The mission is clear for the Kansas State Wildcats in 2014. Be better disciplined.
Kansas State took center at Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday in Dallas, Texas. Head Coach Bill Snyder was present along with his Senior cast of characters. B.J. Finney, Jake Waters, Tyler Lockett, Ryan Mueller, and Jonathan Truman.
One of the lessons learned from a season ago for the Wildcats is that the team needed to be on the same page and they were not. This was apparent in the Wildcats loss on opening night to FCS 3-time National Champion North Dakota State.
After that loss, Manhattan was filled with disappointed people especially coming off a Big 12 conference title and a Fiesta Bowl appearance in the BCS.
It was a lesson that had to be learned though and now the Wildcats are writing a new book this season with a different schedule that could make or break them.
Stephen F. Austin is the first opponent for Kansas State. Yes, the opponent is no North Dakota State but either way, the Cats must be to hit them in the mouth in oder to set the tone for 2014. Finney and Waters said they must “start off fast” and that is so true.
After Stephen F. Austin, the Wildcats hit the road for their first Big 12 game against Iowa State in Ames and that will be a tough game. Even though the Wildcats handled the Cyclones in Manhattan last year, the game is in a different setting. Iowa State tends to give teams a harder time at home.
K-State then turns around to play SEC opponent/National runner-up Auburn in a Thursday prime-time match-up at home in Manhattan. This game will certainly not be a picnic, as the Tigers are primed to be one of the best teams in college football.
Waters also mention to the media that “there are no excuses this year.” Jake is right; there are no excuses for a team that is bringing back key components offensively and defensively.
The Wildcats also have their starting guy returning at quarterback. There are no excuses for Waters. He must start off well and pick up where he left off last season. If Waters doesn’t start off well, he and the rest of his teammates could be in trouble.
This year feels much more different for these Wildcats this year than last. If the Wildcats playing up to their potential then the sky is the limit for 2014 Wildcats.
The Kansas State Wildcats were ranked third in the preseason rankings in the Big 12, and have the opportunity to compete with the Big 12′s top teams once again.
The betting odds say the Wildcats will win 7.5 games, which is definitely a possibility as none of the opponents on this year schedule will be easy. Like usual, every win will be well earned.
So, what’s the lesson here again?
Simple. The 2014 version of the Kansas State Wildcats need to be discipline to have a successful season.