The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Kansas State Wildcats.
No. 33: Kansas State Wildcats
Spring Practice Starts: March 13
Spring Game: April 21
Kansas State Wildcats Spring Status
Kansas State continues to be a rock-solid bowl program under Bill Snyder, but can it finally make that move to get up into the elite of the Big 12 again?
Four of the five losses came by a touchdown or less, but the last three conference wins were by seven points or fewer, too. There’s just never a lot of margin for error for the Cats, but they usually come out on the right side.
This year, they should be on that right side in more games.
The offense loses top receiver Byron Pringle, and FB Winston Dimel left as a grad transfer, but that’s about it. The attack had better be ready to rock, though, with the defense getting hit hard with way too many big pieces gone. However, the program is always able to plug-and-play defenders.
And if it doesn’t, this team might be able to take care of business on the other side of the ball.
Kansas State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Linebacker. Again. Losing top linebackers is the norm for the program, having to undergo a bit of an overhaul before last year, too. Now, Top two tacklers Jayd Kirby and Trent Tanking are done after combining for 196 stops.
As always, there are good parts waiting in the wings to show what they can do, but Elijah Sullivan has to rise up and be a star for the new group.
Kansas State Biggest Issue
Third down conversions. Kansas State survives by moving the chain and controlling games, but it didn’t do enough of that on third downs last season. It was simple – convert, and everything was okay. When the O connected on 35% or more of its chances, it went 6-1. When it was under, it went 2-4.
Kansas State Biggest Positive
The offensive line. It would’ve been nice to still have Dimel around to blast away for the ground game, but the talent and experience are there on the line to do the job. It was a young line last season with three sophomores and two junior getting the call. And now they’re all back – RB Alex Barnes and QBs Sklar Thompson and Alex Delton will have huge years.
Really, Why Are The Kansas State Wildcats Ranked Here?
There’s a whole lot missing from the defense, but again, the Cats always know how to reload. With an offense that has enough experience to be far sharper, more consistent, and stronger, the potential is there to challenge for one of the top two spots in Big 12 title game.