Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Carl Miles Jr. (2) and wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) celebrate after winning defensive and offensive players of the game after beating the Michigan Wolverines 31-14 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State Wildcats Ranked Third in Big 12 Preseason Rankings

Last week the preseason rankings came out for each conference in college football with good news for the Kansas State Wildcats. Head Coach Bill Snyder and his Wildcat squad were picked to finished third by the media of the Big 12 behind Baylor and preseason number one Oklahoma.

K-State started off very slow a season ago before picking up steam and winning five of their last six games. The last game of the season resulted in a victory in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Michigan.-related-category]

The Wildcats are bringing back key components on offense and defense, which should give them a lot of ammunition to compete in the Big 12.

Quarterback Jake Waters is back for his senior season and will look to pick up where he left off. Waters threw for over 2,000 yards in 2013.

Waters shouldn’t have to worry about having another stellar season, as his favorite target Tyler Lockett will be returning this season as well. Lockett had a monster season last year with 81 catches for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns.

On the defensive side, five starters return for K-State: Ryan Mueller, Jonathan Truman, and Dante Barnett. These guys highlight a defense that came into its own by the end of last season.

Truman returns as the leader in tackles from a year ago with 89. Mueller had a breakout season, adding 11.5 sacks. Barnett had four interception last year. He will be joined by returning starter in cornerback Randall Evans.

The Kansas State Wildcats will break in a few new starters once again. After missing in action for almost the last part of the season after his game-winning field goal against TCU, Jack Cantele returns to the special teams unit.

The Wildcats will look to play a factor in the Big 12 as they look get back at contending for the top spot.

Preseason Big 12 Look (Prediction) 

1 Oklahoma (47)

2 Baylor (9)

3 Kansas State

4 Texas

5 Oklahoma State

6 Texas Tech

7 TCU

8 West Virginia

9 Iowa State

10 Kansas

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