LUBBOCK, TX – The Red Raider Nation continues our in-depth Big 12 preview of Texas Tech's regular season opponents for the 2014 season. Up next are the Kansas State Wildcats. Legendary Head Coach Bill Snyder has given this school hope once again and you can never count out the wildcats with Snyder on the sideline.Kansas state ended their 2013 campaign, 8-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play. This team will be dangerous since most of last year’s core players are returning. Quarterback Jake Waters and receiver Tyler Lockett headline the returning group of veterans. However, their back field will need to find answers quickly, as they will have to replace star running back, John Hubert to graduation. Hubert ran over 1,000 yards on 198 attempts. The key to the wildcats’ success will depend on whether Jake Water’s offensive line can give him the time he needs to work the offense. If they can accomplish that feat, the wildcats will find themselves in the mix for a spot in the top-four teams in the Big 12 at season’s end.
On defense the wildcats lose standout defensive leader and safety, Ty Zimmerman. With Zimmerman gone the wildcats will need to rely on new leaders if they want to contend in the big 12. However, this defense is said to be a bit more talented than last year and will count on stand out defensive end, Ryan Mueller and the rest of the defensive front to anchor the defense.
The Red Raiders will face Kansas State on Oct. 4, in Manhattan, KS. Tech is riding a three-game losing streak to the wildcats since 2011.