September 4, 2018 5:35:29 PM
To help you get familiar with Kansas State, I asked five questions for Kellis Robinett, the Kansas State beat writer for The Wichita Eagle/Kansas City Star. He's a good follow on Twitter, @KellisRobinett.
1 - So, that South Dakota game. What exactly was the problem and how is the fan base taking all of this?
The biggest problem was on offense. K-State was breaking in a new coordinator and playing two quarterbacks. The combination didn't work. The defense was fine. Special teams was great. I feel like fans have taken the close call better than expected. K-State is a notoriously slow-starting team that has proven it can go on to win 10 games after barely beating a FCS opponent in Week 1. I think people realize one week doesn't necessarily equal a bad season.
2 - Are there any discernible changes with two new coordinators?
They didn't reveal anything major changes in the opener, which was to be expected. This game is probably a better indicator of how the new coordinators want the Wildcats to play.
3 - How good is that returning offensive line and is it good enough to contend with Mississippi State's D-Line?
Hard to say. The offensive line was hyped as the strongest position on the roster. With five returning starters and an All-America candidate at right tackle (Dalton Risner) that makes sense. But K-State's offensive line didn't live up to its reputation in Week 1, and played very poorly. Maybe it was just an off game, but I tend to believe the Wildcats are a bit overrated up front. We'll see how they respond against Mississippi State
4 - What did Kansas State settle on at linebacker?
DaQuan Patton and Sam Sizelove played the most against South Dakota, while Elijah Sullivan rotated in when needed. Most expected Sullivan to play more than Sizelove. It was surprising to see them flipped.
5 - Is there any way to explain the Bill Snyder/Manhattan weirdness as Mississippi State tries to escape it alive?
It's a unique gameday experience. K-State blasts the same Bill Snyder approved music every Saturday before kickoff and preaches family throughout the afternoon. The tailgate scene outside ranks up there with any school. Once the game begins, 50,000 fans will support the Wildcats. It should be a good environment with Mississippi State in town.
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