Big 12 Top Letdown Games For Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

Big 12 letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

What’s the game on every Big 12 schedule that should be a problem? They’re games that each team should win, but the A effort might not quite be there consider what happened the week before, or what’s coming next.

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Kansas State Wildcats Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Kansas State College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Kansas State Wildcats Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Kansas State season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Kansas State Wildcats Preview
Head Coach: Chris Klieman, 4th year at Kansas State, 20-16
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2021 Record: Overall: 8-5, Conference: 4-5
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Kansas State Wildcats Preview 2022

Kansas State was closer than it might have seemed to being deep in the hunt for big things.

Granted, life in the Big 12 is about winning the tight games to get out of the middle of the always even pack, but it didn’t get hammered in any of the five losses, slipped through enough wins to get bowling with ease, and then rolled a totally depleted LSU in the Texas Bowl.

The first three years under Chris Klieman have been solid for a program that’s used to being solid. Now what’s it going to take to be sensational and rise up and be in the Big 12 Championship mix?

This would be the year to do it.

Oklahoma is in a reboot and Texas is still trying to find itself – and then both of them are bolting.

The program knows how to fill in the parts instantly, it’s bringing in a dynamic veteran quarterback in Adrian Martinez, and there should be enough firepower to get that boost needed to win all those tight games.

2003 was the last time Kansas State got to the Big 12 Championship. It’s about time to get back, and it starts with …

Kansas State Wildcats Preview 2022: Offense

The Wildcats weren’t as bad offensively as the stats might make it seem, but they finished ninth in a ten team league averaging 362 yards per game, the running game was just okay, there was only an average of 28 points per game, and the 200 passing yards per outing were ninth in the conference. That’s all about to change if …

The offensive line has to rise up fast. The skill parts will be sneaky-great, and there’s talent at tackle around all-star Cooper Beebe, but the interior needs to be even stronger with three starters gone. Again, Kansas State always fills in the gaps.

The backs are in place to roll no matter what. The 5-6, 173-pound Deuce Vaughn is tough enough to handle the work coming off a 1,404-yard, 18-touchdown season. The depth is unproven, but the rushing production will also come from …

Adrain Martinez. He might not be the passer Skylar Thompson was, but he’s a veteran baller who threw for close to 8,500 yards and ran for over 2,300 with 35 scores in four years for Nebraska. He fits the offense, and so does backup Will Howard who can run, too.

The receiving corps is terrific. Vaughn led team with 49 catches, but Phillip Brooks is the top idiot, Malik Knowles is a big all-conference caliber target, and there’s a little help coming from the transfer portal.

Kansas State Wildcats Preview 2022: Defense

The defense was better than the offense. It finished third in the Big 12, was good enough to hold on against the stronger passing teams, and it allowed just 21 points per game.

There are plenty of losses, and unlike the offense there’s a whole lot more instant talent coming in to play a big role. The back seven/eight in the alignment should be terrific once the transfers get used to their jobs, and the pass rush should be fine, but …

The overall developed depth is a bit of a question mark. That goes for the offensive side, too, but for now it’s about figuring out how to get the starting 11 up to speed and then all the other parts should fill in.

The line isn’t exactly a concern, but the tackles have to rise up around veteran Eli Huggins. The pass rush starts with Felix Anudike-Uzomah and gets veteran Nate Matlack in the mix, but again, the overall depth and options need work.

The linebacking corps should be fine with Will Honas a ready-made producer from Nebraska after missing all of last year with a knee injury. With  Honas on the outside and leading tackler Daniel Green back in the middle, Kansas State will have one of the best 1-2 hitting punches in the Big 12.

The secondary already has established corners in Julius Brents and Ekow Boye-Doe, and the safeties are getting reinforcements with former QB Shawn Robinson coming in from Missouri – he first started at TCU – and JUCO transfer Kobe Savage ready to go.

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Kansas State Wildcats Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 Kansas State players going into the 2022 college football season?

Kansas State Wildcats Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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2022 NFL Draft: Best Picks of All-Time From Every Big 12 School

Who are the Big 12’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each Big 12 program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from every Big 12 program? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


The current Big 12 programs have more than their share of good all-time NFL players and draft picks, but the superstars aren’t there compared to the other top leagues. Even so, who are the Big 12’s best NFL draft selections of all-time?

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the Big 12 schools – these are the best draft picks.

That means that guys who had great careers for someone other than the teams that drafted them don’t get a whole lot of love, or aren’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters over one short burst of greatness.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Big 12 Spring Version 2022

Big 12 spring football rankings, lookaheads, and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

Big 12 college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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Good luck trying to figure out the Big 12 pecking order.

Kansas is still likely going to be near the bottom, but it’s better.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are likely going to be near the top, but there are concerns.

With coaching changes, big transfer portal moves, two schools starting to pack things up for the SEC – or, at least, wanting to – and underperforming teams from 2021 – Texas, TCU, Iowa State – all potentially good enough to crank up far better seasons, this is going to be fun.

Before diving into the nuts and bolts of each team with our team-by-team Preview 2022, here’s the spring version quick look, prediction, and ranking of each Big 12 team.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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Big 12 Needs To Keep Expanding: 22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 15

The Big 12 lost its two stars and made up for it with a smart expansion move. Now it needs to do more. 22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 15

22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 15: The Big 12 made some great moves after losing Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC. Now it needs to do more.


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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022

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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers

15. Big 12, get bigger, better, stronger, or else …

The Big 12 adding BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF was great – it should’ve done that ten years ago, and added USF, too – but it’s not replacing Oklahoma and Texas with those four.

It’s not going to Moneyball its way past losing Damon and Giambi without doing a whole lot more to not only strengthen the conference, but to have an overall contingency plan.

The Big 12 is in a strange place – and yeah, I sort of mean the middle part of the country, because geographically it’s able to draw on other schools that make sense for the league … and for other conferences to pick off its members.

Basketball-wise the Big 12 is a rock star even without the two monster football Oklahoma and Texas programs, but football pays the bills.

Thumping the chest about Kansas, Baylor, and the last two basketball national titles is awesome, but who’s the football powerhouse? Oklahoma State? Baylor? Iowa State? Eventually BYU and Cincinnati? No, there isn’t one at the high-end SEC or Big Ten levels.

There’s a reason why the Big 12 is more than happy to dive into the College Football Playoff expansion idea. A Big 12 champion would almost always be in, and so would a 10-2 team that would likely be 8-4 or 6-6 in the SEC or Big Ten. A weaker Power Five football conference isn’t necessarily a bad thing in an expanded CFP.

On the plus side, that lack of any monster football programs will temper the expansion interests of other conferences, but soon the basketball side of the Big 12 is going to play a role.

There’s one giant whale out there that’s been eerily quiet.

The Big Ten can’t pick off schools from the ACC – that’s for a later rant; the ACC contracts are way too tough to get out of – and it’s not going to start sniffing around the Pac-12. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of options.

No, Kansas isn’t great at football – neither are Rutgers and Maryland. The Big Ten expanded the last time around because it wanted a footprint for the Big Ten Network – among other things – in the New York/New Jersey area and in Baltimore/Washington DC. As I’ll keep reiterating through all this expansion talk, the Big Ten wants THE school in a state.

It wants the massive big state Tier 1 research schools, and there are only a handful of them who might be available.

The University of Kansas is one – by the way, the rest of the Big 12 schools are Tier 1 other than TCU and, from the new batch, BYU – and yeah, it just won the national championship in basketball, and yeah, it helps to bring in the Kansas City and St. Louis markets, and yeah, it’s an easy and natural rival for Nebraska, Iowa, and most of the Big Ten West.

If you’re the Pac-12, there are only so many places you can go, too, without simply taking over the Mountain West. For a conference that likes basketball – even more than football in some ways – Kansas might start to look a whole lot better.

Most of the Big 12 schools have to be in a discussion at some Tuesday afternoon meeting in George Kliavkov’s office.


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Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma 
Oklahoma State | TCU | Texas | Texas Tech | West Virginia


To keep hammering this home, there’s a prestige in having the University of (insert state name here), which is why West Virginia might have some interest for the ACC, but that’s likely low on the Big 12’s lists of concerns at the moment.

But let’s say everyone is standing pat and the current Big 12 configuration for a few years from now is solid. Again, what else you got, Big 12, football-wise? How can the conference learn from the Oklahoma and Texas blindside and go on the offensive?

USF should be part of the future plans – the Tampa market and huge enrollment helps – but there’s one big move the Big 12 can make that would make too much sense – beat the Pac-12 to the Mountain West punch.

Not to sound all geopolitical, but by landing BYU there’s a bridge that works for the Big 12 to expand west.

If the Big 12 wants to fire a shot across the bow, grab UNLV – Las Vegas is going to be to the Pac-12 what Indianapolis is to the Big Ten and Atlanta is to the SEC – or Nevada. Colorado State works awfully well – by the way, Nevada, UNLV and Colorado State are Tier 1 research schools – and then if it really wants to make some noise …

Nab San Diego State and that market and that basketball team and that football program with its shiny new stadium before the Pac-12 figures out that the school is a perfect fit – other than the Tier 1 research part.

Oh, and one more move that makes way too much sense. You’re missing a football powerhouse, Big 12? How about North Dakota State? Tier 1 research school, insane rabid base, and …

I know I’m getting way off the rails here.

Let’s give credit to a Big 12 that was considered all but dead by some after losing its two superstar members – and remember, that’s after losing Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M over the last few years, too.

BYU was a fantastic get. So was Cincinnati, so was UCF, so was Houston. The conference is still alive, there’s a great energy around those four new schools coming in, and there’s a chance to keep on growing.

But it’s the world of college athletics. Either you’re eating, or you’re being eaten.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers

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2022 Kansas State Football Schedule: 3 Things To Know

Kansas State football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Kansas State football schedule 2022: What are the big games on the Kansas State schedule and what are 3 things to know?


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West Virginia vs Kansas State College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

West Virginia vs Kansas State prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, March 9

West Virginia vs Kansas State prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, March 9


West Virginia vs Kansas State How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, March 9
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: West Virginia (15-16), Kansas State (14-16)
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Kansas State vs Texas Tech Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Kansas State vs Texas Tech prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Monday.

Kansas State vs Texas Tech prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Monday, February 28


Kansas State vs Texas Tech How To Watch

Date: Monday, February 28
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Kansas State (14-14), Texas Tech (22-7)
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Kansas State vs Texas Tech Game Preview


Why Kansas State Will Win

The Wildcats continue to give it a push.

They’re struggling overall defensively, but they’re bombing away with the most threes in the Big 12 and with the best defense against the three. They always have a puncher’s chance.

This isn’t going to be a shootout – Texas Tech won’t allow it. So if Kansas State can be decent from the outside and get to the free throw line – it’s not bad when it gets its chances – it can keep this close.

Texas Tech isn’t all that strong from the free throw line, it’s not all that great from three and it’s not totally dominant at stopping the three. And …

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Why Texas Tech Will Win

The Red Raider defense is a rock.

No, it doesn’t shut down teams cold from the outside, but it’s always a grind to generate points against the pressure and style.

TCU was able to win 69-66 at home, but it had to hit half of its shots to do it. Oklahoma won at home against the Red Raiders a few weeks ago, but it had to make 49% of its shots to do it.

It’s possible to beat Texas Tech without going off from the field, but that’s not happening lately. It’s going to take a phenomenal shooting day for Kansas State to make this a fight.

Kansas State is the second-worst shooting team in the Big 12 making 42% of its shots.

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What’s Going To Happen

Texas Tech doesn’t lose at home.

It’s 5-7 on the road, but the team takes things up to a whole other level at United Supermarkets going 17-0.

These two played in mid-January up in Manhattan, and Texas Tech rolled 62-51 with the defense stopping the Wildcats from the outside. The D will come up with a big performance at home.

Kansas State vs Texas Tech Prediction, Lines

Texas Tech 76, Kansas State 63
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 2

5: No War
1: War

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Kansas State vs Kansas Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Kansas State vs Kansas prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Tuesday.

Kansas State vs Kansas prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, February 22


Kansas State vs Kansas How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, February 22
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Kansas State (14-12), Kansas (22-4)
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Kansas State vs Kansas Game Preview


Why Kansas State Will Win

We did this back in late January and Kansas State gave the Jayhawks all they could handle. It might have been a 78-75 Kansas win, but the Wildcats did a great job from the field and locked down from three.

No one in the Big 12 takes more threes than Kansas State, only a few teams are better in the nation at guarding the outside, and there aren’t enough mistakes to give away easy points.

The team can bomb its way back into games and keep up with just about anyone, but …

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Why Kansas Will Win

The Kansas State interior presence isn’t there.

There aren’t any blocks and rebounding against the Jayhawks will be a massive problem. Kansas scores in bunches, it’s fantastic at coming up with easy points on the inside, and be shocked if there isn’t a massive difference in rebounding.

The offense is pumping all while the defense is playing as well as it has all season. Again, it’ll roll on the boards and it should lock down against the three – Kansas State lost even though it made ten in the first meeting. And …

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What’s Going To Happen

Kansas State isn’t hitting ten threes this time.

Kansas is too good from they field, Kansas State is too limited when it’s not on fire from the outside, and to hammer this home, the rebounding.

There will be too many Wildcat one-and-dones as the game starts to slip away in the second half.

Kansas State vs Kansas Prediction, Lines

Kansas 77, Kansas State 68
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 3

5: Having the middle seat open next to you on a flight
1: People who put their chair back all the way

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