Students predict K-State football’s success against South Dakota

Kansas State University plays University of California, Los Angeles in the 2017 Cactus Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 26, 2017. (Photo by Cooper Kinley | Kansas State Athletics / Collegian Media Group)

With the first full weekend of college football beginning on Saturday, it is time for the Kansas State football team to take the field and for Wildcat fans to pack Bill Snyder Family Stadium once again.

K-State opens the 2018 season against the University of South Dakota on Saturday. As the days before kickoff get shorter and shorter, K-State students are making predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s game.

Many students made similar predictions, but differed in how many points the Wildcats would score and how they would match up against the Coyotes’ defense.

Katelyn Lee, junior in bakery science and management, said she thinks that K-State has a great chance against South Dakota on Saturday.

“The Coyotes did very well in conference play last year, but I think our crowd is going to be in full effect at The Bill,” Lee said. “I’m super pumped to see the Cats this season.”

Kalen Rickmon, sophomore in bakery and milling science, said he thinks the Wildcats will win by a large margin.

“I think the Cats are going to utilize their run game to shut out South Dakota in the first half and win 44-14,” Rickmon said.

Brady Budke, senior in mass communications, said he thinks it will be an interesting game since there has not been an answer given as to who will start as quarterback.

“I think K-State will win by three touchdowns, but there will definitely be first game jitters,” Budke said.

This year’s team has many returning players from a team that beat UCLA in the Cactus Bowl in 2017.

Taylor Corley, junior in mass communications, said the number of Wildcat players with game experience gives them potential to put some points on the board, while also having one of the middle-to-upper defenses in the Big 12.

“I believe K-State will be able to beat South Dakota pretty handily this year,” Corley said. “We lost a few players, like wide receiver Byron Pringle, who was key in some of our victories this past year. Our line is going to be experienced and healthy, along with our backfield. I don’t know who will start between Delton and Thompson, but I believe whoever is in the backfield will produce very well.”

K-State will kick off the 2018 season against South Dakota on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. inside Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.

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