3. Nevada Wolfpack
2020 Record: 7-2
The third game on the schedule for Kansas State is another non-conference matchup at home, a game against the Nevada Wolfpack. Nevada has never squared off against the Wildcats and this should be a win for the veteran Kansas State football team.
The Mountain WestWire predicts Nevada going 9-3, but to watch out for the experienced Wildcats. Hopefully Klieman has his team ready and makes sure no one is complacent after hosting the Southern Illinois Salukis in week 2.
Nevada’s starting quarterback, Carson Strong, won Offensive Player of the Year in 2020 and tore up the Mountain West defenses. Transfers and returning key pieces such as Jaron McPherson on the defensive side of the ball will need to play a complete game.
Strong is an NFL caliber player and someone who could give the Cats trouble, but this could end up being a resume win for Chris Klieman and his underdog mentality team.
Nevada is number three on my list, but they did finish 7-2 last year and are projected nine wins this season.
I could see this as a potential trap game, but the experience of Skylar Thompson and his need for a revenge season will push the Cats to a victory. Deuce Vaughn along with fellow offensive weapon Malik Knowles should take advantage of a non-power five school’s defense.
Wildcat faithful will be able to see a couple of quality wins to start the season in the historic confines of Bill Snyder Stadium.