Free Week 1 Prediction: Wildcats vs Cardinal Odds
Looking for Kansas State Wildcats vs. Stanford Cardinal free picks? Week 1 College football betting sees the Wildcats taking on the #7 Cardinal Friday September 2nd at Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
((0-0) Kansas State Wildcats vs. #7 Stanford Cardinal
Date: Friday, September 2nd
Time: 9:30 PM
Venue:Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
NCAA Football Spread: Stanford -15
NCAA Betting Total: 50
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Week 1 action features a potential upset as the Kansas State Wildcats take on the #7 Stanford Cardinal Friday night.
Stanford has a lot of high hopes this season, but will get a hungry Kansas State team that returns a lot of players from injury from last season.
Kansas State Wildcats
The Wildcats enter play this season ready to make a push at the Big 12.
Kansas State had a rollercoaster of a season last year as they had to struggle to get to 6 wins and gain bowl eligibility.
After starting the season 3-0 against 3 weak non conference opponents, Kansas State dropped their next 6 games and found themselves in no mans land.
Bill Snyder rallied the troops and kept the Wildcats postseason run alive with 3 straight wins over Iowa State, Kansas, and West Virginia to finish the season off.
What makes the Wildcats so dangerous this season is their returning players from injury.
Jesse Ertz and Alex Delton both were declared out for the season, leaving the Wildcats with a lot of questions down the stretch of the season. Both are back at 100% and ready to go here in game 1 against Stanford.
Kansas State will look to find themselves in 3rd down and short situations here against the Cardinal. The Wildcats aren’t an explosive team that can pick up mass amounts of yards to move the chains.
Getting into 3rd and 4 or less gives Kansas State plenty of options to playcall. Moving the chains and keeping that clock moving, keeps the Stanford offense off the field.
#7 Stanford Cardinal
Stanford has a lot of high hopes heading into this season.
The number 7 team in the nation enters play here has a lot of expectations, but must not overlook this Wildcats team.
Stanford lost a lot offensively and will be going up against a defense that not only returns a lot of their defensive starters, but that was the main reasoning for their success in 2015.
Stanford will look to Christian McCaffrey, a Heisman front runner, to carry the load offensively. McCaffrey did just about everything last season.
From running wild to even catching a team high in passes, the star RB is going to see plenty of touches here in Week 1.
The QB position offers a lot of questions for Stanford.
Keller Chryst and Ryan Burns both are expected to get time early on. It may came down to which one can hand the ball off better to McCaffrey at this point.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pac-12.
- Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
- Cardinal are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games in September.
- Cardinal are 40-18-1 ATS in their last 59 games on grass.
- Cardinal are 38-18 ATS in their last 56 home games.
- Cardinal are 49-24-1 ATS in their last 74 games overall.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
Stanford cannot sleep on this Kansas State team.
The Wildcats have the potential to be a threat on both sides of the ball.
Time of possession will be the key to victory here. Whoever can keep the opposing offense off the field and control the ground game, will wear the opposition down.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Kansas State +15
The Wildcats offense sets up for this game. They have the ability to keep that clock running and to keep McCaffrey off the field.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Stanford 27- Kansas State 21
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