Auburn Opponent Breakdown: Kansas State Wildcats

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Sep 6, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) is tackled by Iowa State Cyclones safety TJ Mutcherson (22) at Jack Trice Stadium. Kansas State beat Iowa State 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports


2014 Schedule

August 30 vs. Stephen F. Austin (W 55-16)

September 6 at Iowa State (W 32-28)

September 18 vs. Auburn

September 27 vs. UTEP

October 4 vs. Texas Tech

October 18 at Oklahoma

October 25 vs. Texas

November 1 vs. Oklahoma State

November 8 at TCU

November 20 at West Virginia

November 29 vs. Kansas

December 6 at Baylor

Kansas State is currently ranked 20th in the nation by the AP Poll, though with the team off this weekend, that standing could change by the time the Wildcats kickoff against No. 5 Auburn.

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Last season, the Wildcats finished 8-5, but won six of their final seven contests to gain a great deal of momentum heading into the 2014 season. K-State disposed of FCS opponent Steven F. Austin 55-16 in the season opener, then narrowly defeated Iowa State on the road in the first Big 12 Conference game of the season.

The 32-28 win against the Cyclones may not have been pretty, but like the Wildcats have done for most of the last three decades under head coach Bill Snyder, they found a way to win.

With the 74-year old at the helm, you can never count out the team from the Little Apple – especially when the Wildcats play in front of a capacity crowd of 50,000 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. That is exactly what they will do Thursday September 18 against the Auburn Tigers.

Kansas State is not expected to win the Big 12 this season, especially with national title contenders Oklahoma and Baylor in the picture. An eight or possibly nine-win season is a fair projection. However, the program has nearly always found a way to exceed expectations under Snyder, so it would not be a shock to see the Wildcats in the mix.