efficient though unspectacular.
A Top Conference USA Contender
Central Florida is a strong team in their own right under 7th year head coach George O’Leary, who has led them to 3 bowls including 2 post season berths in the last 3 seasons. UCF is among the favorites to contend for the Conference USA championship. The Knights covered the college football betting line last week in a 24-10 win at Buffalo as 7.5-point favorites to improve their record to 2-1 both straight up and against the spread. Defense is the key to the Knights success as they rank 14th in the nation for total defense and 19th best for points permitted. The offense ranks in the bottom third of the country with the result being that Central Florida has gone under the total in 2 out of their 3 games.
Central Florida has beaten the college football lines in 8 out of their last 9 road games while Kansas State has gotten the cash in 6 out of their last 8 games at home. This is the first meeting between the teams.