Kansas State Wildcats 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Kansas State Wildcats 2016 Preview
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Kansas State has become a consistent program in the Big 12 with coach Bill Snyder leading the way. The Wildcats have clinched six straight bowl games and remain a tough team that always fights to the very end. KSU will also be motivated to bounce back from its first losing season since 2008.
Here is your Kansas State 2016 college football preview.
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Offense: Kansas State finished seventh in the Big 12 last season with an average of 29.9 points per game. Charles Jones will once again lead the Kansas State rushing attack as he’s racked up more than 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns in two seasons. Justin Silmon should also see an expanded role after averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a freshman. The real question for KSU is at quarterback, as Joe Hubener had his moments, but he will have to compete with a healthy Alex Delton and Jesse Ertz. Kansas State was 108th in the country last season in passing yards per game. Deante Burton returns after leading the Wildcats with 38 receptions, and he’ll receive a much needed boost from JUCO transfer Byron Pringle. Those two can help the mask of Kansas State’s offensive struggles. Still, QB play will detrimen how good this unit is going to be.
Defense: Kansas State finished sixth in total defense in the Big 12, and it has the pieces this season to be one of the best. A linebacker unit made up of Elijah Lee, Charmeachealle Moore and Will Davis not only gives the Wildcats leadership, but one of the better linebacking corps in the entire country. Lee has proven to be one of the better linebackers in the country and will lead this KSU defense. The defensive front returns Jordan Willis, who had 9.5 sacks last season, and Will Geary has a chance for a breakout season at tackle. The Wildcats secondary gets a big boost with the return of Dante Barnett and Duke Shelley showed great promise as a freshman with seven pass deflections. Kansas State’s defense will be back to being one of the better in the Big 12.
Special Teams: Nick Walsh returns at punter after averaging 41.6 yards per attempt on 67 punts. Matthew McCrane returns at kicker after making all seven of his field goals and 15 of his extra points.
Outlook: We know Kansas State is one of the more well coached teams in the country and will always be competitive regardless. The defense is legit and there’s pieces on the offensive side to really make a jump this season. The Wildcats ultimate success will be decided at the quarterback position. You have to be able to score points in this conference to win. KSU can push for double-digit wins or have another season of 6-7 wins depending on QB play.
Sept. 2 at Stanford
Sept. 10 BYE
Sept. 17 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 24 Missouri State
Oct. 1 at West Virginia
Oct. 8 Texas Tech
Oct. 15 at Oklahoma
Oct. 22 Texas
Oct. 29 at Iowa State
Nov. 5 Oklahoma State
Nov. 12 BYE
Nov. 19 at Baylor
Nov. 26 KU
Dec. 3 at TCU