The Kansas State Wildcats take on Stanford on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kansas State is coming off a 4-6 season, while Stanford went 4-2 in its six games last year. Stanford is replacing graduated starting quarterback Davis Mills, while Skylar Thompson returns for the Wildcats after going down for the season in October with what was termed an upper-body injury.
Kickoff is going to take place at noon ET. The Wildcats are three-point favorites in the updated Kansas State vs. Stanford odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 54. Before locking in any Stanford vs. Kansas State picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Kansas State vs. Stanford spread: Kansas State -3
- Kansas State vs. Stanford over-under: 54 points
What you need to know about the Kansas State Wildcats
Thompson is healthy now, providing stability to an offense that struggled in key moments. Running back Deuce Vaughn is one of the best backs in the conference, rushing for 642 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
The Wildcats return all five starters on the offensive line and have their top two backups in the mix. Vaughn has the ability to break off long runs behind a solid offensive line, but he is also a weapon in the passing game. They return some key production defensively and should be an improved unit on that side of the ball.
What you need to know about the Stanford Cardinal
Stanford finished 2020 with a winning record of 4-2. The Cardinal developed a knack for winning close games as Stanford's four wins came by a combined 10 points. The highlight of those was going on the road to No. 23 Washington in early December, jumping out to a 24-3 lead and withstanding a late rally by the Huskies to prevail 31-26.
The Cardinal lost Mills to the NFL Draft and they've listed both Jack West and Tanner McKee atop the depth chart. Neither player has thrown a touchdown in college but the Cardinal offense will revolve around the running game. Both Austin Jones and Nathaniel Peat return, and the two combined to average 125.7 rushing yards per game in 2020.
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