Coach Bill Snyder put together one of the best seasons Kansas State has had since he last coached there before returning after the Ron Prince era.
Snyder won’t have it easy this season in the Big 12, and it’s possible that the Wildcats may not be ranked at the end of this season, but I’m giving Snyder some credit.
Even though their offense ranked 101st in the country last season, behind Senior quarterback Collin Klein, Snyder should be able to move the ball down the field against the Big 12 defenses. Klein’s numbers weren’t spectacular last season, but there were only three games where he did not throw for 100 yards. Klein also rushed for 100 yards in five of the Wildcats’ games finishing the season as the leading rusher with 1141 yards and 27 TDs. The Wildcats’ second leading rusher was Junior running back John Hubert. Hubert carried the ball 200 times for a total of 970 yards and three TDs.
The one thing Kansas State will need to improve upon this season is their defense.
Why Kansas State should be ranked higher:
Bill Snyder has a senior quarterback that can rush and throw for 1000 yards. This alone should give Kansas State the ability to put up some decent scoring numbers on Big 12 opponents.
Why Kansas State shouldn’t be ranked higher:
Their schedule is daunting with games at OU, WVU, and TCU, and without a passing game, I’m not sure the Wildcats will be able to keep up with any of those teams….not to mention stop them.
Returning Starters:8 Offense / 6 Defense
Best games: Miami, at Oklahoma, at West Virginia, Oklahoma State, at TCU
2011 Total Offense: 101st
2011 Total Defense: 72nd
2011 Turnover margin: 9th
Championship odds: 150:1
Projected record: 9 – 3