The Kansas State Wildcats football team will kick off its 2015 season September 5th. The season should prove to be an interesting one for the Wildcats, as they’ll have some quarterback competition headed into 2015 between Jonathan Banks, Alex Delton, Jesse Ertz, and Joe Hubener. Bill Snyder is heading into his 24th season as the head coach for K-State.
Banks is a transfer from Contra Costa College in San Puablo, California and has the chance to be the number one guy according to Snyder and Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. Whoever gets the starting gig will lead the team to battle on September 5th against the South Dakota Coyotes.
The following two weeks the Wildcats finish up their non-conference play against the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners on Fox Sports 1 and the next week against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
These games might seem easy in theory, but upsets can happen and it’s very important that the Kansas State Wildcats take these games seriously. Dropping one of these non-conference games will hurt the Wildcats’ chances of being considered for the College Football Playoffs, which is going into its second year.
October 3rd begins the Wildcats’ Big 12 conference play and they’ll travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys. OSU had a bit of a down year in 2014, but don’t expect that to occur for the second straight season. The Cowboys are typically always a competitive team and will have home field advantage in that one.
Kansas State will then host two straight weekends of Big 12 football when the TCU Horned Frogs come to town and the Oklahoma Sooners the next week. TCU really should have been considered for the College Football Playoffs last season, but barely missed the cut. They’ll be a worthy opponent in 2015 with their Heisman Trophy nominee quarterback Trevone Boykin heading into his final season with the Horned Frogs.
The Wildcats will continue to face off against Texas colleges, as they’ll see the Texas Longhorns, Baylor Bears, and Texas Tech Red Raiders in consecutive weeks. Baylor was another team deserving of going to the College Football Playoffs, but fell short of the goal.
The next two games should be winnable against the Iowa State Cyclones and the in-state rival Kansas Jayhawks. Both of these teams faced off last year in the most depressing college football game in the Big 12. Kansas came out victorious and the fans tore down the field goal posts because beating a one-win team is a huge goal apparently.
Kansas State will finish their regular season campaign off against the West Virginia Mountaineers, which will be a tough game.
If I had to predict what the Wildcats’ final record would be I’d say around 9-3 with losses to TCU, Baylor, and West Virginia. The rest should be winnable games, but you just never know. There could be an injury or something season changing for KSU.
This will feel like a bit of a different Kansas State Wildcats squad with Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett both gone and new guys jumping onto the scene. If Banks gets the starting spot, he should be able to do wonders for the offense, as he continues the Wildcat quarterbacks doing damage with his legs. I wouldn’t be shocked if Hubener was able to get the starting spot to begin with, but we will just have to wait and see.
Regardless, the Wildcats should be able to bring home enough wins to be considered for a big Bowl game come winter time.
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