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Long Season for K-State? Klieman era begins in the LIttle Apple…..

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

 

Head Coach:  Chris Klieman (First year at Kansas;  72-13 as head coach in six seasons

 

 

Last Year:  5-7; 3-6 in the Big Twelve

 

 

 

One team will finish in the basement when the Big Twelve season comes to a close in December.  That will be Kansas as the Jayhawks will sit pretty in that dark place.  There will be two teams that will make the championship game in Jerry’s World and I suspect that of those two, another Red River game is a bettors choice. Oklahoma and Texas look like the class of the league right now, but I will say, with all sincerity, that the other seven teams I will review could contend for a spot in that game.  With that, I have to assign teams from 9th through first, and except for the two favorites, the rest is just a crap shoot.  So if you are a fan of any of the others, do not fret.  These teams are contenders.  Today, with that said, my choice to sit next to KU starts in Manhattan with the Kansas State Wildcats.  KSU has some strong points and that tells me that I could be totally wrong with this choice.

 

 

Chris Klieman comes to KSU from North Dakota State where he was an ultra-successful head coach, winning the past four National Titles at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).  A defensive coach by trade, Klieman is a good choice for the Wildcats and will be a similar type coach as was the great Bill Snyder.  To get the Cats into the upper echelon  of the conference, as of the program, he will need to recruit significantly better than Snyder had accomplished in his second stint with KSU.  Can he compete with OU or Texas in the future is questionable.  KSU has to show it can be an offensive power and stop with the old school quarterback run game.  It will not be easy.

 

 

Offense: Returning quarterback Skyler Thompson is a middle of the road dual threat.  James Gilbert, transfer from Kent State, will play out his final season with KSU and will be the feature back.  He is a good one but will depend upon an average offensive line.  KSU is average at best at most offensive positions but with an overall change it is hoped that the offense does more than run the quarterback when in trouble.  Offense Grade: C

Ball State transfer James Gilbert will supply the rushing for KSU this season. Photo: the STARPRESS

Defense:  The line should be the strong part of this group.  Reggie Walker is the best player at the end position. Two freshmen should start in a rebuilt secondary and that tells you enough about that.  The Big Twelve will chew up KSU in the air.  Grade: C-

 

 

Special Teams:  Both the punter and kicker return.  Nothing really special.

 

STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 18: Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Skylar Thompson (10) during the Big 12 college football game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 18, 2017 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

 

 

Game Outlook:

Games that KSU will win:  Nichols (H); Bowling Green (H) Kansas (A)  West Virginia (H)

 

Games that KSU will lose:  Oklahoma (H); Texas (A)

 

Games that KSU could win but it will be hard:  the other opponents on the schedule

 

Season Prediction:  4-8 and 2-7 in conference 

 

Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. . It is named after the family of head coach Bill Snyder. Photo by moblesportsreport.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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