SB Nation's Corn Nation examines the odd menace of Kansas State:
Last season, things didn't look so good for the Wildcats initially. A 17-15 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, followed by a 66-14 loss to Texas Tech had to raise questions just how long Bill Snyder's second rebuilding process was going to take. But KSU rebounded strongly the next week, defeating Texas A&M 62-14. And after a win against Colorado, the Wildcats suddenly found themselves in position to win the Big XII North. But a loss at home to Missouri put the Wildcats into a strange situation: beat Nebraska, and the Wildcats win the north and play for the Big XII title. Lose, and the season is over, as the Wildcats didn't have enough victories to be bowl eligible. Needless to say, Bo Pelini's squad took care of business and ended the Wildcats' surprising season.
Can Snyder work his magic again this season? Never count him out, though looking at the state of the Wildcats in the summer, it looks like this squad has some work to do. Only thirteen starters return from last year's squad, with key questions on both sides of the ball. Doesn't mean the Wildcats will regress (especially with a proven coach like Snyder in charge), but the question marks are obvious.