Capper Says Kansas State Wildcats Will Put Up A Fight vs. Stanford And Cover

Kansas State Wildcats

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:05 PM GMT

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 8:05 PM GMT

For those betting college football, Kansas State at Stanford brings a lot of wonderment. The Cardinal have become gold standard in the Pac-12 for football, but still has to find solutions to stay on top.

Kansas State was .500 and was throttled in Liberty Bowl 45-23 by Arkansas. Is the second go round for Bill Snyder about at the end of the line and if so, will Wildcats football return to among the worst in the sport before he arrived?

The college football odds have Stanford as 15-point home favorites and the opening total of 54 have gone down like Oprah's waistline, now sitting at 48.

Here are the important factors you need to know for making college football picks on this FS1 telecast at 9:00 Eastern.

 

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If Experience Matters at Quarterback, Both Teams in Trouble
This contest features two unproven quarterbacks in Stanford redshirt junior Ryan Burns and Kansas State junior Jesse Ertz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last year's opener against South Dakota.

Burns will at least have the luxury of trying to find an assortment of ways to get the ball to multi-talented Christian McCaffrey, who set NCAA record for all-purpose yards with 3,864. The offensive line is set on the right side, but three new faces are to the left. Burns also has a couple of familiar targets to toss the pigskin to in senior receivers Michael Rector and Francis Owusu.

With Ertz and his backup Alex Delton injured in first two games, the Kansas State offense sputtered, ending up ninth in total offense in the Big 12. Because of inability to pass, Snyder's offense had to run and also suffered from a dearth of good pass catchers. Ertz will help the passing offense and JC transfer Byron Pringle should make an immediate impact as a receiver.

 

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Linebackers Hold Key to Each Clubs Defense
Starting with Jim Harbaugh as a coach, Stanford has been an outstanding defensive team by what they have done with front seven. Last year the Cardinal surrendered 22.6 points a game, which is the most they allowed since 2009. What was lacking last year was experience and with a year under everyone's belt, this contingent should be stronger. Especially like Peter Kalambayi and Kevin Palma at linebacker, which should disruptive NT Sheldon Thomas break in new line-mates. As always the Cardinal secondary is around average but needs to do better than eight total inceptions.

The Kansas State defense was also hit by injuries and combining that with a putrid offense, the Wildcats gave up uncharacteristic 31.9 PPG. Snyder has been working feverishly to get this side of the ball to play better and has three linebackers in Elijah Lee, Will Davis and Charmeachealle Moore, who should be among the best in the Big 12. DE Jordan Willis is outstanding at rushing the passer and Will Geary is run stopper at tackle.

 

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Who Covers and Why
Bill Snyder will turn 77 in October and while he may no longer be a great recruiter, he can still coach players with above average ability to play at higher level. Stanford's David Shaw proved yet again he builds teams that get better as the season progresses, as few would have thought Standard would be Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champions after losing opener at Northwestern.

While the Cardinal have better players at several positions, Kansas State is not that far removed from ability and this is the awfully good spot for Snyder squad since they are 20-8 ATS as road underdogs with 10 outright upsets. Not calling for Wildcats winner, bur K-State falls by 13 or fewer.

 

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