The Kansas State Wildcats are looking for a way to defend their Big 12 Championship from the 2012 season. They’ll have to do it without a major chunk of their defense and all-everything quarterback Collin Klein. With so many fresh faces and turnover facing K-State next fall, many predict the Wildcats to take a step back in 2013. Can Bill Snyder overachieve with his team once again?
Being overlooked in the Big 12 is nothing new to Snyder and the Cats. In 2011, Kansas State was picked to finish eight in the conference. They went on to win 10 games that season, finishing just one game back of the Oklahoma State Cowboys for the conference title. Last year, they were picked to finish sixth in the conference, but put together a conference title run that saw the team rise as high as No. 1 in the BCS polls.
Another surprise season like that in 2013 is hard to imagine, however. The quarterback position is up in the air between Daniel Sams and Jake Waters while the defense lacks any proven leadership. Expecting next season’s team to over-achieve like their predecessors may take a major leap of faith and one that many pollsters likely won’t be willing to make.
Snyder has urged great runs out of teams who were overmatched on paper before. That is, after all, why they play the games on the field and not on paper. Whether or not Snyder has another magical coaching job in him remains to be seen, but there is plenty of evidence for Wildcats’ fans to have hope next fall.