PREDICTIONS Kansas State’s football season will start tomorrow against Missouri State. So it’s time to make a prediction on the game.
I’m going with K-State 40, Missouri State 14.
Bill Snyder has won 19 straight season-openers, and that streak will easily continue. True, K-State had some problems against Eastern Kentucky last year before winning ugly 10-7, but the Wildcats were breaking in a new starting quarterback, running back, linebacker and a few offensive linemen. By comparison, 17 starters return for this game. Those players remember last year’s close opener, and want to win by a much more comfortable margin this time around. Motivation is on their side.
Missouri State is coming off a 2-9 season and is expected to finish last in its FCS conference this year. The Bears will be platooning quarterbacks and don’t look like the sort of the team that can play with a top 25 opponent for four quarters. The last time they came to Manhattan, in 2010, K-State won 48-24 behind 280 passing yards from Carson Coffman and 137 rushing yards from Daniel Thomas.
With Miami coming up next week, Bill Snyder will try to keep the gameplan as simple as possible. So that could prevent K-State from piling up points against Missouri State. But I still think the Wildcats will hit 40 … Much to the chagrin of this guy:
“Fifty-five points … Not good enough. 60 points … Not good enough … I want 70 points on Saturday.” Classic stuff there. You can follow this fan on twitter @KstateMask. (more…)