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College Football Betting Preview: Kansas State Wildcats vs. UCF Knights

September 23, 2023


The 3-0 UCF Knights will travel to take on the 2-1 Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday night in week 4 of the college football season. 

UCF enters this game with a record of 3-0 following wins at home against the Kent State Golden Flashes by a score of 56-6 and the Villanova Wildcats by a score of 48-14 while winning on the road against the Boise State Broncos by a score of 18-16 while the Kansas State Wildcats enter this game with wins at home against the SE Missouri State Redhawks by a score of 45-0 and the Troy Trojans by a score of 42-13 while losing at home against the Missouri Tigers by a score of 27-30. Will the Knights remain undefeated or will the Wildcats bounce back from their week 3 loss? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The UCF Knights enter this game with a record of 3-0 following a 48-14 win at home against the Villanova Wildcats while covering the 26.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. UCF scored 48 points while compiling 600 total yards offensively which included 349 passing yards and 251 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 228 total yards defensively which included 144 passing yards and 84 rushing yards. 

Timmy McClain led the team in passing, completing 20 of 28 attempts for 321 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 44 yards. RJ Harvey led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns while adding two receptions for 16 yards. Kobe Hudson led the team in receiving, catching six of nine targets for 147 yards.

Kansas State enters this game with a record of 2-1 following a 27-30 loss on the road against the Missouri Tigers while failing to cover the 3.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 3 of the college football season. The Wildcats scored 27 points while compiling 408 total yards offensively which included 270 passing yards and 138 rushing yards while allowing 30 points and 430 total yards defensively which included 356 passing yards and 74 rushing yards. 

Will Howard led the team in passing, completing 25 of 39 attempts for 270 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 21 yards. Treshaun Ward led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 54 yards while adding five receptions for 61 yards. Ben Sinnott led the team in receiving, catching five of eight targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

BookMaker has the Kansas State Wildcats listed as 4-point favorites at home against the UCF Knights on Saturday night in week 4 of the college football season. These teams have only met one other time before this matchup which resulted in a 17-13 win for the Kansas State Wildcats while the Knights covered the 6.5-point spread as a road underdog in the matchup. UCF is 2-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS on the road this season while the Kansas State Wildcats are 2-1 ATS overall, 2-0 ATS at home, and 2-1 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Kansas State is the slightly more talented team this season while both teams are 2-1 ATS overall, the Wildcats are 2-0 ATS at home while the UCF Knights are 0-1 ATS on the road. As a result, I am taking the Kansas State Wildcats -4 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Kansas State Wildcats -4