Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) against the Oregon Ducks during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Football Roundtable: Is Kansas State the Team to Beat Next Year in the Big 12?

The Kansas State Wildcats won the Big 12 conference this season in football. Kansas State riding the legs of senior quarterback Collin Klein posted an 11-1 mark before falling to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. Klein is leaving, creating a hole at the quarterback position. Can Kansas State rebound and be a favorite next year in the Big 12?

Ricky:Kansas State should not be a favorite for next year, but could be one in two years. The Wildcats could lose a lot of key players, but none more important then senior Collin Klein. Klein was a Heisman Finalist this year and was the key to their offense. Yes, freshman quarterback Daniel Sims played when Klein was injury against Oklahoma State, but there might be some growing pains as he steps in to maybe a starting role. To me, I think TCU is my favorite next season. They play well defensively and Trevone Boykin has bloomed nicely at quarterback.

George: I agree, that Kansas State needs to fill the quarterback spot. Klein, graduating creates a huge hole at the spot. Can Sims jump in and play to the same level Klein played at right away? Not likely. Kansas State still will be a talented squad, and likely garner eight wins. Oklahoma who finished second in the Big 12, also will feature a new quarterback, causing stress on head coach Bob Stoops. Baylor is another team who will be searching for a new quarterback after Nick Florence graduated. My favorite for the Big 12 next year is Texas, who had a coming out party in the Alamo Bowl vs Oregon State. Their defense is improving as is quarterback David Ash.


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