Kansas State football may not be a top-25 team heading into the 2018 season, but the Wildcats aren’t far removed from making the cut after spring practice.
USA TODAY’s Paul Myerberg ranked Bill Snyder and the Wildcats at No. 26 in his post-spring practice rankings ahead of the 2018 campaign. Kansas State is coming off an 8-5 mark during the 2017 season.
K-State is set to have an offense highlighted by two dual-threat quarterbacks, rising redshirt sophomore Skylar Thompson and rising junior Alex Delton. Both saw playing time in the wake of a season-ending injury that quarterback Jesse Ertz sustained in early October last fall.
Delton initially took over responsibilities from Ertz under center before an injury to Delton gave Thompson his chance to make a statement. Delton impressed with 144 passing yards and 142 rushing yards in a narrow 42-35 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 21, while Ertz led Kansas State to an upset over No. 13 Oklahoma State on Nov. 18 after passing for 204 yards and rushing for an additional 93. And that has ultimately led to a quarterback competition heading into the 2018 campaign.
Kansas State kicks off the 2018 campaign with a home game vs. South Dakota on Sept. 1. The Wildcats’ nonconference slate is highlighted by a visit from Mississippi State to Manhattan, Kan. in Week 2. Kansas State begins Big 12 play at West Virginia in Week 4. By that point, everyone will likely have a better sense of the team’s true identity for 2018.
For now though, Kansas State fans can only hope that Snyder has some magical things in store for his 27th season as the team’s coach.