Big 12: Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State had the pieces in place to do a whole lot more than 5-7 last season.
It’s not that Bill Snyder couldn’t coach, but there wasn’t enough of a passing game, the offensive line underachieved, and the defense didn’t do much of anything to get behind the line.
Enter North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman, whose Bison team was fifth in the nation in the FCS in total defense, had a great year on the offensive front, and was terrific at getting into the backfield.
Not dogging Snyder, but the new coach and new ideas should do just enough to make the Wildcats terrific.
The receiving corps is solid for veteran Skylar Thompson to work with, three starters return on the O line, and almost everyone of note is back on D.
The schedule isn’t easy, but the Wildcats get Oklahoma, TCU and West Virginia at home. They should have right mix of experience, scheme and toughness to be a thorn in the Big 12’s side.
And they have Klieman, a terrific get to build on everything Snyder created.
– Kansas State Schedule & Analysis