BEST BET KANSAS ST over Mis­sis­sippi St by 8

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Don’t bash Kansas State too bad for hav­ing to come from be­hind in the fourth quar­ter to de­feat South Dakota in this sea­son’s opener. After all, the Coy­otes made it to the semi­fi­nals of the 2017 FCS Play­offs. On sec­ond thought, go ahead and let the pur­ple cats have it: they lost the turnover bat­tle 4-0, the of­fense failed to score a touch­down un­til the fi­nal pe­riod and new OC An­dre Cole­man’s much-hyped of­fen­sive schemes failed to trans­late into yards and points. As is usu­ally the case, Grandpa Snyder took one for the team by say­ing, “I just didn’t have them pre­pared to play, which is my re­spon­si­bil­ity.” Well, if we know G-Pa (and we think we do), he should get a lot more wild out of his Cats to­day. New Mis­sis­sippi State head coach Joe Moor­head’s de­but was much bet­ter than his for­mer team’s lid-lifter (Penn State) last Satur­day when the Bull­dogs bul­lied S.F. Austin, 63-6. The prob­lem to­day, though, is new coaches are just 9-67 SU away in Game Two of the sea­son when fac­ing an un­beaten non-con­fer­ence foe com­ing off a win. Gramps is at his best in this role, go­ing 87-49-1 ATS at home in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing against foes that scored 42 or more points in their pre­vi­ous game ( as a dog). If that’s got you reach­ing for the Ger­i­tol, re­mem­ber that KSU is the best team in the na­tion over the last 19 sea­sons in non-of­fen­sive TDs, net­ting more than 2.5 per sea­son than the yearly av­er­age. The Man­hat­tan Cats also played more un­der­class­men than any FBS team dur­ing the last two years, and the de­fense held their last 8 op­po­nents in 2017 un­der their scor­ing av­er­age. Our data­base shares that the Starkville Bull­dogs have cov­ered just once in their last 6 tries as a fa­vorite or dog of 4 or less points, while Kansas State has gone a per­fect in the sec­ond of 3-plus home games and 4-1 ATS in its last 5 at home when tack­ling a non-Big 12 ad­ver­sary. We wrap it all up with

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