As college football season draws closer, the Kansas State Wildcats continue to prepare themselves for what’s ahead of them in 2014. KC Kingdom will take a little bit of a closer look at the Wildcats schedule this season.
The first half for Head Coach Bill Snyder’s Wildcat team last was a struggle. New quarterbacks, different system, and unknown players. The Wildcats were very slow right from the start losing the opener at home to North Dakota State.
From there, the Wildcats continued to struggle, going 2-4. With returning key players at both sides of the ball, we will see come August if things are much different this time around. Here’s a sneak peek at the first six games for Kansas State this season.
The First Half Schedule
August 30 Stephen F. Austin
This should be a preparation game for the Kansas State Wildcats. If anything fall in the odd lines of last year’s opener, it will be huge concern. The opening loss should fuel the Wildcats to a better start.
September 6 @Iowa State
This is THE trap game for the Wildcats before the Auburn game especially with the game being on the road in Ames. The Cyclones play a lot better in their own stadium. This game could come down to the 4th quarter.
September 18 Auburn
An ESPN primetime game, not to mention a sellout crowd at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Yes, everyone in Manhattan has been talking about this game since the schedule came late last season. The national runner-up for last season Auburn Tigers comes to town. This is bigger than the Miami game a couple of years ago. If the Wildcats play at their best then the sky is the limit.
September 27 UTEP
UTEP usually has a solid team and a few levels down from Auburn. Depending on what the results are from the Auburn game, K-State either way needs to not let their guard down.
October 4 Texas Tech
After taking the Red Raiders to the Woodshed last season in Lubbock, K-State welcomes Texas Tech to Manhattan in their first Big 12 conference game. Ryan Mueller had a big impact in last year’s game and hopefully can repeat that magic this year. The K-State defensive line will need to transfer that same energy here.
October 18 @Oklahoma
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The last time the Wildcats were in Norman they upset the Sooners behind Collin Klein at quarterback. Klein will be on the sidelines, but as a coach this time. That means in this conference road test that Jake Waters will need to be on his game to give the Wildcats a shot to win.
Oklahoma’s quarterback Trevor Knight burned the Wildcats in Manhattan last season. Be sure to look out for the Waters/Tyler Lockett duo in this game. The two connected last year with 3 touchdowns, so let’s hope that they can sync up again this year and put some points up on the board.
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