Thursday night college football is back with a vengeance, with a marquee matchup between two conference contenders gracing our televisions. No. 5 Auburn travels to take on No. 20 Kansas State and head coach/magician Bill Snyder, after bye weeks for both teams.
Auburn started the year with a 45-21 victory over an improved Arkansas squad, and followed that up with a 59-13 win over San Jose State. The Tigers’ offense continues to fire on all cylinders, and they remain one of the favorites to make the playoff at the end of the year.
This will be Auburn’s stiffest test to date — the Tigers have never lost against the Wildcats, but Snyder has had an extra week to make a game plan. Kansas State is 2-0 after wins against Stephen F. Austin and Iowa State (the latter much closer than the Wildcats would have liked), and the team will need a significant step up in its play to compete with the Tigers.
How to watch, stream, and listen
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Radio: Here’s a list of affiliates for Auburn. Here’s one for Kansas State.
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Rankings and records: Auburn is ranked No. 5 in the AP and Coaches polls. Kansas State is ranked No. 20 in both polls. Both teams are 2-0 on the season. The Tigers hold a 3-0 all-time lead in the series.
Vegas: Auburn opened as a 6.5-point favorite. The line has since moved to 9.
Weather forecast: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Two things at stake
Auburn has the SEC West’s toughest conference schedule, so winning all of its non-conference games is pretty dang important. This appears to be the toughest one, by far.
After a near-loss to Iowa State, Kansas State’s reputation as a potential Big 12 noisemaker has fallen a bit. A win here, followed by likely victories over UTEP and Texas Tech, would set up quite the matchup Oct. 18 against Oklahoma.