Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas
Radio: KKGQ (92.3 FM) in Wichita, KCSP (610 AM) in Kansas City
The line: K-State by 23 1/2
The point spread seems a smidgen high. K-State is the better team and there’s no risk of the Wildcats overlooking Nicholls because of Chris Klieman’s respect for FCS teams. But it’s hard to beat an experienced opponent by more than three touchdowns. And Nicholls has lots of experience. The Colonels return 12 starters, including senior quarterback Chase Fourcade, from a team that reached the FCS playoffs and defeated KU last season. The Wildcats will begin the Klieman era with a win, but it might not be a blowout as they adjust to a new system.
Kansas State 35, Nicholls 17