Auburn Tigers vs. Kansas State Wildcats Betting Odds - Spread Pick
In a battle of two ranked and unbeaten teams coming off a bye week, the SEC's Auburn Tigers will travel to Bill Snyder Family Stadium this Thursday night to tangle with the Kansas State Wildcats, out of the Big 12. The game is set to kick-off at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Auburn vs. Kansas State Game Overview
The Tigers went into last week's bye with a 2-0 start both straight-up and against the spread. They beat SEC foe Arkansas 45-21 in their season opener as 17.5-point home favorites and they crushed San Jose State 59-12 in Week 2 as 33.5-point favorites at home. The total went OVER in both games. The 104 points they put up in those two games has them ranked fifth in the nation in scoring.
Auburn's high-octane offense has got it done on the ground so far with an average of 330 rushing yards in its first two games. Cameron Artis-Payne has led the way with 289 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries, but Corey Grant has been effective as well with 176 yards on just 20 attempts which equates to an average of 8.8 yards a run. Wide Receiver D'haquille Williams has been a force in the passing game with 13 receptions for 214 yards and a score.
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The Wildcats are also 2-0 SU to start the year, but they have failed to cover the spread in either contest as double-digit favorites. Their last time out, they squeezed past Iowa State on the road 32-28 as 12.5-point favorites. The total has gone OVER in both of their games. Kansas State actually trailed the Cyclones 28-20 at the half, but its defense pitched a shutout in the second half to help secure the win.
Offensively, Jake Waters has put the ball up 57 times for 35 completions, 462 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Lockett has been a big play receiver in the passing game with an average of 20.7 yards a catch for 145 total yards and one score.
While the pass offense has produced an average of 238.5 yards a game, the ground game has kept pace with an average of 236 yards in its first two outings. Waters has proven to be a duel threat with a team-high 193 rushing yards on 37 carries.
Auburn vs. Kansas State Betting Trends
The Tigers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five road games.
The Wildcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win and they have failed to cover in five of their last seven nonconference matchups. The total has gone OVER in nine of their last 11 games following a bye week.
These two last met in 2007 with Auburn coming away with a 23-13 victory as a 13.5-point home favorite. The total stayed UNDER the 46-point closing line.
Auburn vs. Kansas State Point Spread Pick
While BetOnline has yet to post its total line for this game, the top play could be on the OVER as long as it is not set too high. As far as the head-to-head matchup, giving nine points on the road is always a risk against a quality opponent, but in this case it is justified. Neither team has been tested yet, but Auburn's overall edge in talent on both sides of the ball will prove to be just too much for Kansas State to keep this game closer than 10 points.