Chris Klieman went 8-5 in his first year as head coach of Kansas State in 2019, and followed it up with a 4-1 start in the 2020 season before dropping five straight games to finish the campaign with a 4-6 record.
So which version of Kansas State will we see in 2021?
WynnBET has Kansas State’s win total set at 5.5 for the season, but there are indications that the over at -150 odds will be a fantastic bet to make. A bet that won’t be as good to make, is for Kansas State to win the Big 12. The Wildcats’ odds to win the conference are set at +1300, but with teams like Oklahoma, Iowa State and Texas set to have strong seasons, it’s best to save your money.
Senior quarterback Skylar Thompson announced that he will be returning for a sixth season, which is great news for Kansas State fans. Many point to his season-ending injury against Texas Tech as one of the reasons for the downward spiral the team went on to close out the year.
He’s healthy and ready to return to action and will hopefully pick up where he left off in 2020. He is only the second quarterback in school history to surpass 5,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards.
While he won’t have many established weapons at wide receiver to work with, Kansas State’s running back Deuce Vaughn exploded onto the season as a freshman in 2020, racking up over 1,200 all-purpose yards and was named to the all-conference team.
Kansas State will hope that there will be a group of players ready to fill the void left by key defensive departures, most notably Wyatt Hubert who led the Wildcats with 8.5 sacks last season.
Starting safety Jahron McPherson is back for another season, and he’s expected to be the leader of the unit. Kansas State managed to snag Iowa transfer Julius Brents, who many think will be the team's top cornerback in 2021.
Kansas State isn’t without question marks heading into the season, but with veteran quarterback Thompson returning for another season, they have enough talent to be competitive in the Big 12. The over 5.5 wins for the Wildcats is one of the best bets you can make in college football this year.