College Football Week 2 Predictions: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, 9/6/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas State -12.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas State -12.5
Opening Total:  60.5
Current Total:  56
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The Kansas State Wildcats are 57-6 SU in September under head coach Bill Snyder
The Kansas State Wildcats are 57-6 SU in September under head coach Bill Snyder

Kansas State is coming off a dominating 55-16 season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin as 41.5-point home favorites last week, as it won the statistical battle by a sizable 184-yard margin.  The Wildcats are a dominating 18-4 against the Cyclones under longtime head coach Bill Snyder, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions, especially since they’ve won the last six by an average of 10.5 points.  Kansas State is 13-4 ATS versus Big 12 Conference opponents the last two-plus seasons, with no edge in terms of the betting total (9-9 Over/Under).

The Wildcats are 8-7 in Big 12 openers under Snyder, which includes wins in four of their last five tries in that situation.  Fast starts have propelled the program to great heights with Snyder on the sidelines—putting together a 57-6 SU record in the month of September.  Kansas State has won 40 straight games when leading at the half, which is currently the third-longest active streak of its kind nationally.

Iowa State is looking for its first win in a conference opener since its first Big 12 game of the 2002 season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football lines.  The Cyclones have lost seven consecutive games versus ranked opponents, as they look to win three consecutive conference games for the first time since 2011, as they finished out last year with back-to-back wins in that situation.  Iowa State is 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Cyclones must improve a great deal defensively to be competitive in this matchup, as they allowed the North Dakota State Bison to rack up 506 yards of offense last week.  Offensively, the team is up against it with star wide receiver Quenton Bundrage suffering a season-ending injury on the first series of the season, with most looking for senior running back Aaron Wimberly to carry the load.  He scored both of Iowa State’s touchdowns last week—matching his season total from last season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 3-1-1 ATS mark in the last five meetings in this series.

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