Big 12 Wire: Kansas State lurking

By Wade Haugen           

Sports Blogger

@wade_haugen

 

(O’Colly File Photo)

Bill Snyder enters his 27th season at the helm of Kansas State’s football program with large amounts of excitement in Manhattan. The Wildcats enter the season still riding the wave of momentum from their bowl game victory over Texas A&M.

Snyder’s squad returns 14 starters from last year’s team, including quarterback Jesse Ertz. Ertz, who will be given the keys to the offensive operation this season, is a dual-threat weapon at quarterback. He finished last season as Kansas State’s leading rusher with 1,012 yards.

As is the norm with the Wildcats, expect solid play in the trenches. Snyder’s teams have always been known for exceptional play in the trenches, and this year won’t be any different.

One of the biggest question marks surrounding this team is its linebackers. Replacing Elijah Lee, who finished last year on the All-Big 12 team, will be a tough void to fill. However, with the infusion of a few junior college transfers and returning starters, the secondary looks to be a strength of this team.

The schedule falls in the Wildcats favor this season. Although they must travel to Oklahoma State and Texas, they get Oklahoma at home and have five conference home games. Of their four conference road games, two of those are against Kansas and Texas Tech, which were a combined 7-17 last season.

If the Wildcats can stay healthy, expect them to be in the thick of the Big 12 title race come December.

Schedule

Sept. 2: Central Arkansas

Sept. 9: Charlotte

Sept. 16: at Vanderbilt

Sept. 23: Bye

Sept. 30: Baylor

Oct. 7: at Texas

Oct. 14: TCU

Oct. 21: Oklahoma

Oct. 28: at Kansas

Nov. 4:  at Texas Tech

Nov. 11: West Virginia

Nov. 18:  at Oklahoma State

Nov. 25: Iowa Stat

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