(1) Defensive speed
It was desperately lacking last week against
(2) Offensive line
Last week Darren Sproles might have lost his chance at the Heisman Trophy, which can partly be blamed on the offensive line. Sproles was forced to break two tackles before even making it back to the line of scrimmage last week. If the offensive line cannot block for Sproles, it will be a very long season—and one without any Heisman Trophy.
(3) Quarterbacks, quarterbacks, quarterbacks, yet again
This has been one of the five questions since week one, and
rightfully so too. Dylan Meier performed well against
(4) Kicking game
Simple enough: Jesse Martinez was atrocious last week with
his punting. In the first half alone,
K-State has to be able to get the ball downfield on punts or
the defense will have its back against the wall again. Another outing like last
week and it won't be long till K-State is faced with another quarter that it
has just two yards and has surrendered 185. If not this week, it could happen
against a Texas A&M,
(5) The spirit of the team
This is kind of a special key to the game. After a game like last week, where across the board, the play was poor, K-State has to be able to come back a week later and show that it's better than 45-21. K-State teams in the past have failed at doing that, namely the last time the Wildcats had a sophomore quarterback in 2001 and they let one loss beat them four times in a row. Last season it was different. After the early skid, the Wildcats were able to come back and obviously finish strong, capped off by the Big 12 title.
But this season, who knows? The book is still out on this team's heart. Last week, there wasn't much to go around, but now they have the chance to prove people wrong with a strong outing before conference play opens up in two weeks. They need to find that leader to carry this team vocally, not just by example.