Kansas State Preview- How Will The Cats Do?

It is a couple days before the start of College Football and that means....It's predicting time of the season and the feeling here is that Kansas State will be smiling and frowning about the same number of times in 2008. A 6-6 season should be expected. No less than six, for sure. Seven wins definitely is within reason, so we break it down Game By Game.

1-0 - The Mean Green allowed more points than any team in the country last year - 45.1 points and 486 yards ... even against Navy when NT scored 62 points, it lost by 12.

2-0 - Ron Prince dumped Fresno State and added this lower division foe. Ex-KSU QB Jonathan Beasley returns on MSU's coaching staff, but will leave his former stadium with an L.

3-0 - The Cards are nowhere near the No. 8 team they were in 2006 when they roughed up the Wildcats, 24-6. It's on the road where Prince is just 2-8 in true travel games, but KSU will prevail.

4-0 - The Wildcats will open the year 4-0 for the first time since 2003. The Ragin' Cajuns played 21 freshmen and 18 sophs last year ranking No. 106 in points allowed and No. 104 in yards per game.

4-1 - Tech's defense has improved to the point the Red Raiders can be a player in the Big 12 South. TT has scored 59, 35 and 38 points on KSU in the last three meetings. The loser of this game still might score in the 40s.

4-2 - The Aggies aren't the Aggies of old, but Kyle Field is still a most rugged place to play, and come home with a win. The Wildcats have dropped their last four games to A&M. The Aggies return just 10 starters first-year coach Mike Sherman.

5-2 - What's hoped for is a split with the A&M and CU road games. The Prince/Freeman team has owned the Buffs with a 34-21 win in Boulder in 2006, and a 47-20 whippin' last year in Manhattan. In those games Freeman has completed 37 of 49 passes (.755) for 469 yards and three scores.

5-3 - KSU is just 1-5 against OU in the last half-dozen games. Sooners appear to have too much firepower for all foes in 2008, but what Texas has been to the Wildcats the last two years, maybe Oklahoma can be in 2008 and 2009.

5-4 - Like KSU has CU's number, KU has KSU's number ... and Freeman's number as the Wildcat quarterback has thrown six interceptions to one touchdown against the Jayhawks. The timing might be right as KU plays Tech and Oklahoma on the two Saturdays prior to the KSU game.

5-5 - Mizzou is the class of the Big 12 North with its two Chases - Daniel and Coffman. However, it's in Columbia where KSU has won six of the last seven trips dating back to 1992.

6-5 - 73! The fact that the Big Red put up 73 points on the Wildcats last year will be mentioned 73 times per day. Revenge will be sweet.

7-5 - After playing four of its first six Big 12 games on the road, the 'Cats will finish strong at home with wins over NU and Iowa State.

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