Big 12 Matchups, Looking Behind, Looking Ahead: Kansas State
Looking back and looking ahead at WVU’s matchups around the Big 12.
The Mountaineers make their second-to-last away game trip the second week of November, traveling to ‘Little’ Manhattan, Kansas to take on Bill Snyder and his Wildcats.
Going into the season, the Wildcats are again considered a part of the upper tier of the Big 12. By the time the Mountaineers head to Manhattan, it is highly likely that the Big 12 will be lined up much differently than predicted earlier this summer at Big 12 media days.
Last season, the Mountaineers barely scraped by in a 17-16 victory in Morgantown. While the Wildcats came out strong early on last fall, the Mountaineers were able to just barely outlast them down to the end. The series between the two teams currently sits at 1-4, with West Virginia obviously hoping to capitalize on last fall’s win.
As of this week, the Wildcats enter the season sitting at number 20 in the preseason AP poll, two spots above the Mountaineers. The Wildcats offense has a great amount of depth with their running backs. Running back Mike McCoy will be one that the Mountaineers defense will have to keep an eye on. Returning quarterback Jesse Ertz will be coming back with more experience and likely an increase in talent from last season. The Wildcats will definitely be taking advantage of having a quarterback like Ertz, with the capability of running the ball.
The last story coming out of the Wildcats team is the storyline surrounding longtime head coach Bill Snyder. Coach Snyder was diagnosed with throat cancer this past offseason, but has thankfully been reported as doing well since then. That being said, one of these seasons will likely be the last for the revered coach.
Could this be the final run for Snyder? And if so, does it put all of the conference on alert for a team that will go out swinging, giving it all for a coach loved by just about everyone? If so, this could be a tricky game for the Mountaineers in November.