Game-By-Game Predictions for Kansas State's 2014 Season
After losing the season opener to North Dakota State and struggling to a 2-4 start, the Wildcats turned things around in the second half of the year by winning six of their last seven contests, including an impressive bowl victory over Michigan.
In order for Snyder and company to equal their eight-win total from a year ago, they'll need to be road warriors in what should be a rather difficult Big 12.
Kansas State must navigate a difficult conference road slate with games at Oklahoma, TCU, and Baylor, in addition to hosting defending national runner-up Auburn in mid-September.
The Wildcats will need to replace quite a bit of production from last season, but if they can, it could be a pretty exciting season in Manhattan.
Will Kansas State compete for a Big 12 title in 2014? Let's run through the schedule and make some predictions as to how things will shake out.
8/30/14 - vs. Stephen F. Austin (WIN)
K-State fans are hoping that this year's season opener goes better than last year's did. It will, as Stephen F. Austin is no North Dakota State. The Wildcats roll.
9/6/14 - at Iowa State (WIN)
Even though Iowa State will probably be down once again, this game may be somewhat challenging since the Wildcats will still be working out a few things early in the season. This could be a fun game, but Kansas State walks out victorious.
9/18/14 - vs. Auburn (LOSS)
This game could be a season-defining moment if the Wildcats can pull off the upset. Although Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett should be a dynamic combination, I can't see them outplaying Nick Marshall and Sammie Coates. Auburn wins, but it won't be easy.
9/27/14 - vs. UTEP (WIN)
Certainly a nice follow-up game after playing Auburn. The Wildcats may have a bit of trouble rebounding from the missed opportunity, however, they'll turn it on in the second half and rout the Miners.
10/4/14 - vs. Texas Tech (WIN)
Kansas State dominated Texas Tech last season in Lubbock, and another win should be in store here. It probably won't be the blowout that it was a year ago, but Lockett will have a huge game to lead the Wildcats over Kliff Kingsbury's squad.
10/18/14 - at Oklahoma (LOSS)
A 4-1 start will definitely be nice, but it would be a big shock if Kansas State wasn't 4-2 after this one. Oklahoma has a shot at running the table and competing for a national title, so the result should be easy to figure out.
10/25/14 - vs. Texas (LOSS)
Whether anyone wants to believe it or not, Texas is going to compete for the Big 12 title. The Longhorns might be just a step behind Oklahoma and Baylor, but they'll have enough to steal this win in Manhattan.
11/1/14 - vs. Oklahoma State (LOSS)
This could be a major swing game for the Wildcats. I feel like this will be one of the best games of the season in the Big 12, but in the end, it will be the Cowboys that come out on top in a high-scoring affair.
11/8/14 - at TCU (WIN)
These two teams will be fighting to finish in the middle of the conference, and just like the week before, this game should be quite entertaining. After the three-game losing streak against quality opponents, Kansas State comes back with a vengeance on the road.
11/20/14 - at West Virginia (WIN)
West Virginia is a bit of a mystery at this point, so the safe pick is Kansas State. The Wildcats will have built up some confidence once again after the road win at TCU and that'll be all they need to come away with the win.
11/29/14 - vs. Kansas (WIN)
The 2014 season probably won't be a ton of fun for Jayhawk fans, as Kansas looks to once again bring up the rear in the Big 12. Kansas State won by three touchdowns last season, but this season, it might be more.
12/6/14 - vs. Baylor (LOSS)
Getting Baylor at home definitely helps. However, the big problem for the Wildcats will be scoring enough points to keep up. K-State will have a chance to win in the fourth quarter, but Bryce Petty will lead a late drive to help the Bears get the victory.
Kansas State 2014 Projected Record: 7-5 (5-4)
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