1. KANSAS STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
So … the guy won four FCS national championships, and he wasn’t a hotter head coaching prospect, why?
Chris Klieman is the exact right fit to take Kansas State to a whole other level. Under Bill Snyder, the Wildcat program was able to rock with a system that overcame a talent gap by controlling the clock, dominating on special teams, owning the turnover margin, destroying teams on third downs.
North Dakota State last year checked all of those boxes.
It was tenth in the FCS in time of possession, owned the punting game and was decent on kickoff returns, was fourth in the nation in turnover margin, was third in third down conversions and eighth in third down stops.
That’s the Kansas State dream. However …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 7
There’s a wee bit of an issue when it comes to overall depth, and for this all to work, it’s going take a lot of strong seasons from a whole lot of parts that sputtered last year.
But the new coaching staff should work wonders right away for at least a two-win improvement.
Going to Mississippi State is a problem, and road games at Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech will be difficult. The bigger problem will be owning Manhattan with Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Iowa State all potentially losable games.
But the Wildcats will win just enough home games to get bowl eligible without sweating too much, and the program will show the potential to be a bigger player under Klieman.