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.
As the season goes on, I will offer up a prediction for every Big 12 football game. But this weekend’s slate of games is so dull that I’m picking the Big 12 to go 9-0. So do I really need to predict a score for each one?
Tulsa at Iowa State could end up being an entertaining game. Vegas oddsmakers say it’s a toss-up. I say Paul Rhoads and company pull out the victory at home, though. The Cyclones need to beat Tulsa if they want to go to a bowl this season.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This might be the most bizarre college football play we see all season — and it happened on opening night! Kent State linebacker Andre Parker picked up a loose ball on a punt and ran it 58 yards in the wrong direction. Amazingly, the opposing team pushed him out of bounds as he was heading toward the wrong end zone.
Lots and lots of confusion going on there.
– Former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen has agreed to a one-year deal with a professional basketball team in Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), according to SLAM.
The former college standout played professionally in Italy last season, and played with the Philadelphia 76ers during this year’s NBA Summer League. Via Sportando.net: “The Chicago native will enjoy Jerusalem’s two games per week schedule, competing both in the Israeli Domestic League and the EuroCup competition. Pullen signed a one season deal as confirmed by Jerusalem executives.
A perk to playing the Israeli league: He will get to play former teammate Curtis Kelly, who plays for Hapoel Tel Aviv. Pullen vs. Kelly. That’s a game I’m sure a few K-State fans would like to see.
— CurtisKelly(@CKadventure247) August 31, 2012
– The Longhorn Network is finally going mainstream. At least more mainstream than it was yesterday, anyway. AT&T U-Verse will carry the network in time for Texas’s opening football game on Saturday.
– Chris Harper has a grand goal for his senior season. The receiver wants to get 1,000 yards, which would put him in rare company in the K-State record books.
– Odd story here. K-State tight end Andre McDonald is being sued.
– CBS Sports takes a look at the best and worst case scenarios for K-State football this season. The website predicts the Wildcats could make it back to the Cotton Bowl or go 4-8. Most likely, though, it predicts nine wins and a trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
– Concerning news here out of Lubbock, Texas. ESPN reports that Red Raiders basketball players have met with Texas Tech’s athletic director to express concern over the way coach Billy Gillispie has been treating them in practice.
“We are aware and are looking into concerns within the leadership of our men’s basketball program. Student-athlete well-being is our top priority and a matter that we take extremely seriously at Texas Tech. Texas Tech is devoting its full resources to look into this matter.”