By Brad Carroll
After a lackluster slate of games last week in college football, this week starts off with a blast. Thursday night Auburn travels to take on Kansas State in a matchup of ranked teams, which only happened once all of last week. Yes, it's a blockbuster, and yes, we have the preview and our college football experts pick the game against the spread.
As always make sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest college football news, analysis and picks. We will also have you covered with the biggest games of the college football Saturday as well. But first, it's No. 6 Auburn and No. 20 Kansas State.
No. 6 Auburn at No. 20 Kansas State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
The Spread: Auburn -9; Kansas State +9
Brad's Breakdown: Auburn easily defeated its first two opponents this season, Arkansas and San Jose State, but this is the first true test for how good the Tigers truly are this season. The running game for Auburn, which is a big reason it played for a national championship last year, is still as potent as ever, with 660 total yards on the ground in those first two games. Quarterback Nick Marshall has struggled in the passing game, but should get a huge boost with the return of wide receiver Sammie Coates. Auburn has has two weeks to prepare of the Wildcats, who defeated Stephen F. Austin and then survived against Iowa State two weeks ago. Kansas State has lost six straight games against non-conference top 25 opponents, including once to Auburn back in 2007. Both teams have had two weeks to prepare of this game. Auburn having to travel and play at Kansas State under the lights on national television is going to be a difficult challenge. But over the course of a full game, that adrenaline push for the Wildcats can only take them so far. Auburn is the much better team and should put Kansas State away in the second half.
Brad's Score: Auburn 40, Kansas State 28
Craig's Score: Auburn 38, Kansas State 28
Glenn's Score: Auburn 42, Kansas State 17
Matt's Score: Auburn 31, Kansas State 24
Brad Last Week: 4-7 (spread), 7-4 (straight-up), 0-0 (upset picks)
Brad Season: 22-17 (spread), 29-10 (straight-up), 2-1 (upsets)
Craig Last Week: 4-7 (spread), 8-3 (straight-up), 1-0 (upset picks)
Craig Season: 19-20 (spread), 27-12 (straight-up), 3-4 (upsets)
Glenn Last Week: 5-6 (spread), 7-4 (straight-up), 0-0 (upset picks)
Glenn Season: 25-14 (spread), 31-8 (straight-up), 3-0 (upsets)
Matt Last Week: 6-5 (spread), 8-3 (straight-up), 1-0 (upset picks)
Matt Season: 21-18 (spread), 28-11 (straight-up), 3-3 (upsets)