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Preseason Top 25: Number 18 Kansas State Wildcats

 

Preseason Top 25 Countdown:

25- Northwestern Wildcats

24-TCU Horned Frogs

23- Oregon State Beavers

22- UCLA Bruins

21- Nebraska Cornhuskers

20- Wisconsin Badgers

19- Texas Longhorns

 

18- Kansas State Wildcats:

Coach: Bill Snyder

2012 Record: Overall 11-2   Big XII 8-1

Kansas State was one win away from playing for a BCS Championship in 2012. If not for a 52-24 loss to Baylor, this Kansas State team would likely have a top 10 preseason ranking.

While the Wildcats lost Heisman candidate Collin Klein to graduation, the offense has 8 starters returning from last years squad. Junior Jake Waters and sophomore Daniel Sams look to be the two contenders for the starting job at quarterback. Running back John Hubert came close to a thousand yard rushing season last year, and with Klein gone, he will likely reach the mark in 2013.

Defensively it will be a complete overhall with just two returning starters in CB Randall Evans and SS Ty Zimmerman. Last season the Kansas State defense led the Big XII in scoring defense giving up just over 22 points per game. Defensive coordinator Tom Hayes will have his work cut out for him in 2013.

2013 Outlook: Bill Snyder is one of the best college coaches of all time. While he lacks a National Championship, what he has done in both stints as head coach of the Wildcats should not be overlooked. Snyder will have his team ready to go, and while the defense might give up points, the offense will be able to match them. While The Kansas State Wildcats won’t be able to duplicate their 2012 season, they should still win 9 games in 2013.

 

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