Kansas State vs Stanford Week 1 Expert Pick and Odds

Posted by Aaron . on August 2, 2016 in

Two Power 5 conference opponents square off in Week 1 as the Kansas State Wildcats head west to take on the Stanford Cardinal. While Stanford was in the conversation for last year’s College Football Playoff all the way to the end last season, Kansas State barely qualified for a bowl, hampered by injuries on both sides of the ball. Can the Wildcats pull off the big road upset? Be sure to check for more college football odds by clicking here.

Here’s a Look at the Kansas State vs Stanford Week 1 Expert Pick, Odds & TV Info

When: Friday, September 2, 2016, 9:00pm ET
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Radio: Kansas State / Stanford
Live Stream: Pac-12 Networks Live
NCAA Odds: Stanford (-16.5)

Why should you bet on Kansas State?

KSU coach Bill Snyder doesn’t do a whole lot of quality recruiting, but he gets the most out of his teams each year. When Snyder came, the Wildcats were among the dregs of the Big 12, but he has made a disciplined program that follows the scheme. Kansas State has made a reputation for sneaking up on teams that have more talent but fail in the area of discipline, but Stanford is not one of those teams.

Why should you put your money on the Cardinal?

Stanford absolutely obliterated an Iowa team in the Rose Bowl that had only lost one game all season — and they lost it in the last few minutes against Michigan State. Christian McCaffrey returns to key the running attack again, and Kansas State, while traditionally a strong defensive team, does not have the manpower to counteract the Stanford line and keep McCaffrey in check. Stanford’s defense will be more than enough of a match for a Wildcat offense using an unproven quarterback.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s true that the 2015 regular season opened with a weaker team making Stanford pay for not paying attention. After seeing that make them miss the College Football Playoff, you can bet that the Cardinal will be ready to go from the opening kick. Stanford is just as disciplined as Kansas State and has a lot more talent. This is a gargantuan line, but I like Stanford anyway. I’m predicting a 41-14 Stanford win.