Earlier this year, I did a game-by-game prediction for Kansas State’s entire football season. I predicted that the Wildcats would finish 11-1, and needless to say, that’s not going to happen. But with a 4-4 record so far this season, let’s take a look to see how the Wildcats might finish the year and if they can make it to a bowl game.
Nov. 4: Texas Tech
Final score: K-State: 27, Texas Tech: 55
Bold prediction: Sophomore running back Alex Barnes rushes for over 100 yards with two touchdowns.
Nov. 11: West Virginia University
Sitting at 4-5, the Wildcats are in desperate need of a win. A win against the Mountaineers won’t come easy, as quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills V having been having great years for the faithful in Morgantown, West Virginia. That being said, the Wildcats will protect their home turf and come away with a big win.
Final score: K-State: 34, West Virginia: 24
Bold prediction: Head coach Bill Snyder gets tricky and plays junior defensive back D.J. Reed at wide receiver.
Nov. 18: Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State, much like Texas Tech, has a big, fast-paced offense. But no matter what, the Wildcats and the Cowboys have a knack for playing close games in Stillwater, Oklahoma. K-State will get back to its old self — using up every second of the play clock and getting those 8-minute-long touchdown drives. But in the end, Oklahoma State can score whenever it wants and come away with a win.
Final score: K-State: 24, Oklahoma State: 31
Bold prediction: Ertz is healthy, but sophomore quarterback Alex Delton sees a majority of the time at quarterback.
Nov. 25: Iowa State
K-State was in this exact same position just a few years ago, where bowl game eligibility hinged on a home game with Iowa State. The Cyclones are currently playing as well as any team in the country — they’ve picked up wins over the University of Oklahoma and Texas Christian University during their winning streak. But with all the pressure stacked against K-State, Snyder will have the Wildcats ready to play and go bowling.
Final score: K-State: 24, Iowa State: 21
Bold prediction: Senior kicker Matthew McCrane hits a field goal with under a minute left on the clock to make the Wildcats bowl-eligible.