While Kansas State enters the 2023 football season as the reigning champs from the Big 12, the hype for the Wildcats in the media has been hit-or-miss.
FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt recently brought up K-State on his podcast when discussing which teams could potentially win the Big 12 Conference in 2023, where Klatt labeled the Wildcats as the sneakiest team in the league.
“The sneakiest team in the Big 12? Kansas State,” Klatt said. “Just watch out for Kansas State. I love their O-line. I really like Will Howard and defensively they are just kind of tough as nails. I like what they do at Kansas State.”
The Wildcats enter the fall season wearing the crown from the previous year, but after losing key players like two-time All-American Deuce Vaughn, Big 12 DPOY Felix Anudike-Uzomah, and the Wildcats’ top pass catcher Malik Knowles, many sports personalities have the Cats taking a step back in 2023.
While some believe that Kansas State’s changed role from the hunter to the hunted could play a part in a slight tumble in the upcoming season, the Wildcats have a coach in Chris Klieman who knows a thing or two about defending titles. Klieman won a whopping four national titles in his five seasons at North Dakota State, to go along with five straight Missouri Valley Conference wins before joining former NDSU AD, Gene Taylor in Manhattan Kansas.
Kansas State kicks off its season on September 2nd against SEMO in hopes of reclaiming the title in back-to-back seasons in a rapidly growing Big 12.