Kansas State vs. South Dakota fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
Kansas State (0-0) vs. South Dakota (0-0) Game Preview
The South Dakota team knows how to win some interesting – at least last year’s version did.
The Coyotes stunned Bowling Green, and was fantastic against some of the FCS’s best teams beating – at the time – No. 3 Youngstown State, blowing out a top ten North Dakota squad, and utilizing its amazing offense to a 6-0 start before the wheels came off.
Can the No. 2 offense in the FCS last year keep it going?
Kansas State gets Mississippi State up next and has to deal with the Big 12 world at West Virginia in a few weeks. This is supposed to be a bit of a tune-up, but the Coyotes might just make it a whole lot nastier than that.
One Reason Why South Dakota Will Win
The South Dakota offense took center stage for long stretches early last season – finishing the year averaging 524 yards and 38 points per game – but when things were going well, the defense was doing its part, too.
The Coyotes were 12th in the FCS in both sacks and tackles for loss, with 40 sacks and 102 tackles behind the line. The Kansas State offensive line is going to be terrific, but South Dakota is going to bring the heat from the start.
Darin Greenfield is a machine on one end, coming off a nine-sack, 19.5 tackle for loss season as the leader of another great front. No matter what, South Dakota’s D can’t let Kansas State’s offense get comfortable. But …
One Reason Why Kansas State Will Win
That Kansas State offensive line is going to be the real deal, with all-star Dalton Risner and all the starters returning for what should be a strong ground attack.
South Dakota might have had a whole lot of good things going for it last year, but it couldn’t stop anyone’s passing game, and it stunk when it came to time of possession.
The Wildcats are going to be experts – as always under Bill Snyder – of controlling the tempo how they want, and they’ll be great at grinding out drives. But with the big games coming up, this is the game to see how the rotation – if there really is one – of quarterbacks Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton will work. Against this USD secondary, they’ll both have decent days.
What’s Going To Happen
The Wildcats will control the lines from the start, but the Coyotes will do just enough offensively to stay in this and keep it from getting out of hand.
They just won’t have the ball.
Third down conversions were a big issue for last year’s Kansas State team, but it’ll work on that from the start and should be able to keep the chains moving. The O will score on its first two drives, and while it won’t be able to coast, it’ll keep control throughout.