Keys to Victory: Production, Running Game

Can't wait until Saturday to find out what's going to happen at Snyder Family Stadium? Well, that's what I'm here for. Here are my predictions as to how the K-State football game against Florida Atlantic will play out after a less than stellar debut last Saturday. Here are the Keys to a Wildcat Victory!

Player of the Game on offense: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson

With the offensive line struggling and the running game stagnant, expect coach Ron Prince to take to the air. Dylan Meier is going to throw for over 200 yards, and Nelson is going to have 90 yards receiving and a game-changing touchdown reception. Running back Thomas Clayton hasn't played in a game since last season, so don't expect much out of him. He will rush for about 75 yards and score a touchdown, but Nelson is going to be the X-factor on the offensive side of the ball.

Player of the Game on defense: Defensive end Ian Campbell

It's hard to go against the former walk-on who had three sacks last week in his first career start as a Wildcat. He currently leads the nation with five tackles for loss and is second nationally with his three sacks. He had a career-high eight tackles against Illinois State, and look for him to continue his domination on the defensive line.


Surprise contributor: Safety Marcus Watts

Watts plays on numerous special teams, and he also rotates in to play strong and free safety behind Kyle Williams and Andrew Erker. Watts will make a big play against the Owls, and it will be either an interception on defense, or maybe a fumble-causing-hit on special teams. Whatever the case, watch out for big-play Watts.


Player you shouldn't expect too much out of: Running back Thomas Clayton


Welcome back to college football Mr. Clayton. He didn't get the opportunity to play in last week's 44-yard-rushing embarrassment, so he will be rusty coming out of the gate. Let's not forget, the offensive line is not the best in the world. Expect him to shake off the rust early in the game, but like I said earlier, he will only get about 75 yards and a touchdown; if he's lucky.


Three keys to a Wildcat victory:


Establish the running game -
By establishing the run, the Wildcats will be able to set the tone on offense and control the tempo of the game. It will also give the defense a chance to rest. Plus, with a running game, their time of possession will go up, giving them more chances to put points on the board.


Apply pressure to the FAU quarterbacks

No matter who is playing quarterback – declared starter for this week junior Sean Clayton or last week's starter freshman Rusty Smith – if K-State can get to them early and often, it will take them out of their rhythm. By applying pressure, especially with the Owls playing on the road, the quarterbacks will

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