Stanford at Kansas State 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Kansas State Wildcats (0-0) vs Stanford Cardinal (0-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm (AT&T Stadium)
Betting Odds: Kansas State Wildcats -3 -- Over/Under: 53 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Stanford faces Kansas State on Saturday, September 4th at AT&T Stadium for a Week 1 college football matchup.
Stanford is coming off a 4-2 season out of the PAC-12 in 2020. Stanford started the year with two losses to Oregon and Colorado but quickly turned things around with four straight wins in conference play. Stanford is the least experienced team in the PAC-12 heading into the 2021 campaign, only returning six starters on offense. It will be a new look at quarterback for Stanford but the official starter has not been announced yet. It looks like Tanner McKee, a sophomore who only had seven passing attempts last season, is the favorite for the job. On defense, Stanford returns eight starters, which is tied for the second-least in the conference. Stanford has a really difficult schedule set for this season, having to play Oregon, Notre Dame, Washington, and USC amongst others.
Kansas State had a rollercoaster season out of the Big 12 in 2020, finishing the year with a 4-6 record overall and a 4-5 record in conference play. Kansas State started the year with an inexcusable upset loss to Arkansas State but managed to win its next four games. At 4-1, Kansas State went on to lose its five remaining games against tough Big 12 competition. Kansas State is experienced on the offensive side of the ball, returning 10 offensive starters including quarterbacks Will Howard and Skylar Thompson. Kansas State has one of the better running backs in the Big 12 in Deuce Vaughn ran for 5.2 yards per carry in 2020 for the Wildcats and is in the running for a 1st-team spot in the Big 12. Defensively, Kansas State is only returning six starters from a unit that allowed 32.2 points per game to its opponents.
Kansas State is a 3-point favorite and the total is set at 53. This game is at a neutral site in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium, giving no team home-field advantage. I am a bit surprised to see Kansas State as the favorite here, as I think Stanford is the better team heading into the 2021 season. Stanford does have to replace Davis Mills at quarterback, but its running game and strong offensive line should be able to carry it to victory against a weak rushing defense in Kansas State. I will take the points with Stanford here.