Schedule and Odds
Kansas State seems to surprise every year with Bill Snyder at the helm and that was the case last season as they finished in third place with a 7-2 Big 12 record. This year may be a little tougher for the Wildcats to reach those levels with a good amount of turnover, especially on the offensive end. Then again, never underestimate Bill Snyder.
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With Jake Waters out at quarterback, KSU still hasn’t figured out who will be the opening-day starter. Joe Hubener was supposed to be the guy, but he didn’t do anything extraordinary in the spring. This battle is expected to go into the fall if not longer with Hubener competing with Jesse Ertz and even freshman Andy Delton. Charles Jones returns in the backfield, but it’s not like he was great last year, only averaging 4.1 yards per carry to go with 13 touchdowns. He’ll get competition from newcomers Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon from the start.
Wide receiver will be an even tougher spot as record-holder Tyler Lockett is gone (106 receptions) along with Curry Sexton (79 receptions). That’s a lot of catches to replace. Deante Burton, Kody Cook and Kyle Klein all have experience, but usually as the third wide out on the field. One of them will have to step up for this offense. The offensive line is the lone place where this offense should look good out of the gates. They return Four senior starters, although lose a three-time all-Conference center. Snyder always seems to have this group ready for the season, so it’ll be interesting to see how things work out this year.
The Wildcats are usually a stout defensive team, no matter what players they lose from the previous year. They allowed just 23.2 points per Game a year ago, and return a good amount of players from that crew. The defense should lead the team this year.
The defensive line looks set with Four experienced guys leading the charge. They should be the anchor of this unit. Elijah Lee is the player to watch at outside linebacker after making the switch from defensive end. He bulked up a bit and should cause plenty of problems for opposing teams (highlighted by a sack and pick-six in spring Game). The secondary looks set to be one of the best in the Big 12 with Four seniors to work with. A couple guys will be first-year starters, but also a couple were all-Conference selections in 2014. Each unit in this defense is stout.
The good news for the offense is that they get three favorable Games to start the season and then a bye before heading into Big 12 play at Oklahoma State. The Wildcats get a rough opening to their Conference slate, with the only positives being home Games against TCU, Oklahoma and Baylor. If they can get two wins from those first five Conference Games, that’d be enough with road Games at Texas Tech and Kansas to close out the year. Another advantage from this Schedule is the two bye weeks that KSU gets, at the end of September and October.
A lot of projections have Kansas State as the seventh-best team in the Big 12 this year, but with one of the better defenses and an offense that seemingly always gets the job done, this could be another eight- or nine-win team.
2015 Kansas State Football Schedule
Sept. 5 vs. South Dakota
Sept. 12 at UTSA
Sept. 19 vs. Louisiana Tech
Oct. 3 at Oklahoma State
Oct. 10 vs. TCU
Oct. 17 vs. Oklahoma
Oct. 24 at Texas
Nov. 5 vs. Baylor
Nov. 14 at Texas Tech
Nov. 21 vs. Iowa State
Nov. 28 at Kansas
Dec. 5 vs. West Virginia