The AP Top 25 Poll for college football was released on Sunday and had two local teams ranked in the top 25. KSU came in at number 20 and Mizzou was ranked at number 24. Both teams had impressive showings in 2013 and hope to build on that for their 2014 campaigns.
Let’s start with KSU. Last year the team went 8-5 including a Bowl victory against Michigan. The team looked sloppy to start the season, but quarterback Jake Waters and his offense picked things up as the season went along. Former Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein will be helping out on the sidelines this year so expect Waters and company to have good numbers in 2014.
KSU also is poised to have an outstanding defense. With a guy like Ryan Mueller on the squad, the team should be able to prevent the opposing team from putting up a ton of points on the board.
On the other side we have Mizzou. The team had a great season last year that included a Cotton Bowl victory against a very tough Oklahoma State squad. While Mizzou lost a lot of big playmakers, they’re still favorites to take the SEC East. Maty Mauk, Mizzou’s quarterback, is a fan favorite and should be able to lead the Tigers to some big games at the end of the season.
These two teams are not only local to the Kansas City area, but they previously were predicted to face each other in the Liberty Bowl this year. Obviously that doesn’t mean much, but it’d be an interesting game for this area that’s for sure.
I predict that these two teams do bigger and better things than the Liberty Bowl. Both should be able to make runs towards the top Bowl games and even have chances at winning them.
I don’t say this enough (being a Huskers fan and all), but Kansas City has a great college sports atmosphere and it’ll be exciting watching these two teams kick butt in 2014.