With bowl season quickly approaching, the Kansas State Wildcats are in a position to improve their stock as they travel to Boulder this weekend in a match up against the Colorado Buffaloes. At 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12, the Wildcats are being looked at by both the Pinstripe and Texas bowl committees, but if they were to lose their final two games could fall out of the post-season picture altogether. Thus, a seventh victory is crucial to lock up Kansas State’s first bowl game since 2006. The Wildcats will also be looking for only their second road win of the year and first since soundly beating in-state rival Kansas back at the beginning of October. In fact, Kansas State has lost it’s last nine road games outside of the State of Kansas and 16 of their last 19 road trips overall.
This week, the Cats face a Buffalo squad that fired their head coach, Dan Hawkins, just last week and seems to have found new life, beating Iowa State last Saturday, 34-14. Under interim head coach, Brian Cabral, Colorado showed a new energy that can happen when a coach is replaced mid-season. In addition, Colorado heads to the Pac-10 next year, so this will be the Wildcats final opportunity to play the Buffaloes for the foreseeable future.
Kansas State needs to go right at Colorado with a strong running game, led by sophomore QB Collin Klein. Last week, head coach Bill Snyder started rotating his quarterbacks and, in my opinion, was to the detriment of the team. The Wildcats are at their best when they can pound the ball on the ground with Klein and senior RB Daniel Thomas. Klein doesn’t throw the ball very well, but had some success last week against Missouri, throwing his first touchdown pass of his career.
The Buffaloes will be motivated to play for their new coach and it’s Senior Day in Boulder. Nevertheless, look for Kansas State to control the ball on the ground and pull out a close one.
Kansas State – 31
Colorado – 27
About the Author
Written by Chad Craghead
A 1988 graduate from Wichita State University, Chad has followed WSU as well as Kansas State athletics for over 30 years, along with being a lifelong Boston Red Sox and L.A./St. Louis Rams fan.