Kansas State vs. Miss State Spread Pick

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs, 9/8/18 Predictions & Preview

The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to go 2-0 on the young college football season with a win over Kansas State on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET. But are bettors falling for a trap by laying the points with the Bulldogs?

Game Snapshot

323 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. 324 Kansas State Wildcats

12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Bulldogs are 7-point favorites to beat the Wildcats. The total, meanwhile, sits at 53.5 points. As of this writing, 64% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Nick Fitzgerald has been reinstated after serving a one-game suspension. Fitzgerald (6'5/230) sat out the team's opener against Stephen F. Austin as punishment for an undisclosed violation of team rules which occurred in March. While Keytaon Thompson started in his place on Saturday and put up nice numbers as both a passer and a runner, Fitzgerald is expected to resume starting duties now that he's been reinstated. Mississippi State tangoes with Kansas State on Saturday.

Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State HC Bill Snyder said that junior WR Isaiah Harris (undisclosed) should be able to play in this coming weekend's date with Mississippi State. Harris (5'8/166) was unable to take the field in K-State's uncomfortably close win over South Dakota on Saturday, but sounds like he's past his health concern, now. He's not an integral cog in the Kansas State offense, having caught a total of just 15 passes through the first two years of his career in Manhattan.

Betting Trends

Mississippi State

The Bulldogs have covered the spread in five of their last six non-conference games.

Kansas State

The Wildcats are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games coming off an ATS loss.

Prediction

The Wildcats have historically had great success under Bill Snyder when listed as a home dog. In fact, the last five times that Snyder has been a home dog of at least eight points, the Wildcats covered all five games, with four being one score results. That said, I just can’t buy into the ‘Cats today. Mississippi State gets Fitzgerald back and Joe Moorhead’s offense will be too much for Kansas State’s defense in the end. This Wildcats team needed a key punt return for a touchdown last week just to beat South Dakota at home. I understand the line movement for this game indicates sharp action but I’m laying the points on the SEC team against an average Big 12 team with problems on offense.

 

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