Before this season started, not many people had Kansas State at 5-1 through 6 games. Many of the best offshore sportsbooks had K-State at the bottom half of the Big 12. Kansas State has taken advantage of every opportunity in front of them, putting them in a great position heading into the bye week. A 10-9 win over Iowa State is just what the doctor ordered as the Wildcats have a free week to recover and prepare for the rest of the season.
Since the loss to Tulane, this team has really turned things around. Adrian Martinez has put the team on his back. The response to the back-breaking loss to Tulane was none other than a win on the road at then-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. This team has clearly come together and decided to make a change after a rough start.
Looking ahead, things won’t get any easier for the Wildcats team. Immediately following the bye week, KSU will travel to TCU to take on the Horned Frogs. TCU is 5-0 and ranked #11 in the country. The task at hand is a rather large one but is nothing the Wildcats can’t handle. The sky is the limit for this team. They entered the season barely getting any attention and are now in Week 6 competing for an NY6 Bowl. However, the back half of KSU’s schedule is loaded.
The Wildcats will be going up against @TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas, @Baylor, @West Virginia, and Kansas. TCU and Oklahoma State are both contending for a berth in the CFP so our work is cut out for us. Baylor and WVU are both extremely tough places to play on the road. I expect KSU to stay competitive through the second half of this season. Even if it isn’t represented in their record, Kansas State will be no pushover. I anticipate KSU winning at least 3 out of these last 5 games.
I think they sneak one from TCU/Oklahoma State as well. It will be interesting to see how things go for this team in such a back-loaded schedule. One thing that is certain is this program is here to stay. Chris Klieman has built a winning culture at KSU and will look to keep the ball rolling after the bye week. The fan base is excited again and the players are motivated. What a time to be a Wildcat!