Kansas State is one of the four best teams (K-State, OU, O-State, and TCU) in the Big 12 and perhaps the nation. Oklahoma is the league favorite after their terrific road win against Ohio State (31-16) last Saturday. That was a huge win for the Big 12 Conference.
K-State beat Charlotte easily (55-7), as expected. The Wildcats have a formidable offense that has no weaknesses. Coach Bill Snyder wasn’t euphoric, but he said, “It’s not a matter of wanting to establish the run . . . the significant part of the game that I was pleased with was our ability to run the ball against schemes that were built against the run.”
K-State’s offensive line has exceptional talent; it’s among the best in the nation. QB Jesse Ertz is a proven run-pass threat who is also experienced in big games. And the pass-receiving corps is sensational. Alex Barnes (6-1, 221) is the leader of a group of first-class running backs that includes underrated FB Winston Dimel (6-1, 235).
This is Bill Snyder’s 26th season as head coach of Kansas State and this team has the best offense of all the superb Snyder teams. That could change as the season progresses because of injuries, but right now the Wildcats’ offense is potent indeed.
This Saturday (Sept. 16) K-State plays at SEC member Vanderbilt; that will be the Wildcats first challenge against a major-college team. Vanderbilt is 2-0 with a 28-6 win against Middle Tennessee and a 42-0 thumping of Alabama A&M. It won’t be an easy game.
Kansas State’s defensive line and backfield are athletic and have performed well in the early going. If the Wildcats’ team, as a whole, has a weakness it’s the linebackers. That’s not to say the present starters are poor players; they just aren’t up to the standards that K-State fans have come to expect. But all teams have a few personnel issues.
After the game, Snyder said, “A lot of guys played well . . . whether it’s consistently through the ballgame remains to be seen. There are things to correct. We did some good things.” Coach Snyder has gained strength since undergoing physically draining treatments for throat cancer last summer. The man is amazing.
The biggest challenge facing the Kansas City Chiefs and their loyal fans is coming back down to Planet Earth after the opening-game win (42-27) against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. This was KC’s most-impressive opener since the Chiefs moved to KC in 1963.
It was, however, just one win in a 16-game season; nevertheless, it was one for the ages. After the game, Coach Andy Reid said, “We’re going to enjoy the heck out of it . . . it’s one of 16 and something to build on.”
Rookie RB Kareem Hunt (5-11, 218) stole the show; he had 239 yards of total offense, which is a record for a rookie’s pro debut since the 1970 merger. Reid said, “It started out just a little bit shaky, but it was all heart. He was trying too hard.”
QB Alex Smith had a wonderful game, even though he was overshadowed by Hunt. Smith threw two long touchdown passes and became the first quarterback with over 300 yards, four TDs, and no interceptions against NE coach Bill Belichick.
Kansas City’s great start for the 2017 season hasn’t come without a price: all-pro safety Eric Berry is lost for the season with an Achilles tendon injury. And star RB Spencer Ware is also out for the season because of a knee injury.
Kareem Hunt is obviously a quality replacement for Ware and Eric Murray and Daniel Sorenson supply needed depth at safety; regardless, the loss of two key players so early in the season is cause for concern.
Kansas City’s players will have a hard time putting the elation of the NE win behind them, but they had better be focused on the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday (Sept. 17). There aren’t any easy games in the NFL.
Kansas football fans—who had rallied to the rebuilding project during the summer—were stunned once again when the Jayhawks were humiliated (45-27) on their home field against mediocre Central Michigan.
What made the game extremely painful for the Jayhawk faithful was the totally inept play of KU’s team. There’s no rationalization that can make the one-sided rout to an ordinary team palatable.
Any chance of a bowl game or respectable competitiveness in Big 12 play dissolved as quickly as a puff of smoke. That was a must-win game and KU’s team and the coaching staff failed miserably. It was an inexcusable and unacceptable performance by everyone associated with the Kansas football program. It was awful.