Football is nearly upon us.
Saturday morning, the long hot summer will finally give way to... well, the long hot autumn. But at least we’ll have the loving arms of football to comfort us.
The Kansas State Wildcats (0-0) host (technically, anyway) the Stanford Cardinal (0-0) in the Allstate Kickoff Classic at JerryWorld. The game was originally scheduled as the home game for K-State in a home-and-home series, but was moved to Arlington for the almighty dollar.
It is the second meeting ever between the two schools, the first coming in 2016 when Christian McCaffrey was just too much for the Cats to handle in a 26-13 loss. It’s Chris Klieman’s first shot at the Cardinal, while David Shaw was at the helm for Stanford in that game.
Stanford was deeply affected by COVID last year, their schedule abbreviated to only six games as a result. They managed a 4-2 record, but they’ll be breaking in a new quarterback this weekend and they’re not expected to be a contender in the Pac-12.
11:00am CT at AT&T Stadium (80,000) in Arlington, Texas.
K-State is favored by a field goal, with a relatively low total of 53. That implies a 28-25 Wildcat victory, but OddsShark’s projection is... well, honestly, it’s a tie at 24.6-24.2 in favor of Stanford. The line has steadily moved in K-State’s favor; in early August the Cardinal were favored by 1.5 points.
The game will air on FS1 with Aaron Goldsmith and Mark Helfrich calling the action.
As always, Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters will be on hand on the K-State Sports Network as well as via satellite on Sirius 138/XM 199/SXM App 953. ESPN Radio will also have the game, called by the inestimable Matt Kestecher alongside Max Starks, Jorge Sedano, and Mike Peasley.
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