CFB Week 4 Preview & Betting Odds: Auburn-Kansas State

The fifth-ranked Auburn Tigers will visit Manhattan, Kansas for a Thursday night date against the Kansas State Wildcats (7:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN).  Both teams are off to undefeated starts, and a win this week will bolster one team’s chance to make college football’s inaugural playoff.

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The fifth-ranked Auburn Tigers will visit Manhattan, Kansas for a Thursday night date against the Kansas State Wildcats (7:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN).  Both teams are off to undefeated starts, and a win this week will bolster one team’s chance to make college football’s inaugural playoff.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn recognizes the magnitude of this road test.  “[Kansas State] is going to be a big test for us — top-20 team on the road, extremely tough place to play, playing against one of the better coaches to ever walk the planet,” Malzahn said. “So it’s going to be a good measuring stick of where our program is.

“Our guys are looking forward to it and it ought to be a good one.”

Malzahn’s comment is about Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who has become synonymous with Wildcat football over the years.  Snyder called Auburn “a tremendously football team” and “one of the best teams in the country.”

“They’ve got extremely fast, and big and physical receivers and running backs that are quick and change direction extremely well and they’re physical up front,” Snyder continued.  “You’re not playing just Nick Marshall, you got to defend the gamut of offensive football.”

Although Kansas State may not be as talented as the Tigers, Snyder-coached teams seemingly always come ready to play against the nation’s elite.

They’ll have to contend with Marshall, who runs Auburn’s high-octane offense.  Marshall is a dynamic playmaker in Auburn’s attack and an early Heisman candidate.

“Nick is a young guy that can do so many things.  A lot of people want to suggest that he doesn’t throw the ball well and I think he throws it extremely well,” Snyder said.

Auburn is currently favored for Thursday night’s game at -6.5.