October 17, 2007

Scouting the Wildcats

A win over Texas and a loss to Kansas.

Any other year, and that might sound weird in relation to Kansas State. But with the Longhorns looking weaker than normal and the Jayhawks looking stronger, where does that put the Wildcats? Even with the loss to KU, K-State is very much in the thick of things in the seemingly-improved Big 12 North.

The Wildcats are coming to Stillwater this weekend for a big match up against Oklahoma State, bringing a stout defense with them. That could be pretty interesting, since the Cowboys' offense seems to get better and better every game. So what to expect from the purple cats this weekend? Read on.

WILDCATS AT A GLANCE
Location:
Manhattan, Kan.
2006 record: 7-6 (4-4 Big 12)
Record so far this season: 4-2 (2-1)
Last game: Win, 47-20, over Colorado
Game time: 6 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater (TV: None. Just ask Jeff.)
Current ranking: No. 25 in the AP Poll
Fact of the week: This weekend's game between KSU and OSU will only be the sixth time the schools have met on the gridiron since the Big 12 schedule began in 1996.

THE BIG THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…
… the Wildcat offense:
It's definitely more of a pass-first mindset with KSU, as quarterback Josh Freeman has 1,528 throwing yards on the season. He almost has as many completions (151) as Zac Robinson has attempts (154). Even so, he has only five touchdowns and seven interceptions. KSU ranks 36th nationally in passing, at 264.5 yards per game. Receiver Jordy Nelson has been the main target in the aerial attack, as he has 56 catches for 727 yards and three scores.

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