Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a continuing series of early preseason preview articles examining the good news and bad news surrounding each of the Big 12 football teams heading into the 2014 season.
Kansas State Wildcats
2013 season record: 8-5 overall, 5-4 in the Big 12, 5th place
The best news of all for Kansas State and its fans is that Bill Snyder is back on the sidelines again in 2014 for his 23rd season overall as the Wildcats’ head coach. A close second to that for 2014 is that Jake Waters returns for another season at quarterback for the Wildcats. Waters completed 260 passes last season for 2,469 yards an 18 touchdowns. Most of those 18 TD tosses were to wide-receiver Tyler Lockett, which is more good news for K-State because Lockett also is back this coming season.
The Wildcats encountered a very difficult to start to last season, losing at home to North Dakota State and then having to start the conference season with back-to-back road games at Texas and Oklahoma State. K-State closed out the season, however, winning six of its final seven games, including a victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Bill Snyder-coached teams don’t beat themselves. They make you have to beat them to come away with a win. Snyder’s teams always play with great discipline and they are fundamentally sound. It doesn’t matter where the Kansas State recruits come from. Snyder always manages to get the most out of them.
Three games into the 2014 season, Kansas State will host national championship runner-up from last season, the Auburn Tigers. The good news in a potentially bad news scenario is that K-State gets this game at home, where the Wildcats are extremely difficult to beat. In the past three seasons, Kansas State has won 18 of the 22 games played at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Unfortunate for the Wildcats in 2014, their most difficult conference games are on the road at Oklahoma and at Baylor. They also play TCU away from home.