Kansas State Wildcats: The best college football team that no one is talking about
In case you haven’t noticed, and you very well may not have, the Kansas State Wildcats are a good football team. Very, very good. Yet, despite the fact that they are currently ranked No. 4 in college football polls, they seem to be absent from everyone’s minds as they discuss the best team in college football this year. Could that all change after this weekend?
The Wildcats, at this point, are the most proven team in the country.
Their first impressive win of the season came when they traveled to Norman, OK to take on the then-top 5 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, and the Wildcats walked away with the victory. Many thought the Sooners were just down this year, and perhaps they are, but in the weeks since that loss, they’ve looked incredibly solid, making the KSU win look even more impressive.
Then, this weekend, the Wildcats traveled to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Coming off a huge loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock, many thought that Geno Smith and his Mountaineer squad would be looking to set the record straight, particularly since they were back home, one of the most difficult places to play in college football.
But KSU had other plans.
Perhaps the Mountaineers aren’t as good as once believed, but there is no disputing how explosive their offense is. However, the Wildcats had no problems slowing them down, holding them to less than 250 total yards of offense as KSU went on to dismantle WVU to the tune of 55-14.
The Wildcats seem to have one of the most balanced teams in the country. Their offense, led by powerful quarterback and Heisman contender Collin Klein, is not a traditional Big 12 passing attack but they simply get the job done; they are averaging 200 yards through the air and 234 on the ground. They are scoring more than 42 points per game and holding teams to just 16 points per game in a conference that fields the best offenses in the nation.
Additionally, I would put head-coach Bill Snyder up against any other coach on the country. He is the most underrated coach in college football, and very well could be the best, considering what he’s done over two decades in Manhattan, KS, of all places.
And don’t look now, but the Wildcat’s schedule sets up very favorably for them. They face the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the Texas Longhorns all at home. Their most difficult road game is vs. the TCU Horned Frogs. None of these are easy wins per se, but they are all teams that the Wildcats should be able to defeat, and they have a great shot of running the table.
Perhaps the lack of attention is because the school is located in the heartland of America; they don’t reside along the football rich east coast or the flashier west coast, or maybe it’s because they don’t play in the (overrated this year) SEC. Nevertheless, the Wildcats are a great, well-coached football team, and have a real chance to finish this year as the best in college football.
It’s time for people to take notice.
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