Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give their take on the Kansas State Wildcats. What is the best bet for their title odds, season win total and more?
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How's it going in Manhattan? See where your fellow Wildcat fans rank on the happiness meter.
Remember "One True Champion"? The Big 12 does. The league hopes having a conference title game will change its sagging playoff fortune. But there are no guarantees.
Bill Snyder deserves more credit
Snyder was the overwhelming top choice as the most underrated head coach in FBS, according to a poll by CBS Sports. Washington's Chris Petersen was next, with David Cutcliffe (Duke) and Ken Niumatalolo (Navy) meriting mention as well.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder talks to Ivan Maisel and Adam Rittenberg about his career in Manhattan, his expectations for the 2017 season and much more.
It's easy to focus on Bill Snyder, but Kansas State's offense deserves plenty of attention.
Sooners heavy favorite to win Big 12
According to ESPN's FPI, Oklahoma has a 72 percent chance to win the conference. Can Tom Herman surprise everyone and lead Texas back to prominence? Or will Mason Rudolph lead the high-powered Cowboys' offense to their first conference title since 2011?
Trent Tanking looks likely to claim the middle linebacker spot, but both of the other positions are up for grabs.
New rules mean college football camps are opening up earlier and running longer, and coaches across the country are wondering why things had to change.
The primary topic throughout the Wildcats' season will be their venerable head coach, Bill Snyder, and whether this is his final season in Manhattan.
Will Sooners three-peat?
Oklahoma is the favorite to win the Big 12 for the third consecutive season. In-state rival Oklahoma State has the second-best odds behind Heisman hopeful Mason Rudolph. Or will Tom Herman return the Longhorns back to the top of the conference?
Ertz makes the Davey O'Brien Award watch list
Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz has been named to the 2017 Davey O'Brien Award watch list. This year's list was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2017 college football season. Ertz threw for 1,755 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2016.
The ageless Bill Snyder has 14 returning starters and a veteran quarterback in Jesse Ertz, which spells trouble for the rest of the Big 12.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Kansas State's Bill Snyder, the elder statesman in all of college football, said he's proud of young coaches Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma and Texas' Tom Herman. Both, Snyder said, are "guys that I'm convinced really want to do it right."
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Kansas State's Dalton Risner on fellow offensive tackle Scott Frantz, who announced on ESPN last week that he's gay. Risner and the Wildcats learned nearly two years ago, immediately embracing Frantz.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he is doing well in his recovery from throat cancer.
Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who announced earlier this year that he was diagnosed with throat cancer, said at Big 12 media days on Tuesday that he's doing well: "I'm doing fine. The recovery is ongoing, quite obviously. I'm doing fine, getting around fine and don't have any issues right now, other than trying to prepare for the season."
Oklahoma has a new coach in Lincoln Riley, but don't expect any changes at the top of the Big 12 standings. Here's how the conference shapes up.
It's a virtual guarantee: In a high-stakes game this season, a punt or kick will go haywire and crush a team's hopes. With that in mind, let's take a look at the best special teams units in the nation for 2017.
Three Wildcats make Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list
Kansas State DB D.J. Reed, DE Reggie Walker and DT Will Geary were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award goes to the nation's top defensive standout. Last season, Reed recorded 78 total tackles and three interceptions. Walker had 38 total tackles, including 4.5 sacks, while Geary finished with 45 total tackles.
Lincoln Riley will begin the post-Bob Stoops era at Oklahoma with the same lofty expectations, as the Sooners were picked to finish atop the Big 12 in a media vote.
Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
Oklahoma is the preseason pick to win the Big 12 with 19 first-place votes. Oklahoma State was second in the poll with 12 first-place votes. Kansas State was third and received one first-place vote.
Kansas State offensive tackle Scott Frantz told ESPN he has "never felt so loved and so accepted ever in my life" than when he decided to tell his Wildcats teammates that he is gay.